Buyer Confidence Drives Competitive Market as Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale Closes

Confidence in the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry translated into healthy returns for Keeneland’s 2018 November Breeding Stock Sale, which ended today following 12 days of robust trade. The trend of spirited competition among domestic and foreign buyers for quality individuals continued from the September Yearling Sale, resulting in eight horses sold for $1 million or more, among them champion Lady Eli for $4.2 million and Grade 2 winner My Miss Sophia for $4 million, and strong demand for weanlings and horses of racing age.

Lady Eli

Total sales for the auction, held Nov. 5-16, grossed $188,508,300 for 2,538 horses, a dip of 6.69 percent from last year’s 12-day auction total of $202,021,700 when 2,424 horses sold. Cumulative average of $74,274 was down 10.88 percent from last year’s $83,342. The median declined 18.03 percent from $30,500 to $25,000. Eight horses brought $1 million or more versus 18 in 2017.

“The desire to own top-quality horses that we saw in September was fully evident throughout November,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “The positive indicators continue: competitive bidding at all levels of the market, strong participation by domestic and foreign buyers and a willingness to stretch budgets to acquire the exceptional individuals.”

The strength of Keeneland’s recent September Sale, which grossed more than $377 million to be the fourth-highest in sale history, is credited with prompting more commercial breeders to reinvest in broodmares and with encouraging end users (buyers who intend to race their purchases) and pinhookers (buyers who intend to resell their purchases) to reinvest in weanlings this November.

“The purchase of broodmares signal a buyer’s willingness to make a long-term investment,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “Commercial breeders are buying broodmares to replenish their stock. People also are buying weanlings to race or sell in a strong yearling market. All of this is encouraging for those who try to determine the temperature of the horse industry, the breeding community: It’s strong for quality stock.”

In a format change this year, the November Sale opened with an exclusive one-day Book 1 catalog aimed at showcasing graded stakes-winning fillies and mares and outstanding weanlings.

Purchases at the top of the market extended across a diverse clientele. Book 1 produced the eight seven-figure broodmares, led by Lady Eli and My Miss Sophia, bought by eight different individual buyers representing major U.S. and Japanese commercial breeders.

John G. Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale spent $4.2 million for champion Lady Eli, a 6-year-old daughter of Divine Park regarded asone of the all-time leading turf distaffers in North America. Lady Eli has resided at Hill ‘n’ Dale since her last start, the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) at Del Mar. Hill ‘n’ Dale consigned the mare for owner Sheep Pond Partners.

My Miss Sophia sold for $4 million to Steven W. Young, agent, who was the November Sale’s leading buyer, spending a total of $4,985,000 for six horses. She was consigned by Lane’s End, agent.

Both Lady Eli and My Miss Sophia sold in foal to top sire War Front, the sale’s leading covering sire with six in-foal mares bringing $13,025,000 for an average of $2,170,833. Five of those mares bought more than $1 million each. Other leading covering sires by average were Medaglia d’Oro ($795,000), Curlin ($613,333) and Quality Road ($430,500).

Forty-three individual buyers spent $1 million or more during the November Sale. Buyers represented top domestic interests and 23 different countries, prominent among them the Yoshida brothers, Katsumi and Teruya, and Yukio Shimokobe of Japan and a large contingent of Australian horsemen.

“We are very pleased with the demand for American-bred horses we saw here in November,” Elliston said.

Northern Farm’s Katsumi Yoshida, the sale’s second-leading buyer, acquired four mares for $4,475,000, led by $2.2 million for Tiffany’s Honour, a Street Cry (IRE) half-sister to Hall of Famer Rags to Riches and Belmont winner Jazil, sold in foal to Medaglia d’Oro. He also spent $925,000 for Grade 1 stakes-placed Alluring Star, in foal to Curlin; $725,000 for Grade 1 winner Lady Ivanka; and $625,000 for Grade 3 winner Money’soncharlotte, in foal to Arrogate.

Teruya Yoshida’s Shadai Farm paid $1.25 million for Grade 1 winner Zipessa, in foal to Medaglia d’Oro, and $750,000 for Grade 2 winner Lovely Bernadette.

Yukio Shimokobe went to $1 million for Galileo’s Song (IRE), a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Magnificent Song by leading sire Galileo (IRE), in foal to Curlin.

