Off the charts, no question. You just have to hope that it doesn’t turn out to be off the rails, too.
— Chris McGrath

Indices measuring the business done at Keeneland over the past fortnight trail sparks and smoke. Pondering the state of the market before the September Sale, it had been clear that to maintain the arc set by Fasig-Tipton's summer yearling sales would require something fairly historic.

In the event, the market carried right on through the roof. The numbers strewn behind the world's biggest bloodstock auction represent the statistical equivalent of splintered rafters and shattered tiles. A $129,335 average represented another 7.3% gain on last year's record. Total turnover weighed out at $377,130,400, up a giddy 22.5% and the fourth highest ever at a sale that has, over the years, seen it all.

The aggregate between Fasig-Tipton’s sales summer and Keeneland September reached a staggering $478,188,900, up from $393,161,000 last year-and $347,889,000 in 2016.