Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale Delivers Stable Marketplace

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Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale ended today following 10 days of competitive trade for quality broodmares, broodmare and stallion prospects, weanlings and horses of racing age, including nine horses sold for $1 million or more, while recording strong participation from many prominent domestic and foreign horsemen who make up the sale company’s deep buying bench.

“Keeneland ends this fall with a sense of gratitude for the hard work of everyone who participated in the success of the September Yearling and November Breeding Stock Sales, the fall race meet and Breeders’ Cup,” said Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason, who will retire Dec. 31 after a decade of service to Keeneland. “Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global horse industry, the fact that we were able to conduct our fall events on the dates originally scheduled is a major accomplishment that should be celebrated by all involved.”

The November Sale is a globally important source of quality bloodstock, and this year’s sale reflected welcomed stability in the marketplace.

“We owe the strength of the September and November Sales to the tremendous efforts of our consignors, buyers and their staffs, who, despite the challenges associated with the pandemic, brought quality horses to market and fully participated at every level,” Keeneland President-Elect and Interim Head of Sales Shannon Arvin said. “We have all moved mountains this fall, and during these tough times, we are pleased that so many buyers from around the world made arrangements to be here or be represented and that they took advantage of the various bidding platforms Keeneland made available to them.”

For the auction, held Nov. 9-18, Keeneland recorded gross sales of $151,019,300 for 2,198 horses, for an average of $68,708 and a median of $23,000.

The 2019 November Sale, which spanned 12 sessions, had 2,570 horses sell in the ring for $193,316,100, for an average of $75,220 and a median of $25,000.

Keeneland conducted the 2020 November Sale with extensive COVID-19 protocols similar to those in place for the September Sale for the health and safety of participants. In addition to providing online bidding, Keeneland expanded its phone bidding service to accommodate remote buyers while it offered bidding from the outdoor Show Barn just behind the Sales Pavilion to permit greater social distancing.

Online bidding, which Keeneland introduced at the September Sale, continued to gain popularity as 279 horses sold over the internet for $16,274,300. Of particular note is the fact that more horses sold each day via the internet during the second week of the auction than during the first week. Leading the online purchases was Grade 1 winner Ollie’s Candy, who raced two days before the start of the sale in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) at Keeneland and sold as a racing or broodmare prospect to K I Farm of Japan for $1.65 million.

“One of the silver linings of this unprecedented time has been the innovations we’ve successfully implemented with regard to internet bidding and enhanced phone bidding,” Arvin said. “People have found creative ways to participate in the sale and see the horses when they can’t be right here in the way in which we are accustomed.”

Despite the logistical and operational challenges presented by the pandemic, including travel restrictions that affected a number of regular international attendees, the November Sale produced solid results.

“The enthusiasm for quality horses and the participation of major domestic and foreign buyers, many of whom remained active well into the second week of the sale, is a testament to the resiliency of this industry,” Keeneland Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell said. “There was a healthy mix of U.S. and international interests representing Europe, Japan, Korea, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, among others, as well as several new buyers emerging on the scene. Hats off to consignors, who were very good about marketing their horses, either directly or via Keeneland’s website, to remote buyers. We know this hasn’t been an easy environment to navigate, and we appreciate the efforts all have made to participate either in person or through use of the available technology.”

The premier Book 1 on Nov. 9 produced nine horses who brought $1 million and more, led by two offerings purchased by the auction’s leading buyer, Larry Best’s OXO Equine: Concrete Rose and Indian Miss.

Grade 1 winner Concrete Rose, a 4-year-old daughter of Twirling Candy, was consigned as a racing or broodmare prospect by Lane’s End, agent for Ashbrook Farm and BBN Racing. Indian Miss, an 11-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie who is the dam of champion Mitole, was consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, in foal to Into Mischief. Three days before the sale began, her 2-year-old colt, Hot Rod Charlie, was second in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) Presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance at Keeneland.

Best bought 17 horses for $7,965,000. Eight of his purchases were weanlings, topped by a colt by Mastery for $450,000. He continued to purchase weanlings through the sale’s fifth session.

The November Sale’s second-leading buyer was Matt Dorman’s Determined Stud, a new operation in Maryland that acquired 14 horses for $4.53 million with Phil Schoenthal, agent. Other prominent domestic buyers included Louisiana’s Coteau Groves Farm/Cary Bloodstock, agent, who spent $3,272,000 for 13 horses as well as such successful Central Kentucky operations as Spendthrift Farm, Hunter Valley Farm, agent, and Claiborne Farm, agent.