Top U.S. commercial breeders also made key additions to their breeding operations. Jane Lyon’s Summer Wind Equine paid $1.75 million for Key To My Heart (IRE), a daughter of Galileo in foal to War Front. Claiborne Farm, agent, acquired Stays in Vegas, a Grade 3-winning daughter of City Zip in foal to War Front, for $1.5 million. Town & Country Horse Farms bought Group 3 winner Pretty Perfect (IRE), by Galileo in foal to War Front, for $1.125 million.

Australian horsemen bought 42 horses at the November Sale. Those attending were Julien Blaxland of Blue Sky Bloodstock and Craig Rounsefell of Boomer Bloodstock; John Muir, owner of Milburn Creek; and officials from such leading Australian breeding operations as John Messara’s Arrowfield and Nasser Lootah’s Emirates Park.

“You look through the stakes results in Australia and American mares have produced a lot of stakes winners,” Emirates Park General Manager Bryan Carlson said. “We have a great broodmare band in Australia and to add to that we thought we’d try to get a couple of stakes-winning mares.”

Emirates Park paid $500,000 for Red Lodge, a daughter of Midshipman in foal to Kitten’s Joy. In 2016, Red Lodge ran in the Norfolk (G2) at Royal Ascot, won the Colleen Stakes at Monmouth Park and set a 5-furlong course record at Belmont Park.

“(American mares are) a great outcross,” Arrowfield Bloodstock Manager John Freyer said. “We’ve got a lot of Danehill blood. They complement our stallions because they’re built for speed and that’s what we like in our country. We like horses bred for precocity and speed. They produce the type of individuals that our market wants as well. They want horses with good bone, muscle, substance.

“We just like coming (to Keeneland),” Freyer added. “It’s great to catch up with people. It’s a global meeting place.”

In-foal mares purchased by Australians generally foal in Central Kentucky before traveling to their new homes in Australia. The resulting offspring are offered at sales as weanlings or yearlings.

Weanlings consigned to the November Sale appealed to pinhookers and end users, who are typically active in the yearling market during the September Sale.

“Consignors should be commended for bringing a very good group of weanlings to market,” Keeneland Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell said. “The horses they brought ticked all the boxes, they were strong quality and vetted well. A number of end users were competing with pinhookers this year. The yearling market has been so strong they decided to short-circuit it, realizing that it might be less expensive to buy horses as weanlings than yearlings.”

Whisper Hill Farm and Three Chimneys Farm teamed to spend $800,000 on the sale’s top-priced weanling, a filly by Tapit who is the second foal of champion female sprinter La Verdad. Eaton Sales, agent, consigned the filly, one of six supplemental entries to the sale.

Other weanling buyers included Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Estate Co. Ltd., which purchased four horses for $1,685,000, led by a $500,000 Speightstown filly whose dam, Lemon Gin, is a half-sister to Shadwell’s 2016 Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner and sire, Tamarkuz. Larry Best’s OXO Equine purchased two weanlings for $1,125,000, including a $600,000 colt from the first crop of champion and Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Nyquist and from the family of Lady Eli.

“I have seen plenty of trainers looking at weanlings,” said Neal Clarke of Bedouin Bloodstock, which sold a weanling colt by Quality Road to OXO Equine for $525,000. “Todd Pletcher is one who came and looked at ours. That is something that has started here recently – not necessarily just this year. It has gotten to be noticeable.”

“Definitely in Books 1 and 2, the demand (for weanlings) paralleled the yearling market,” said James B. Keogh of Grovendale, which ranked among the sale’s leading consignors, selling 51 horses for $5,555,200, topped by the aforementioned Stays in Vegas.

The horses of racing age segment of the November Sale continues to grow in popularity among horsemen. This year, horses of racing age were featured in Book 5 on Monday, Nov. 12 and Tuesday, Nov. 13. On the latter day, gross sales reached $6,337,000 for 244 horses to mark a 60.33 percent increase from the total of the corresponding session last year.

Top price given for a horse of racing age was the $650,000 paid by West Bloodstock, agent for Robert and Lawana Low, for Federal Case, a 2-year-old colt by Gemologist who won his first start in October at Keeneland. WinStar Racing, agent, which sold 12 horses for $1,115,000, consigned Federal Case.

Jacob West credited WinStar for offering Federal Case at public auction.

“On the private market (shopping for horses of racing age) is so hard because historically speaking everybody wants these astronomical numbers,” West said. “When (these horses) show up here, (sellers) expose (the horse) to the world. To be honest, more people should do it. To me, you get paid when you show up here.

