Keeneland Sale highlights for Southern Image
Taylor Made Stallions were pleased to report that Southern Image yearlings faired extremely well at the Keeneland September Sales in the US.
Despite having 17 of his 34 yearlings catalogued in books 7 and 8, coupled with a severe downturn in the economy, the sales results were extremely encouraging and an indication of the quality this stallion produces.
Southern Image exited the sale with an average of $48,428; more than 3.2 times his initial stud fee of $15,000. Things were really exciting when hip #2439, a colt out of Hasty Appeal, entered the ring. With the likes of Mike Machowsky, Legends Racing and Hoby Kight all bidding on the Southern Image colt, it wasn’t until the hammer fell at $290,000 to Third Street Stables that Southern Image had the 2nd highest priced yearling of the session.
Other yearlings sold for $95,000, $90,000, $70,000, $55,000, $52,000, $50,000 (3), etc. Some very notable buyers such as Bill Farish, Heiligbrodt Racing, Kenny McPeek, John Forbes, Jr., Ciaran Dunne, Tim Kegel, Crupi’s New Castle Farm, etc. all signed tickets for yearling by Southern Image.
Back down under, Southern Image has again been well supported by breeders in 2008, with Widden Stud expecting him to cover some 80 to 100 mares in his third colonial season; Southern Image’s popularity with breeders is accounted for by both his impeccable performance record and his impressive offspring.
A triple Group one winner in the US, Southern Image is the best performed Halo line stallion standing in Australia today. An ideal outcross for the heavier Danehill line mares that dominate the Australian broodmare market, his first crop of yearlings are most impressive whilst his second foal crop has again been met with rave reviews.
Filly foal pictured is by Southern Image from Speedy Cat, bred by Mr Joe Tripodi
Widden stud have produced some outstanding individuals that are expected to be very popular in sales rings from 2009.