Follow Day One Of The Keeneland January Horses Of All Ages Sale

The next generation has led the way into the 2020 auction season, with a newly-turned yearling colt by Gun Runner setting the pace during Monday’s opening session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale at $290,000.

Bloodstock agent Nick de Meric purchased the dark bay or brown colt from the first crop of 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner as agent for Klaravich Stables.

The colt is the first foal out of the stakes-placed Any Given Saturday mare Sunday Sonnet, who is herself a half-sister to multiple Grade 3 winner Pianist. His extended family includes Irish champion Prince of Birds and Italian Group 1 winner Sudan.

“He’s just a beautifully balanced, smooth, athletic-looking colt, an outstanding mover, and by a young sire that I think has a tremendously bright future,” de Meric said. “Gun Runner is already turning heads, and I think the best is yet to come for him.”

De Meric said he’d been in the hunt for a few other Gun Runner foals during the fall mixed sale season, but this was his first successful purchase.

“I think the same horse here in September could easily bring 30-40 percent more than he did today,” de Meric said. “Obviously, that’s the play that we’re gambling on – that we’re not competing with the entire yearling buying public.”

The colt was bred in Kentucky by Hermitage Farm, and he was consigned by Denali Stud, agent.

“It’s a nice way to start the year,” said Denali Stud’s Conrad Bandoroff. “He was raised by Bill Landis and his team at Hermitage Farm, and they raise a wonderful horse. He was a standout in the sale, and if you bring a quality offering into the January sale like that, they can really stand out.

“He really had a swagger about himself,” Bandoroff continued. “He handled everything in stride, and was a really fun colt to have in the barn.”

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