“I’ve been a big proponent of people bringing their horses to public auction because the public will tell you what (the horse) is worth,” West added. “It’s a lot better because you get to see them. You get to vet them. There’s not the hustle and bustle of trying to beat everybody to the punch. It’s easier for us as agents to buy them when they’re at a public auction like this.”

“It was remarkable,” said Keogh, who handled the WinStar Racing consignment, about the interest in racehorses. “Every racehorse that we came up here with – whether we sold it for $7,500 or $650,000 – there were three people there to buy every single one of those horses. That’s not always what you also see at yearling sales.”

Among the horses of racing age sold at the 2017 November Sale are this year’s Grade 1 winners Diversify, Liam the Charmer, Long On Value and Next Shares. Winner of Keeneland’s $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) in October, Next Shares sold to David Meah, agent, for $190,000 last year.

Meah was back at this year’s November Sale.

“There’s lots of options available to buyers – not just broodmares and foals and stallion prospects, which we’re looking for too – but tons of racehorses, everything from stakes horses to maidens,” Meah said. Meah-Lloyd Bloodstock bought nine weanlings, broodmares and horses of racing age for $661,200. His purchases included two 3-year-olds: Dulce Ride, a winning daughter of Candy Ride (ARG) for $180,000, and War Chest, a War Front colt out of Azeri’s Grade 2-winning daughter Wine Princess, for $110,000.

The November Sale was a success for ELiTE, which concentrates on offering stakes fillies as racing or broodmare prospects. ELiTE sold 14 horses for $3,455,000, led by Grade 1 winner Lady Ivanka at $725,000, and sold two additional mares privately after they did not meet their reserves in the sale ring.

“From Book 1 through the (horses of racing age) day, we were very excited about how everything sold,” said ELiTE Founder and President Bradley Weisbord. ELiTE ranked as leading consignor by average during the Nov. 13 session that featured horses of racing age with four horses bringing an average of $137,500.

“We thank consignors such as WinStar and ELiTE for their strong support and their commitment to the market,” Russell said. “The horses of racing age segment gives a nice boost to the second week of the November Sale, and we encourage more sellers to take advantage of the opportunity it provides.”

Other buyers at the November Sale acquired mares to support new stallions of 2019. Seventeen mares for $1,437,000 were purchased for 2017 Belmont (G1) winner Tapwrit, who enters stud next year at Gainesway, in the name of Gainesway/Bridlewood/Tapwrit. Brad and Misty Grady spent $1,256,000 on 13 mares to support their Grade 1 winner Girvin, who begins stud duty next year at Ocala Stud in Florida. Army Mule Partnership purchased four mares for $249,000, highlighted by session-topper Stormy’s Song for $102,000, to send to the undefeated Grade 1 winner who enters stud at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms in 2019.

The November Sale also included the final offerings from the Edward A. Cox Dispersal. Claiborne Farm acted as agent for the dispersal, which sold a total of 20 horses for $3,669,000. They were led by Treasure Trail, a half-sister to Horse of the Year Zenyatta in foal to Uncle Mo who sold to Northshore Bloodstock, agent, for $725,000 on opening day of the sale.

On Friday, Keeneland sold 118 horses for $541,400 for an average of $4,588 and a median of $2,500. There are no comparable figures from 2017.

Nursery Place paid $45,000 for the session-topper, the 8-year-old Kitten’s Joy mare Carnival Kitten, in foal to Red Rocks (IRE). Consigned by Select Sales, agent, she is a half-sister to Irish Group 1-placed Red Molony.

For the 23rd time since 1987, Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, led all consignors at the November Sale. Taylor Made sold 258 horses for a total of $23,958,400.

Keeneland thanks its consignors and buyers for their ongoing support throughout the auction year.

Keeneland’s next sale is the 2019 January Horses of All Ages Sale, which runs Jan. 7-11.

Curtain Falls on Marathon Keeneland November Sale

The sale-topping Lady Eli in the ring during the Keeneland November Sale

Curtain Falls on Marathon Keeneland November Sale

The 12th and final session Nov. 16 brought down the curtain on the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale that saw sustained competition throughout, particularly for the quality offerings, and final numbers off from a year ago.

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Stormy’s Song Sells for $102,000 to Headline Wednesday at Keeneland November Sale

Stormy’s Song, a winning filly by Unbridled’s Song, brought $102,000 from Army Mule Partnership to top Wednesday’s session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

During this 10th session of the 12-day sale, 237 horses grossed $2,903,800 for an average of $12,252 and a median of $7,000. There are no comparable figures from 2017.

