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Brisk Trade Carries On During Eighth Day at Keeneland

A Quality Road filly bred by Stone Farm was a standout during the Sept. 18 session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, and was purchased by Sarah Kelley for $420,000 to top the auction’s eighth day.

As has been the case since the marathon sale began Sept. 10, there was brisk activity in the barn area and outdoor and spirited bidding throughout the Tuesday session, as buyers showed no signs of fatigue. …

Consigned by Stone Farm, the Quality Road filly (Hip 2550) was a May 22 foal and the first produced from the Pulpit mare Chapel, a daughter of multiple grade 2 winner Owsley and a half sister to stakes winner Senada and stakes-placed Arthur’s Tale and War Hoot.

“She’s an outstanding individual and we’re very happy to have won her,” said McCalmont, adding that the filly was actually purchased by Jon Kelley as a gift to his wife, which is why it carried Sarah’s name on the sale slip.

“She’s a late foal from an organic farm,” McCalmont said. “She has a lovely pedigree and the Kelleys were very comfortable with buying from Arthur and Staci Hancock.”

Arthur Hancock said the filly was likely placed in the middle of the sale by Keeneland representatives because of her late foaling date.

“For the last three or four weeks she really began to grow,” Hancock said. “She is poised and well balanced with a nice walk and has a great mind. She would have stood out anywhere.”