A colt by Speightstown out of Walking Path purchased by Woodford Thoroughbreds for $170,000 topped the 14 Maryland-breds sold Sept. 13-25 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale in Lexington, Ky. The group brought a combined gross of $738,000, for an average price of $52,714, and a median of $26,000.
Bred by Gatewood Bell, Hunter Rankin and Gray Lyster, the highest-priced colt is the sixth foal produced by Walking Path, an unraced daughter of Bernardini who is also the dam of stakes winner Mister Nofty (Scat Daddy). Found under the colt’s third dam Lilac Garden are champions Electronic Unicorn and Ambitious Cat and Kentucky Oaks-G1 winner Blushing K. D.
The second-highest selling Maryland-bred, a $145,000 chestnut filly by Gun Runner out of multiple-stakes winning Joy, is a descendant from David and JoAnn Hayden’s foundation mare Safely Home and represents five generations of the family at Dark Hollow Farm. Now named Joyrunner, she was a participant in this year’s Maryland Horse Breeders Association Yearling Show in Class IV.
The following are the six-figure Maryland-bred yearlings sold at this year’s sale (with breeder, consignor and buyer):
$170,000: Bay colt by Speightstown—Walking Path, by Bernardini; Gatewood Bell, Hunter Rankin and Gray Lyster; Paramount Sales, Agent L; Woodford Thoroughbreds.
$145,000: Chestnut filly by Gun Runner—Joy, by Pure Prize; Dark Hollow Farm; Dark Hollow Farm, Agent; Jim McIngvale.
$120,000: Bay colt by Shackleford—What Will Be, by Anees; Avla Pitts; James B. Keogh (Grovendale), Agent I; Jim McIngvale.