The sale’s third-leading buyer was Yeguada Centurion of Spain’s Leopoldo Fernandez Pujals, who purchased 22 horses for $3,857,000 to mark his second year of sizable acquisitions at the November Sale. Shadai Farm, K I Farm, JS Company, Paca Paca Farm and Katsumi Yoshida of Japan ranked among the sale’s leading buyers, as did other global entities such as Narvick International, David Redvers Bloodstock, Arthur Hoyeau, agent, and Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier.

The worldwide appeal of the November Sale was evident when Narvick International paid $1.85 million for Cherokee Maiden, a 3-year-old daughter of Distorted Humor from the family of 2020 Japanese Triple Crown winner Contrail and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Essential Quality. Bedouin Bloodstock, agent, consigned her as a racing or broodmare prospect.

Joining Ollie’s Candy, a 5-year-old daughter of Candy Ride (ARG), as another November Sale offering who raced in this year’s Breeders’ Cup was Lady Prancealot (IRE), who was fourth in the Maker’s Mark Filly and Mare Turf (G1) and sold to Shadai Farm for $1.6 million. Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, consigned both Ollie’s Candy and Lady Prancealot as racing or broodmare prospects.

Other seven-figure horses were Canadian champion Holy Helena, in foal to Quality Road ($1.5 million to Spendthrift Farm), Houtzen (AUS), in foal to Curlin ($1.5 million to Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings) and the racing or broodmare prospect Gingham ($1 million to Claiborne Farm, agent).

“The market in both September and November was a lot deeper than we, and many others, thought it would be,” Keeneland Director of Sales Development Mark Maronde said. “But horsemen are optimistic. They see the end of this pandemic coming and they wanted to continue to participate. They still bought bloodstock because of blue sky ahead.”

Keeneland demonstrated flexibility in accepting supplemental entries to the November Sale catalog until the start of the auction. Supplements produced many of the auction’s highest-priced broodmares, weanlings and horses of racing age.

Topping the Book 1 supplements were Unicorn Girl, dam of Grade 1-winning juvenile Jackie’s Warrior, sold to Arthur Hoyeau, agent, for $850,000; Veronique, dam of undefeated Keeneland stakes winner and recent track record setter Nashville, purchased for $800,000 by James Delahooke, agent; and a weanling half-brother to Jackie’s Warrior by American Pharoah purchased by M.V. Magnier for $600,000.

Energizing later sessions was the vibrant market for horses of racing age, a number of which were supplemented to the sale.

At $525,000, the high seller during the ninth day was graded stakes performer Hidden Scroll, a winning 4-year-old Hard Spun colt, who sold to Fergus Galvin, agent for Marc Detampel. WinStar Racing, agent for Juddmonte Farms, consigned the colt. Edgemont Road, a stakes-placed son of Speightstown supplemented to the sale, sold to Eddie Kenneally, agent for William K. Werner, for $275,000.

The day before, two horses of racing age who were supplemental entries – Grade 2-placed Bob and Jackie and Churchill Downs winner Alex Joon – sold for $190,000 and $120,000, respectively.

“We’ve been working on the racehorse segment of our catalog for the last couple of years,” Russell said. “WinStar was the first to come to us and try to design a portion of the sale around racehorses, and it has grown exponentially since. Going forward, we’ll be looking to improve on it.”

Colts by the two most recent winners of the Triple Crown – Justify and American Pharoah – sold for $600,000 apiece to tie as the most expensive weanlings. Donati Lanni, agent, purchased the son of Justify, who was consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent. Magnier acquired the aforementioned son of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, who is a half-brother to Jackie’s Warrior.

Represented by his first crop, Justify was the leading sire of weanlings by average with five colts averaging $427,000. They also included the top-priced weanlings of the second ($475,000) and third sessions ($435,000).

Weanlings from the first crops of other Grade 1 winners Bolt d’Oro, City of Light and Mendelssohn also were well received with total sales for each sire exceeding $1 million.

“Fewer foals were cataloged this year, and the bidding for them was more competitive,” Russell said. “The strength of the foal market surprised many consignors who didn’t enter their foals in the November Sale. Several major end users are now participating in the foal market, and that has pushed the pinhookers back a little. They probably haven’t fulfilled all their orders, so we hope to see them at the January Horses of All Ages Sale.”