Cumulatively, 2,286 horses have sold for $187,191,400 for an average of $81,886 and a median of $32,000.

Hidden Brook, agent, consigned Stormy’s Song, a 4-year-old filly by Unbridled’s Song sold as a racing or broodmare prospect. She is out of the Stormy Atlantic mare Stormy Tak, a daughter of multiple Grade 1 winner Lady Tak.

“We’re real familiar with the whole family; we bred Stormy Tak (in a partnership),” Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm General Manager Jared Burdine said. “She’s going to go to (new Hill ‘n’ Dale stallion) Army Mule for a partnership there. We’re excited about him as a stallion.”

With the purchase, Army Mule Partnership was the session’s leading buyer.

Two horses sold for $85,000 each to be the day’s second-highest prices.

Rustlewood Farm paid that amount for Commentary, a 3-year-old filly by The Factor sold as a broodmare prospect. Out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Siren Serenade, Commentary is a half-sister to Grade 1 stakes-placed Luminance and from the immediate family of Grade 1 winners Versailles Treaty and George Vancouver. She was consigned by Summerfield, agent.

Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm purchased Paulownia, in foal to Keen Ice, for $85,000 from Select Sales, agent. A 7-year-old mare by Quiet American out of the Lyphard mare Misty Dancer, Paulownia is a full sister to Quiet Dance, dam of Horse of the Year and sire Saint Liam; Grade 1 winner Funtastic; Quiet Giant, dam of Horse of the Year Gun Runner; Grade 3 winner Congressionalhonor and stakes winner Dance Quietly.

A filly from the first crop of Tourist was the day’s highest-priced weanling, selling for $50,000 to Stafford Pond Farm. Consigned by Endeavor Farm, agent, the filly is out of the stakes-placed Skip Away mare Blondz Away and is a half-sister to stakes winner Colonel Samsen and stakes-placed Summer Share.

Lane’s End’s Farm ranked as the session’s leading consignor, selling 33 horses for $585,600.

The November Sale continues through Friday with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. ET. The entire auction is streamed live atKeeneland.com.

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The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society BC Division is pleased to announce we will be having a Horses of Racing Age Sale March 16, 2019 at Hastings Racecourse.

 The sale will be open to all horses that are of racing age. A gallop/work preview will be held on March 9, 2019.

Entry fee will be $375 plus gst and a flat $150 commission will be charged regardless of the sale price.

Yearlings that passed through the 2018 CTHS BC mixed sale will not be charged an entry fee to the Horses of Racing Age Sale.

The sale will be conducted by a licensed auctioneer with bid spotters.

Seating will be set up and refreshments will be available.

Horses born in 2017 can be made eligible for the CTHS BC sale stakes starting in 2019.

The CTHS BC looks forward to working with Darren MacDonald and his staff at Hastings to make this sale a success for everyone involved.

More information about the sale will be posted on the CTHS BC and Hastings websites as soon as possible.

 

Grant Watson

CTHS BC Division President

Debut Juvenile Winner Federal Case Brings $650,000 Tuesday at Keeneland November Sale

Federal Case, a 2-year-old son of Gemologist who won his career debut in October at Keeneland, sold for $650,000 to West Bloodstock, agent for Robert and Lawana Low, to be the most expensive horse of Tuesday’s ninth session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

Keeneland sold 244 horses on Tuesday for $6,337,000 for an average of $25,971 and a median of $12,000. There are no comparable figures from 2017.

Cumulatively through nine days of the sale, 2,049 horses have grossed $184,287,600 for an average of $89,940 and a median of $37,000.

Federal Case

WinStar Racing, agent, consigned Federal Case, who is out of the Elusive Quality mare Delilahjane and from the family of Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) winner Very Subtle and Grade 1 winner Pool Land. The colt, a graduate of Keeneland’s 2017 September Yearling Sale, made his first start Oct. 19 at Keeneland, winning an about 7-furlong race by a half-length for owners WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing and trainer Rodolphe Brisset.

“It was hard to part with him because he won so well first time out, but all the smart guys were on him,” WinStar President, CEO and Racing Manager Elliott Walden said. “We put him in this sale in August. We hate scratching horses, so we felt like we should bring him.

“(Winning at Keeneland is) what made him sell the way he did today,” Walden added. “People buy 2-year-olds (at training sales that breeze) an eighth of a mile and spend twice as much, and this horse won at seven eighths (of a mile). This is a real horse.”

