Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Leading First-Crop sire Gun Runner continues to be a hit with his youngsters at the Keeneland September Yearling sale, the latest coming on Wednesday when a colt brought a top bid of $975,000.

Consigned by Gainesway, agent, hip No. 574 went to Jacob West, agent for Repole Stable and St. Elias Stables.

“You probably can’t name a hotter stallion or a stallion that has gotten off to a hotter start than him,” West said of Gun Runner. “The colt looks like his dad. The whole team loved him. He is by Gun Runner and out of a Tapit mare and that is a pretty good combo, we hope. We are excited to get him.”

The chestnut colt is out of the unraced Time to Tap, who is a full sister to Winchell’s champion filly and Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Untapable and a half-sister to Grade One-winning stallion Paddy O’Prado.

Later in the session hip No. 679, consigned by Lane’s End, agent, went to Courtlandt Farm for $875,000. The dark bay colt is out of Distorted Lies, whose dam won the Forward Gal S. (G2). His fourth dam, Miss Doolittle, is the dam of Florida Derby (G1) winner Dialed In.

Fourteen Gun Runners yearlings have sold through the first three days for a total of $5.845 million and average of $417,500. He has a total of 62 yearlings in the sale that runs through Sept. 24.