The number of horses sold in post-sale transactions – 88 horses for $6,796,000 as of sale end Wednesday – is a reflection of the strong trade. One was Book 1 offering Con Te Partiro, the globetrotting Group 1 winner sold privately for $1.6 million to David Redvers Bloodstock. Consigned by Bedouin Bloodstock, agent, the 6-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy initially was reported as an RNA.

The leading covering sire by average was Quality Road, whose three in-foal mares averaged $911,667.

Taylor Made Sales Agency was the November Sale’s leading consignor for the fourth consecutive year and the 24th time since 1987. Taylor Made sold 208 horses for $18,957,600, including the aforementioned Ollie’s Candy and Lady Prancealot as well as Expo Gold, dam of the 2020 Preakness (G1)-winning filly, Swiss Skydiver, for $950,000. In foal to Catholic Boy, Expo Gold sold to Hunter Valley Farm, agent.

During Wednesday’s final session, 214 horses sold for $1,309,600, for an average of $6,120 and a median of $4,000. The high seller at $40,000 was Mutakaamil, a 4-year-old son of Tapit who sold to Jeff Engler, agent for Lea Farms. Bluewater Sales, agent, consigned the colt.

Horses of Racing Age, Led by $525,000 Graded Stakes Performer Hidden Scroll, Highlight Tuesday at Keeneland November Sale

Horses of racing age headlined Tuesday’s penultimate session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, which was led by the $525,000 purchase of Hidden Scroll, a 4-year-old graded stakes performer by Hard Spun, by Fergus Galvin, agent for Marc Detampel.Consigned by WinStar Racing, agent for Juddmonte Farms, Hidden Scroll has competed in graded stakes company at Belmont, Oaklawn and Gulfstream. He is out of the Empire Maker mare Sheba Queen and from the family of Group 1 winner Etoile Montante, Grade 2 winner Starformer and 2020 stakes winner Flavius.

WinStar Racing was the session’s leading consignor with sales of $1,644,000 for 27 horses. For Juddmonte, WinStar also sold Delaware (GB), a 4-year-old son of Frankel who was third in Saturday’s Artie Schiller at Aqueduct. Steven W. Young, agent, bought Delaware, who is a half-brother to French stakes winner Environs (GB) and from the family of Group/Grade 1 winner Proviso (GB).

As agent for Detampel, Galvin was the session’s leading buyer, spending $555,000 for two horses. Another purchase was the winning 5-year-old First Defence gelding Vanbrugh, also consigned by WinStar for Juddmonte, for $30,000.

On Tuesday, Keeneland sold 216 horses for $5,697,700, for an average of $26,378 and a median of $10,000.

Cumulative sales through nine sessions are $149,709,700 for 1,984 horses, for an average of $75,459 and a median of $28,500.

ELiTE, agent, consigned five of Tuesday’s 10 highest-priced horses. Leading the group was Maryland-bred stakes winner Miss J McKay, a 3-year-old daughter of Hangover Kid, who sold to Jackson Farms for $300,000. A stakes winner of $210,053, the filly is out of Ballykiss, by Street Boss, and from the family of Grade 2 winners Crowned and Best of Luck and Grade 3 winners Betty Lobelia and Lady Horseowner.

Eddie Kenneally, agent for William K. Werner, paid $275,000 for the supplemental entry Edgemont Road, a 4-year-old Speightstown gelding who was third in Keeneland’s Lafayette on the Nov. 7 Breeders’ Cup undercard. Team V LLC consigned Edgemont Road, who is out of Swaythisaway, by Scat Daddy. His family includes champion Rhythm, Grade 1 winner Frost Giant and sire Not For Love.

Shepherd Equine Advisers, agent for Larry Hirsch, spent $180,000 for Catch a Bid, a 4-year-old stakes-winning daughter of Real Solution consigned by ELiTE, agent. She is out of the winning Elusive Quality mare Elusive Champagne and from the family of Grade 1 winner Nereid and Grade 3 winner Belong to Sea.

T&C Horse Farms purchased Moral Reasoning, a 3-year-old stakes-placed daughter of More Than Ready, for $175,000. Consigned by ELiTE, agent. she is out of Alhucema, by Aldebaran, and from the family of Group 1 winner and sire Karakontie (JPN), European highweight East of the Moon and Group 1 winner and sire Kingmambo.

David Ingordo, agent, paid $150,000 for the supplement Growth Engine, a 4-year-old Tapit gelding consigned by ELiTE, agent. An allowance winner at Monmouth in his most recent start, on Sept. 19, Growth Engine is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Pyro and a full brother to Grade 3 winner War Echo. He is out of the Wild Again mare Wild Vision.

