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Filly Brings Top Price at Keeneland

January 15, 2005

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ A 4-year-old filly brought $80,000 Saturday to top the final session of Keeneland’s Horses of All Ages Sale.

Vic Hanson bought Two Bayou, by Two Punch out of Bayou La Batre, from the consignment of Brookdale Sales, as agent for Flatbird Stable.

Keeneland sold 165 horses during Saturday’s final session for $1,197,400, an average of $7,257. There was no comparable session last year.

Keeneland sold 1,361 horses during the six-day auction for $53.4 million, the third-highest gross in the history of the auction. During a five-day sale last year, 1,258 horses and two stallion seasons brought nearly $49.4 million. This year’s average, $39,249, was up slightly from $39,225 last year.

Two horses brought $1 million or more during the sale, topped by the $1.35 million paid for Cozzene’s Angel, the 11-year-old dam of multiple Grade I stakes winner Toccet. She is pregnant to Pulpit.

Keeneland canceled the July Selected Yearling Sale for the third straight year. Yearlings that would have sold in July will be offered during the September yearling sale.

Track officials have said that buyers and sellers prefer one sale for yearlings.

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