For the second day in a row, the Keeneland November breeding stock sale saw its key statistics decline during the penultimate session Nov. 16 in Lexington, with the gross slipping 14.6%, the average down 8%, and the median declining 25% from the comparable session a year ago.
Keeneland sold 233 horses during the session for gross receipts of $2,122,800, compared with the $2,487,200 paid for 251 horses a year ago. This year’s session average was $9,111, compared to $9,909 in 2010 and the median of $4,500 was down from last year’s $6,000.
Although there have been declines in two consecutive sessions, the sale continues to be well ahead of the 2010 auction. Keeneland has sold 2,397 horses for $207,707,400, an increase of 43.9% from last year’s $144,303,000. Average price of $86,653 was up 45.6% from $59,506 in 2010. The median of $25,000 rose 13.6% from last year’s $22,000.
Top price Nov. 16 of $105,000 was paid by Bluewater Sales, as agent for Southern Equine Stables, for Five Gold Rings, a half sister to Illinois Derby (gr. II) winner Yarrow Brae. A 6-year-old mare by Touch Gold , Five Gold Rings was sold in foal to Indygo Shiner and was consigned by Lane’s End, agent. Produced from the winning Miswaki mare Bally Five, Five Gold Rings is a half-sister to graded stakes-placed To the Queen and stakes-placed Summintup.
The November Sale concludes Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. EST. The entire sale is streamed live at Keeneland.com.