ELiTE, agent, also consigned Abuse of Power, sold to Preferred Equine, agent for Lindy Farms, for $120,000. A 3-year-old filly by Karakontie out of Oblivious, by Cozzene, Abuse of Power is a half-sister to stakes winner Street Storm.

The session’s top-priced weanling was a colt from the first crop of Mo Town sold to P & B Stable for 65,000. Consigned by Mulholland Springs, agent, he is out of Supplement, by Sky Mesa and from the family of Grade 3 winners Thatlookonyourface, Dark Nile and Lou Brissie.

$135,000 Broodmare Prospect Able to Smile is Sunday’s High Seller at Keeneland November Sale

I’ll Need A Little Luck acquired the highest-priced horse of Sunday’s seventh session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale when it paid $135,000 for the broodmare prospect Able to Smile, a 4-year-old winning daughter of Into Mischief.

Consigned by Indian Creek, agent, Able to Smile is out of multiple group winner and Grade 1-placed Teamgeist (ARG). She is a half-sister to multiple Grade 3 winner House Rules.

On Sunday, 265 horses sold for $5,235,300, for an average of $19,756 and a median of $12,000.

Cumulative sales through seven days are $140,214,700 for 1,512 horses, for an average of $92,735 and a median of $42,000.

John G. Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale at Xalapa went to $125,000 for the broodmare Stormy’s Song, in foal to Army Mule. The 6-year-old daughter of Unbridled’s Song out of the Stormy Atlantic mare Stormy Tak is from the family of Grade 1 winners Lady Tak and Volatile.

Following Stormy’s Song in the ring was her first foal, a weanling colt by Army Mule, who sold to Castleton Stables for $80,000 to lead all weanlings during the session.

Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, consigned both Stormy’s Song and her weanling colt.

Godolphin was the session’s leading consignor by selling 22 horses for $657,500. They included Zarmant for $90,000, Cafe Belle for $85,000 and Angel Craft for $80,000.

Glass Half Full Bloodstock bought Zarmant, a 3-year-old daughter of Tapizar in foal to Cairo Prince. Out of multiple Grade 1 Tout Charmant, she is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Dancing House and from the family of Grade 2 winner New and Improved.

Cafe Belle, a 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro in foal to Midshipman, sold to Sebastian Murat and Reynard Bloodstock. Out of Grade 3 winner Snowbell, by Tapit, she is from the family of Grade 2 winners Burmilla, Nannerl and Magicalmysterycat.

Halmar International purchased Angel Craft, a 17-year-old daughter of A.P. Indy in foal to Nyquist. Dam of Group 2-placed Artigiano, she is out of stakes winner Monaassabaat, by Zilzal, and is from the family of Group 2 winner Bitooh.

Halmar International spent a total of $223,500 for nine horses to lead buyers.

$185,000 Weanling Colt by Mo Town Highlights Saturday at Keeneland November Sale

Keeneland November Sale

A weanling colt from the first crop of Mo Town sold for $185,000 to Davant Latham, agent, to record the highest price of Saturday’s sixth session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

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

The colt, who was consigned by Alliance Sales Agency, agent, is from the family of champion Safely Kept and Grade 2 winner Venetian Harbor. His dam is Mybrokenhome, by Broken Vow.

On Saturday, Keeneland sold 265 horses for $6,278,400, for an average of $23,692 and a median of $15,000.

Gross sales are $134,979,400 to date for 1,247 horses, for an average of $108,243 and a median of $55,000.

Wesley Ward paid $170,000 for a weanling filly by Practical Joke from the family of Grade 2 winner Flag Down, Grade/Group 3 winners Adventist and Dijeerr and stakes winners Isn’t He Clever and Sharp Writer. Four Star Sales, agent, consigned the filly, whose dam is the Elusive Quality mare Yankee Bright.

Dane, a 3-year-old mare by Dansili in foal to Demarchelier (GB), sold for $150,000 to H.F. Farm. She is out of the Group 2-winning Sadler’s Wells mare Peinture Rare (IRE) and from the family of French Horse of the Year Peintre Celebre. Dane was consigned by Claiborne Farm, agent.

Randal Family Trust spent $130,000 to acquire Thats Our Princess, a 10-year-old mare by Curlin who is in foal to Nyquist. Consigned by Woods Edge Farm, agent, Thats Our Princess is out of stakes winner Princess Ruckus, by Bold Ruckus, and is the dam of stakes-placed Appella. She is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner City Boy and stakes winner Vibank and is from the family of Canadian champion Langfuhr.

