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Lane’s End Sells Filly for $600K

September 15, 2000

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ A dark bay filly from Lane’s End Farm sold for $600,000, the top price Thursday during the fourth session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Frank Mansell bought the filly, by Belong to Me and out of the Seattle Slew mare Lassie Connection.

Belong to Me has become a popular young stallion who has already sired stakes winners Jersey Girl, Belle Cherie, Terreavigne, Dancewiththebride, Circle of Life, and Lucky Roberto. The mare, Lassie Connection, is the dam of stakes winner Winning Connection and stakes-placed winners Thrilla in Manila and Houston Connection.

Keeneland sold 261 horses on Thursday for a total of $27,132,000. The average price was $103,954 and the median price was $60,000. A year ago, on the fourth day of the sale, Keeneland sold 297 head for $22,478,500 with an average price of $75,685 and a median of $50,000.

After a record-setting start, the buying rates at the auction have tailed off slightly.

Keeneland has sold 976 yearlings for a grand total of $220,799,500 during the first four days of the 13-day sale. The average price is $226,229 and the median is $120,000. A year ago, Keeneland had sold 1,052 yearlings for $171,364,000 with an average price of $162,894 and a median of $90,000 through the first four days.

Lane’s End, the William Farish-owned farm in nearby Versailles, has been the sale’s hottest consignor. Lane’s End had sold $45,697,000 worth of yearlings coming into the fourth session and sold another $4,105,000 on Thursday.

``It’s been unbelievable,″ Farish said. ``It’s been beyond our wildest expectations. But I think the market shows that there is plenty of money out there for the good-looking horses with solid pedigrees. I think it will keep going, too. I think it will be strong right through the weekend. There are still a lot of people here and they are all looking for horses.″

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