Jacob West, who signed the ticket for Federal Case, said the colt would continue his racing career for trainer Todd Pletcher.

“You’ve gotta tip your cap to WinStar because they brought a horse here to sell that obviously has ability and talent,” West said. “When everybody got to see him, they all started dreaming of the first Saturday in May – that’s what he reminded us of. Mr. and Mrs. Low obviously have a history with Todd, winning the (2018) Arkansas Derby (G1) with Magnum Moon. We hope we just bought the Arkansas Derby winner.”

With the purchase of Federal Case, the colt’s new owners were the day’s leading buyers.

WinStar Racing, agent, led all consignors, selling 12 horses for $1,115,000.

At $230,000, the day’s second high seller is Lady Suebee, a 3-year-old, stakes-placed daughter of First Defence sold to Ingordo Bloodstock. Consigned by ELiTE as a racing or broodmare prospect, Lady Suebee is out of the stakes-winning Touch Gold mare Freeroll and from the family of Canadian Horse of the Year Izvestia.

WinStar also sold She Will Rock, a 2-year-old filly by Will Take Charge, for $200,000 to Rosilyn Polan. Out of the Storm Cat mare Whichwaydidshego, She Will Rock is a half-sister to stakes winners Mark My Way, Hard to Stay Notgo and Haul Anchor and from the family of Grade 1 winner Joking and Grade 2 winners and sires Fed Biz and Tale of the Cat.

Two weanling colts brought $90,000 apiece.

Machmer Hall purchased the first, a son of Speightster out of the Maria’s Mon mare Bear’s Lightning and from the family of Grade 1 winners Overanalyze and Meadow Breeze. He was consigned by Ledgelands, agent.

Fred M. Allor paid $90,000 for a son of Kitten’s Joy who is a half-brother to stakes winner Five Iron. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, he is out of the Thunder Gulch mare Tee Off and from the family of Grade 1 winners Only Queens and Tactile.

The November Sale continues through Friday with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. ET. The entire auction is streamed live at Keeneland.com.

$145,000 Dialed In Weanling Colt Leads Monday at Keeneland November Sale

Brookstone Farm paid the session-topping price of $145,000 for a weanling colt by Dialed In whose half-sister is Grade 2-placed Belle Laura during Monday’s eighth session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

On Monday, Keeneland sold 234 horses that grossed $5,197,600 for an average of $22,212 and a median of $14,500. There are no comparable figure from 2017.

Cumulatively, 1,805 horses have brought a total of $177,950,600 for an average of $98,588 and a median of $45,000.

Consigned by Frankfort Park Farm, agent, the Dialed In weanling colt is out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Belle Chaussee and from the family of French highweight and Group 1 winner Elusive City and stakes winner Crimson China. Half-sister Belle Laura was third in Keeneland’s JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2) in October before running in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) at Churchill Downs.

The horses of racing age portion of the session produced the day’s second highest-priced horse when BG Stables and David Meah Racing paid $110,000 for the 3-year-old War Front colt War Chest, the final horse in the ring. Consigned by Lane’s End, agent, War Chest is out of the Ghostzapper mare Wine Princess, a Grade 2 winner whose dam of Horse of the Year Azeri.

David Meah of Meah-Lloyd Bloodstock signed the ticket for War Chest. He said the maiden winner would resume racing at Santa Anita for trainer Anna Meah, his wife.

“We got him under budget, and we are happy,” Meah said. “He is the one horse of the day we wanted. If he wins (allowance races in California), he will make his money back in two races. If we get super lucky and get some black type, we have a chance to do things in the future (with him at stud). BG Stables stands stallions in California.”

In the horses of racing age section at last year’s November Sale, Meah, as agent, paid $190,000 for Next Shares, who won Keeneland’s $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) in October.

“He helped us a lot,” Meah said about Next Shares, who next ran in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) at Churchill. “He proved we can find extreme value in a tough market. I have a great team. They are the ones out there searching day in and day out. I just get to see the short list and make the final decision.”

Bringing $100,000 from Dundrum Farm was a weanling filly by Goldencents from the family of Group 1 winner Shadeed and Grade 2 winner Sharp Humor. Consigned by Crowning Point agent, she is out of the Devil His Due mare Past Due.

Dundrum Farm was the session’s leading buyer, spending $185,000 for two horses.

ERJ Racing paid $85,000 for the day’s top-priced broodmare, Holidays Saratoga, a 5-year-old daughter of Harlan’s Holiday in foal to Will Take Charge. Fairlawn consigned Holidays Saratoga, a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Heart Stealer who is out of the stakes-winning Distorted Humor mare Saratoga Humor.