Four Star Sales, agent, also consigned Weabie, a 4-year-old winning daughter of Distorted Humor carrying her first foal by Blame and sold to Ashview Farm for $120,000. Out of Centrique, by Malibu Moon, Weabie is from the family of multiple graded stakes winner Sun and Snow and stakes winners Penny Marie, Snow Peak, Quatre Saisons and Earth Sound.

Selling for $110,000 to TK Stables was the winning 3-year-old Fed Biz filly Blood Curdling, a racing or broodmare prospect consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. Out of Shriek, by Street Cry (IRE), she is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Paid Up Subscriber and from the family of Grade 2 winner Stanley Park and Grade 3 winner Top Kisser.

With sales of $1,185,500 for 45 horses, Lane’s End, agent, was the session’s leading consignor.

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The November Sale resumes Sunday and runs through Wednesday, Nov. 18 with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. ET.

The entire sale is streamed live on Keeneland.com.

Quality Broodmares and Weanlings Fuel Vibrant Trade Wednesday at Keeneland November Sale

Momentum continued into Wednesday’s third session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, generating the top prices of $500,000 paid by Coteau Grove Farms/Cary Bloodstock, agent, for the broodmare Contributing, in foal to Speightstown, and $435,000 from Baccari Bloodstock for a weanling colt from the first crop of undefeated 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify.

During a day of brisk trade, Keeneland sold 196 horses for $25,063,000, for an average of $127,872 and a median of $107,500.

Cumulative results for the November Sale’s first three sessions reached $102,528,000 for 521 horses, for an average of $196,791 and a median of $125,000.

“Overall, the energy today was really good,” Keeneland President-Elect and Interim Head of Sales Shannon Arvin said. “We saw a lot of competition for foals. Some new buyers and many of the same buyers from the first two days continue to participate. We would love to see stability of the market throughout the sale, similar to what we experienced during the September Yearling Sale.

Keeneland Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell agreed.

“It will be a different level of the market moving forward,” he said, “but if we can capture the vibrancy of today and extend it into tomorrow and the next day that would be great.”

Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, consigned Contributing, a 6-year-old stakes-winning daughter of Medaglia d’Oro from the family of Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Believe You Can.

“I bought one Medaglia d’Oro mare in foal to Speightstown earlier, so I figured why not hit a double?,” buyer Andrew Cary said. “It’s an awesome pedigree and Speightstown is showing again how awesome he is, with a horse like (undefeated track record-setting stakes winner) Nashville. (Contributing’s) sister produced an Oaks winner. She’s gorgeous and she could run. To me she’s the whole package.”

Contributing

Weanlings commanded six of the day’s seven highest prices.

The $435,000 weanling, consigned by Elm Tree Farm, agent, is a half-brother to multiple Grade 2 winner Pretty N Cool and is from the family of Grade 1 winner Sean Avery. His dam is Stayclassysandiego, a stakes-placed daughter of Rockport Harbor.

“I’ve been looking for a really good Justify, and he has a lot of female pedigree, plenty of size and plenty of strength,” buyer Chris Baccari said. “Anybody that looks at him when he goes to be resold will see he looks like he has plenty of bone and looks like he can take a lot of training.

“(The weanlings by Justify) are very good. The public is going to support him now and his yearlings. He was a very good racehorse and I’m a big fan. (This colt) reminds me of his sire. He has a lot of raw strength like he did. The mare is a good producer, and that is what I’m looking for. That is what determines the value to me. He had a good physical, but he has the pedigree to go with it.”

Jody Huckabay, who owns Elm Tree with his wife, Michelle, was pleased.

“This is (breeder) Nancy Shuford’s horse, and I think we are pushing 25 years doing business together,” he said. “He was a nice colt and we had the right people on him, but we certainly did not expect that. In this market with everything going on, we are blessed to have the opportunity to sell a horse like that.”

Colts by Justify have been the most expensive weanlings of each of the first three sessions of the November Sale, starting Monday with a $600,000 purchase (a price equaled by a colt by 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah) and a $475,000 buy on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Justify also sired a colt sold for $375,000 to Michael Fowler. Consigned by Stuart Morris, agent, he is out of Emily B, by Smart Strike, and from the family of Grade 1 winners Awesome Maria, Pretty Discreet, Discreet Cat and Discreetly Mine.

