Keeneland Up as Sale Winds Down

Keeneland Up as Sale Winds Down
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Gains were posted across the board during the second to last day of the Keeneland November mixed sale Nov. 18.

Gains were posted across the board during the second-to-last day of the Keeneland November mixed sale Nov. 18.

Counselled, a winning son of champion filly Countess Diana, topped the session when Dr. Oscar Benavides, agent, paid $80,000 for the 3-year-old A.P. Indycolt. He was offered as a racing or stallion prospect by Cardinal Stables.

Countess Diana, who died last year, was named champion 2-year-old filly of 1997 and is the dam of a stakes-winning full sister to Counselled named Mama Nadine.

For the session, the sale company reported 169 horses sold for a gross of $1,432,300. Compared with the same session one year ago, the gross increased 35.9% from when 125 horses sold for $1,053,600. The session average of $8,475 was up a slight 0.5% from $8,429 in 2006, and the median was up 15.4% to $6,000 from $5,200.

The highest-priced weanling of the day was a chestnut colt by Kela who sold to Dreamfields for $44,000. Consigned by Margaux Farm, agent for Beth Ann Brown-Gambone, the colt is out of the winning Majestic Light mare Front Row Seat.

The top-selling broodmare prospect of the penultimate session was Barbara's Wildcat, who sold to Machmer Hall Racing for $35,000 from Warrendale Sales, agent for Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings. The 3-year-old Forest Wildcat filly won two starts this year.

Cumulatively, 3,267 horses have been sold for $340,203,700, for an average of $104,133 and a median of $35,000. Session 14 was the last day of the sale in 2006, which realized a total of 3,147 horses sold for $313,843,800. Last year's cumulative average was $99,728, and the median was $35,000. Gross is up 8.4%, and the average is up 4.4% from last year, while the median is flat.

The 15th and last session of the 2007 Keeneland November mixed sale will be held Nov. 19 beginning at 10 a.m. EST.

 

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