Lane’s End, agent, was the session’s leading consignor, selling 14 horses for $665,000.

The November Sale continues Tuesday with the second of two sessions that make up Book 5, which features horses of racing age. The sale ends Friday with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. ET. The entire auction is streamed live at Keeneland.com.

$300,000 Broodmare Ducru is High Seller on Sunday at Keeneland November Sale

Ducru, a 4-year-old daughter of Broken Vow in foal to Violence, sold for $300,000 to Grandview LLP to be the most expensive purchase on Sunday during the seventh session of Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale.

Keeneland sold 256 horses on Sunday for a total of $7,733,100 for an average of $30,207 and a median of $18,000. There are no comparable figures from 2017.

Through seven days of the 12-day November Sale, gross sales have reached $172,753,000 for 1,571 horses for an average of $109,964 and a median of $52,000.

The session-topping Ducru is out of the stakes-placed Dixie Union mare Union City and a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Unified. She is from the family of champion Dehere.

With the purchase, Grandview was the day’s leading buyer.

Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, was the session’s leading consignor, selling 18 horses for $1,081,500. Hill ‘n’ Dale consigned the Ducru and the day’s second highest-priced horse, the 3-year-old stakes-winning Pioneerof the Nile filly Princessof the Nyl. Sold to Dixon Enterprises for $200,000, she is out of the Bernardini mare Arabisini and from the family of champion Althea.

Sunday’s top-priced weanling is a colt by Kantharos that sold for $180,000 to Magnolia Farm. Consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent, he is the first foal out of the winning Include mare Cebu, a half-brother to $2 million-earner and Grade 1- and Group 1-placed Neolithic. Their dam is the stakes-winning Victory Gallop mare Swingit.

The November Sale continues Monday with the first of two sessions that make up Book 5, which is highlighted by horses of racing age. The sale ends Friday, Nov. 16, with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. ET. The entire auction is streamed live at Keeneland.com.

$235,000 for Broodmare K J Warrior Top Price on Saturday at Keeneland November Sale

Brad and Misty Grady purchased the 4-year-old Tapit mare K J Warrior in foal to Kantharos for $235,000 to lead Saturday’s sixth session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

The Gradys, who also bought the Empire Maker mare Archangelus for $120,000 and the Mineshaft mare Daring Prospect for $42,000, were the session’s leading buyers with the three purchases for $397,000.

On Saturday, 223 horses sold for a total of $7,236,400 for an average of $32,450 and a median of $20,000. There are no comparable figures from 2017.

Cumulatively, Keeneland has sold 1,316 horses for $165,074,900 for an average of $125,437 and a median of $67,000.

K J Warrior is out of the stakes-winning Harlan’s Holiday mare J Z Warrior, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner A Z Warrior, Grade 2 winner Jojo Warrior and Grade 3 winner E Z Warrior. She was consigned by Summerfield, agent for Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings.

Saturday’s second high seller I’m Pretty Strong, a 3-year-old daughter of Street Cry (IRE) out of Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) winner Shared Account, by Pleasantly Perfect, sold to Boomer Bloodstock for Australian clients for $220,000. Consigned by Upson Downs Farm, agent, I’m Pretty Strong is from the family of Grade 2 winners Sapphire n’ Silk and Shaniko, Grade 3 winner Golden Itiz and stakes winner Colonial Flag.

En Fuego Stables bought the session’s top-priced weanling, paying $145,000 for a filly by Kitten’s Joy. Perrone Sales, agent, consigned the filly, who is out of the winning Honour and Glory mare Sunday Sport and from the family of Grade 1 winner Contredance.

Leading consignor Lane’s End, agent, sold 31 horses on Saturday for $986,000.

The November Sale continues through Friday, Nov. 16, with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. The entire sale is streamed live atKeeneland.com.

$300,000 Into Mischief Weanling Colt from Family of Mind Your Biscuits Headlines Friday at Keeneland November Sale

Clear Ridge Stables paid $300,000 for a weanling colt by Into Mischief from the family of multiple Grade 1 winner Mind Your Biscuits to record the highest price paid Friday during the fifth session of Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale.

Keeneland sold 261 horses for $15,315,500 for an average of $58,680 and a median of $40,000. There are no comparable figures from 2017.

Through five sessions of the auction, 1,093 horses have grossed $157,838,500 for an average of $144,409 and a median of $80,000.