Larry Best’s OXO Equine was the day’s leading buyer, spending $1.63 million for six broodmares and weanlings. He paid $400,000 for a weanling colt by Into Mischief, whose son Authentic won Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Keeneland, and $360,000 for a weanling colt from the first crop of champion Good Magic, winner of Keeneland’s Toyota Blue Grass (G2).

“I tend to go earlier now for (weanlings) as opposed to waiting for them to be yearlings,” he said after buying the Good Magic colt. “You take more risk, but you are not spending the same amount of money. You might get two or three shots on goal for what you’d be paying at the yearling sales.”

Paramount Sales, agent, consigned the son of Into Mischief, who is a half-brother to multiple Grade 3 winner Awesome Slew and stakes winner He’s Bankable. The colt is out of the stakes-winning Seeking the Gold mare Slewfoundmoney.

“That was a gorgeous Into Mischief,” said Best, who has been successful racing offspring of the stallion. “Beautiful horse – beautiful walk. You could’ve told me he was by any other sire and I would’ve bought him. He just looked so, so good.”

Paramount Sales led all consignors during the session, selling 24 horses for $3,285,000.

Another weanling sold for $400,000 when Stonestreet Stables purchased a filly by Mastery who is a half-sister to undefeated Nashville, winner of Saturday’s 6-furlong Perryville at Keeneland in track-record time. Warrendale Sales, agent, consigned the filly, who is out of Veronique, by Mizzen Mast, and from the family of Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Giacomo, Grade 1 winner Tiago and Grade 3 winner Stanwyck.

Stonestreet also paid $375,000 for a filly from the first crop of multiple Grade 1 winner City of Light consigned by Eaton Sales, agent. Out of the stakes-winning Flatter mare Cabana, she is from the family of Grade 2 winner Funny Proposition and stakes winners Mr. Importance, Home of Stars, Humorous Miss, Artistic Star and Jazz Quest.

The $360,000 colt by Good Magic sold to Larry Best is a half-brother to Grade 2 winner Lovely Bernadette and from the family of Breeders’ Cup winners and millionaires Shared Account and Sharing. Consigned by Bedouin Bloodstock, agent, he is out of the winning Bernstein mare Inlovewithlove.

“I am trying to diversify with different sires,” Best said. “I bought a Mastery, an American Pharoah filly, etc. This one is by Good Magic and was good looking. Physically, this was about as good as you are going to get for a weanling. I expected to get him for $250,000 or $300,000. I had to go a little higher, but the right people were on it.”

Bedouin Bloodstock, agent, also consigned two mares sold for $350,000 apiece.

The first was Gold Souk, a 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro who is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Miss Temple City and is in foal to Speightstown. Coteau Groves Farms/Cary Bloodstock, agent, paid $350,000 for the mare, who also is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Pricedtoperfection.

“I’m thrilled to get her,” Andrew Cary said. “SF Bloodstock has the mother and family, so she is from a top-class operation. I know the family very well and always wanted to get into that family and am absolutely thrilled to get her.”

The second $350,000 seller was Stephanie’s Sister, a 4-year-old full sister to two-time Breeders’ Cup winner and $4 million earner Stephanie’s Kitten who is in foal to Constitution. Through internet bidding, Koichiro Yamaguchi acquired Stephanie’s Sister.

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The November Sale continues Thursday with the start of the two-day Book 3. The auction continues through Wednesday, Nov. 18 with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m.

The entire sale is streamed live on Keeneland.com.

Mare In Foal To War Front Brings $975,000

Pollara (IRE)

Pollara (IRE), a Group 3 winner in France who is carrying her first foal by War Front, sold to Arthur Hoyeau, agent, for $975,000 during Tuesday’s second session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

Claiborne Farm, agent, consigned Pollara, a 5-year-old daughter of Camelot out of the Storm Cat mare Brooklyn’s Storm.

2020 Keeneland November Sale Session 1 In Review

LEXINGTON, KY (November 9, 2020) – Larry Best’s OXO Equine paid $1.95 million for Grade 1 winner and millionaire Concrete Rose and $1.9 million for Indian Miss, the dam of champion Mitole who is in foal to Into Mischief, to acquire the two most expensive horses sold during a day of strong trade at Monday’s Book 1 opening session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

With a total of six purchases for $5,015,000, Best led all buyers for the session. Keeneland sold 128 horses on Monday for $49,775,000, for an average of $388,867 and a median of $280,000. Eight horses brought $1 million or more.

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TOTAL SALE STATISTICS

Head Sold Total Average Median
128 $49,775,000 $388,867 $280,000

TOP BUYERS

Name Horses Average Gross
Oxo Equine, LLC 6 $835,833 $5,015,000
Spendthrift Farm, LLC 3 $975,000 $2,925,000
Shadai Farm 3 $846,667 $2,540,000
Phil Schoenthal, Agent for Determined Stud 7 $322,857 $2,260,000
Narvick International 2 $1,075,000 $2,150,000

TOP CONSIGNORS

Name Horses Average Gross
Taylor Made Sales Agency 29 $331,379 $9,610,000
Bedouin Bloodstock 6 $675,833 $4,055,000
ELiTE 8 $501,250 $4,010,000
Lane’s End Farm 5 $752,000 $3,760,000
Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency 8 $448,375 $3,587,000

TOP HIPS

Hip Horse Name Sire Dam Consignor Buyer Price
0216 filly Concrete Rose Twirling Candy Solerina Lane’s End, Agent for Ashbrook Farm and BBN Racing, LLC Oxo Equine, LLC $1,950,000
0032 mare Indian Miss Indian Charlie Glacken’s Gal Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, Agent Oxo Equine LLC $1,900,000
0212 filly Cherokee Maiden Distorted Humor Folklore Bedouin Bloodstock, Agent Narvick International $1,850,000
0083 mare Ollie’s Candy Candy Ride (ARG) Afternoon Stroll Taylor Made Sales Agency, Agent CLXIV K I Farm $1,650,000
0048 filly Lady Prancealot (IRE) Sir Prancealot (IRE) Naqrah (IRE) Taylor Made Sales Agency, CLXV Shadai Farm $1,600,000

 

Grade 1-Winning Millionaire Concrete Rose Sells for $1.95 Million to Lead Solid Opening Day of Keeneland November Sale

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Larry Best’s OXO Equine paid $1.95 million for Grade 1 winner and millionaire Concrete Rose and $1.9 million for Indian Miss, the dam of champion Mitole who is in foal to Into Mischief, to acquire the two most expensive horses sold during a day of strong trade at Monday’s Book 1 opening session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

With a total of six purchases for $5,015,000, Best led all buyers for the session.

Keeneland sold 128 horses on Monday for $49,775,000, for an average of $388,867 and a median of $280,000. Eight horses brought $1 million or more.

“Overall, we are really happy with how the day went,” Keeneland President-Elect and Interim Head of Sales Shannon Arvin said, noting that the energy created by this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland carried over to the November Sale. “It was a solid day of trade. We were pleased with the broad domestic and international participation. Japanese buyers bought three of the day’s top-priced horses.”

Online bidding continued to gain popularity with buyers. During today’s session, 62 bids were placed via the internet, resulting in nine purchases, one of them for seven figures, and gross sales of more than $6 million.

“It was very good to see the different platforms we put out there – internet bidding, phone bidding and the three different bidding areas on the sales grounds – were well utilized today,” Keeneland Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell said. “One of the benefits of internet bidding is that the principal is back in control; they may go a little further than the agent would have been authorized to go. It’s a different way of doing commerce in 2020, but we’re all learning how to play with technology and get the best benefit out of it.”

Concrete Rose, a 4-year-old daughter of Twirling Candy out of Solerina, by Powerscourt (GB), was consigned as a racing or broodmare prospect by Lane’s End, agent for Ashbrook Farm and BBN Racing. Trained by Rusty Arnold, Concrete Rose won six of seven starts, including the Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1), JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2), Edgewood (G3) Presented by Forcht Bank and Florida Oaks (G3), and earned $1.2 million.

“I didn’t want to go quite that high, but honestly I didn’t think I’d touch her below $2 million,” Best said about the purchase. “She’s a beautiful horse and you can’t take away that record from her. I’m just thrilled to have her. I have admired Concrete Rose for a long time. I have a multiple Grade 1 winner, Cambier Parc, and Concrete Rose beat her and I said, ‘Wow, what a horse.’ ”

Indian Miss, an 11-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie, was consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent. Best said he planned to breed Indian Miss to Instagrand, a son of Into Mischief he raced to a Grade 2 win and a Grade 1 placing. Instagrand enters stud in 2021.

“That’s my strategy: Try to get Instagrand going, and hopefully we’ll get a nice Into Mischief foal, too,” Best said.

Narvick International paid $1.85 million for Cherokee Maiden, a 3-year-old daughter of Distorted Humor from the family of 2020 Japanese Triple Crown winner Contrail and Saturday’s TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) Presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance winner Essential Quality. Consigned by Bedouin Bloodstock, agent, as a racing or broodmare prospect, Cherokee Maiden is out of champion Folklore, by Tiznow.