Eaton Sales, agent, consigned Friday’s high seller, whose dam is the Friends Lake mare Daryanna, a half-sister to Canadian champion Kimchi and Jazzmane, dam of Mind Your Biscuits.

“He will be attractive for the (yearling) market next year,” Brian Graves of Clear Ridge said. “His sire is doing great. (The weanling prices) are very expensive for the ones you like. You think in Book 3 you might get a little better deal, but when a nice horse walks up there it’s expensive.”

The colt was bred by Samantha Will-Baccari’s Jumping Jack Racing, which bred Mind Your Biscuits.

“After (Mind Your Biscuits) won the (2016) Amsterdam (G2), I found this mare and bred her to Into Mischief,” Will-Baccari said. “He’s been a nice baby all the way along, and I’m super happy Brian got him because he does a great job. The baby has only gotten better, and Into Mischief is hot and (his offspring) are hard to buy. This colt reminds me so much of Mind Your Biscuits – same personality, super chill, really smart.”

Machmer Hall was the session’s leading buyer, spending $557,000 for three horses. It went to $280,000 to acquire the top-priced broodmare, Sweet Lollipop, a 5-year-old Candy Ride (ARG) mare in foal to Practical Joke and from the family of champion Housebuster. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, she is out of Unbridled Beauty, by Unbridled’s Song and a half-sister to stakes winner Meal Penalty.

“A lot of people were bidding on her,” Machmer Hall’s Carrie Brogden said. “She’s just that kind of physical. She has the sire power. We’ve had a really good year. We’ve sold a lot of our young graded stakes producers, so we have to get the young mares and hope we do it again.”

Machmer Hall’s other purchases were Buy Sell Hold, a 3-year-old graded stakes-placed daughter of Violence for $205,000, and the 4-year-old Kitten’s Joy mare Abundanceofcaution, in foal to Practical Joke, for $72,000.

Susan Moulton paid $275,000 for Microburst, a 6-year-old daughter of Awesome Again who is a half-sister to 2018 Champagne (G1) winner Complexity and Grade 3 winner Valadorna. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, she is out of the Yes It’s True mare Goldfield and from the family of multiple Grade 2 winner Real Cash.

“(Moulton) owns (Microburst’s half-sister) Naylor, so she’s partial to that family and we love the big update (of Complexity),” said Debbie Ward, who signed the ticket. “We think she is a really pretty Awesome Again mare, a lot of quality. The cover (to Maclean’s Music) was a big part of it too. We are breeding to sell and race. (Moulton) just bought her first farm in Kentucky in May. We currently have five mares, but we are looking to build and grow. We’ve mostly been looking for weanlings and didn’t expect to pay quite so much for (Microburst), but we’re happy we got her.”

Sallusto & Albina Agents spent $270,000 for Rio Carnival, a 12-year-old Storm Cat mare who is a half-sister to European highweight and sire Kingman and is in foal to Twirling Candy. Mill Ridge Sales, agent, consigned the mare, also the half-sister of Group 3 winner Remote. Her dam, Zenda (GB), is a Group 1 winner by Zamindar, and a half-sister to Group 1 winner Oasis Dream (GB).

“She’s a half to a top sire and by Storm Cat,” said Hanzley Albina, who said he bought Rio Carnival for Newtown Anner Stud. “The Tapit (weanling filly out of the mare) on the ground is really nice. I think it’s a unique opportunity to get into a really nice family.”

Consigned by Indian Creek, agent, and cataloged as a racing or broodmare prospect, the 3-year-old Midnight Lute filly Night Time Lady sold to Cedar Key Partners for $260,000. She is out of the stakes-winning Unbridled’s Song mare Inspired and from the family of Grade 1 winners Well Chosen and Leofric, winner of Keeneland’s Hagyard Fayette (G2) on Oct. 27.

JSM Equine/Joe Minor paid $235,000 for Singwiththebirds, a 6-year-old Elusive Quality mare in foal to Kitten’s Joy. She is a half-sister to Canadian Horse of the Year Up With the Birds and stakes winner Speightsong. Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, consigned the mare, who is out of the Seeking the Gold mare Song of the Lark and from the family of Canadian champion Wilderness Song, winner of Keeneland’s 1991 Spinster (G1).

During the session, Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, sold 36 horses for $3,325,000 to lead all consignors.

The November Sale continues through Friday, Nov. 16, with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. The entire sale is streamed live at Keeneland.com.