In the day’s highest price for an internet sale, K I Farm purchased Grade 1 winner Ollie’s Candy, who ran in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1), for $1.65 million. Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, consigned the 5-year-old daughter of Candy Ride (ARG), who was cataloged as a racing or broodmare prospect.

“I thought she would bring that with the way the market has been going on high-end mares,” said Mark Taylor, Taylor’s Made’s Vice President of Marketing and Public Sales Operations. “She was only about 3 lengths off winning three additional three Grade 1 (races). If she had won a couple more that she had rough trips in, she could have brought twice that.”

Ollie’s Candy was cataloged to last year’s November Sale but was withdrawn from the sale and resumed her racing career in 2020. She ran in six graded stakes this year and placed in seven of them, including Keeneland’s Juddmonte Spinster (G1).

“(Breeders and owners Paul Eggert and Karen Eggert) got to have a whole other year of racing her, and you can’t put a price on that,” Taylor said. “For them, it was definitely the best decision.”

With sales of $9.61 million for 29 horses, Taylor Made was the session’s leading consignor.

Taylor Made also consigned Grade 1 winner Lady Prancealot (IRE), who sold for $1.6 million to Shadai Farm of Japan. Fourth in Saturday’s Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1), the 4-year-old daughter of Sir Prancealot (IRE) was cataloged as a racing or broodmare prospect.

“I think we were expecting a strong showing today, and $1.6 million was a great result for everybody,” said Phillip Shelton, Racing Manager of co-owner Medallion Racing. “She’s a 4-year-old and there is blue sky ahead. (Shadai is) going to breed her. If we couldn’t get it done, we were happy to take her back and run her. We have to thank all of our partners for putting their faith in us.”

Two in-foal broodmares sold for $1.5 million apiece.

Spendthrift Farm purchased the first, Canadian champion and millionaire Holy Helena, who is carrying her first foal by Quality Road. Hidden Brook, agent, consigned the 6-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper who is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Holy Boss.

Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings paid $1.5 million for Houtzen (AUS), a multiple group stakes winner in Australia. A 6-year-old daughter of Australian sire I Am Invincible, the mare is carrying her first foal by Curlin. She was consigned by Woods Edge Farm, agent.

“She was a really brilliant 2-year-old in Australia – super fast,” Barbara Banke of Stonestreet said. “She was in foal to my favorite stallion, so what is not to like?”

Claiborne Farm, agent, paid $1 million for the racing or broodmare prospect Gingham. Consigned by Brookdale Sales, agent, Gingham is a stakes-winning 3-year-old daughter of Quality Road out of the Pulpit mare Chapel. The Grade 2-placed filly is from the family of Grade 2 winner Owsley.

Two weanlings sold for $600,000 to lead the session.

The first is a colt from the first crop of undefeated 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify who sold to Donato Lanni, agent. Consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent, he is out of the Mr. Greeley mare Groton Circle and is a half-brother to stakes winner Supreme Aura. The colt is from the family of Grade 2 winners Miss Isella and Sir Cherokee.

“He’s pretty cool; he looked just like Justify,” Lanni said. “We bought him to race; I wanted to buy a nice Justify. He was an amazing racehorse. (The weanling) looked just like him.”

M.V. Magnier paid $600,000 for a son of American Pharoah who is a half-brother to multiple Grade 1-winning juvenile Jackie’s Warrior. Beau Lane Bloodstock, agent, consigned the colt, who is out of Unicorn Girl, by A. P. Five Hundred.

Mitole’s Dam, Indian Miss, Sells for $1.9 Million

Indian Miss, the dam of champion Mitole who is in foal to Into Mischief, sold for $1.9 million to Larry Best’s OXO Equine within the first hour of Monday’s opening session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, consigned Indian Miss, an 11-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie.

Indian Miss

Canadian champion and millionaire Holy Helena, in foal to Quality Road, sold for $1.5 million to Spendthrift Farm less than hour after the start of Monday’s opening session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

Hidden Brook, agent, consigned Holy Helena, a 6-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper who is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Holy Boss.

Holy Helena

Claiborne Farm, agent, paid $1 million for the racing or broodmare prospect Gingham within a half-hour of the start of Monday’s opening session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

Consigned by Brookdale Sales, agent, Gingham is a stakes-winning 3-year-old daughter of Quality Road out of the Pulpit mare Chapel. The Grade 2-placed filly is from the family of Grade 2 winner Owsley.

Gingham