$320,000 Broodmare Prospect Saucy Dame Leads Thursday at Keeneland November Sale

Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings paid $320,000 for Saucy Dame, a 3-year-old Distorted Humor filly cataloged as a broodmare prospect, during Thursday’s fourth session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, which recorded brisk trade throughout the day.

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Keeneland sold 259 horses for a total $17,381,000, an average of $67,108 and a median of $52,000. There are no comparable figures from 2017.

Cumulatively, 832 horses have sold for $142,523,000 for an average of $171,302 and a median of $105,000.

Consigned by VanMeter-Gentry Sales, agent, the session-topping Saucy Dame is out of stakes winner Storm Beauty, by Storm Cat, and from the family of champion Gold Beauty, Grade 2 winner The Prime Minister, Grade 3 winner Buffum and stakes winner Stormy West.

“She was a beautiful Distorted Humor and comes from a great dam,” Banke said. “She looks perfect for breeding to some of our stallions. There’s a number of candidates.”

“We are pleased with the price,” consignor Tom VanMeter said. “We put her (in Book 3) for a reason: We wanted her to stand out and she did. She has a big pedigree. She is a breeders’ mare. We sold her for Louise Lally’s Summerplace Farm. They bought her as a yearling (for $200,000 at Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale). They like to race.”

“The market is great,” VanMeter added. “I have been trying to buy mares like her, and I keep getting shut out. Weanlings are tough to buy if they are good. We bought a few and we are rockin’ on – we still have a week to go.”

At $285,000, the session’s top-priced weanling is a colt by Speightstown from the family of Grade 1 winners Dream Rush and Dreaming of Julia, Grade 3 winner Song of Spring and stakes winner Atreides purchased by Evergreen Stable. Consigned by St. George Sales, agent, he is out of the Malibu Moon mare Magical Dream.

Lyrics, a 4-year-old daughter of Speightstown in foal to Lea sold to Tenlane Farm for $270,000. Claiborne Farm, agent, consigned the mare, whose dam is Canadian champion Embur’s Song, by Unbridled’s Song. Lyrics is from the family of Preakness (G1) winner Exaggerator.

“She’s a nice young mare, big family and very active family, so we liked her very much,” Tom Evans, who signed the ticket, said. “She’ll come back to the farm in Versailles (Kentucky) and hopefully have many years there. We have no plans on who to breed her back to yet.”

T.W. Bachman paid $230,000 for Harbor Mist, a 9-year-old stakes-winning Rockport Harbor mare in foal to Frosted. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, she is out of the Risen Star mare Jaramar Miss and is a half-sister to stakes winner Jaramar Rain.

“The market is strong,” Bachman said. “A young, good-looking mare that is bred right is very, very tough to buy. I was the underbidder about four times yesterday.”

Charles H. Boden, agent for Keene Ridge Racing, went to $225,000 to acquire Financial Recovery, a 4-year-old stakes-winning daughter of Street Cry (IRE) in foal to Hard Spun consigned by Stonereath Stud, agent. Out of the Saint Ballado mare Flawless Diamond, she is from the family of Grade 3 winner C. Zee and stakes winner Blue Heart.

“Her pedigree stood out more than anything, especially being by Street Cry,” Boden said. “I’m a big fan of Hard Spun, and David Anderson (of Anderson Farms) is a really great breeder. She’s likely to be a mare that we’ll foal out and sell (the foal) back next year. There’s a chance we’ll keep the mare, but we kinda bought her to bring her back here (to sell) next year.”

Two mares consigned by Lane’s End, agent, brought $220,000.

Larkin Armstrong, agent, paid that amount for Blind Pool, a 4-year-old daughter of Awesome Again whose dam, Taboo, by Forestry, is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Creative Cause and Grade 2 winner Destin. Blind Pool is in foal to Practical Joke.

“She has good conformation, and we like her active family,” Armstrong said. “She is a young mare with a lot of potential.”

Patrick Lawley-Wakelin, agent, paid $220,000 for the 6-year-old Tapit mare Callista in foal to Shackleford. Out of Sweet Talker, winner of Keeneland’s 2005 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1), Callista is a full sister to stakes winner Sweet Tapper and from the family of Grade 3 winner Silver Medallion and stakes winner Pretty Perfection.

Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, was Thursday’s leading consignor, selling 31 horses for $2,555,500.

Phoenix Thoroughbreds III purchased three horses for $485,000 to lead all buyers.

The November Sale continues through Friday, Nov. 16, with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. The entire sale is streamed live at Keeneland.com.