Pure Clan brings $4.5 million at Keeneland November
Pure Clan is out of Grade 3 victress Gather the Clan (General Assembly), making her a half-sister to Grade 2 hero Greater Good (Intidab) and dual stakes-placed Gather the Day (Dayjur) as well as the dams of Grade 1 vixen Sky Diva (Sky Mesa) and multiple Grade 1-placed stakes star Quick Little Miss (Freud). Gather the Clan is herself a daughter of 1977 champion sprinter What a Summer (What Luck).
Pure Clan was almost bumped out of the top spot as the second session highlight when Hip 374 entered the ring. CHANGING SKIES (Sadler's Well), also consigned by Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, agent, saw her price reach $4.2 million before the gavel fell on Mandore Int. Agency's winning bid.
Capital Plan hasn't been seen in action since taking the Grade 3 Beverly Hills Handicap on June 24 at Hollywood Park. Prior to that, the bay lass was third in the Grade 1 Gamely and also captured the Grade 2 Santa Barbara Handicap. The Kentucky-bred currently boasts a 12-5-2-1, $305,800 career record.
Capital Plan far outstripped her initial purchase price of $50,000 as a Keeneland September yearling, and counts as a half-brother Grade 2-placed Skellytown (Thunder Gulch). The duo are grandchildren of champion grass horse and dual English Horse of the Year Dahlia (*Vaguely Noble), who routinely beat the boys both overseas and stateside. Dahlia found success in the breeding shed as well when foaling Grade 1 winners Dahar (Lyphard), Rivlia (Riverman), Delegant (*Grey Dawn II) and Dahlia's Dreamer (Theatrical).
A bay colt by War Front topped the weanlings on Wednesday when selling for $800,000 to John McCormack Bloodstock. Consigned by Eaton Sales, agent, as Hip 280, the Kentucky-bred is out of Questress (Seeking the Gold), making him a half-brother to multiple Grade 1-winning top sire Pomeroy (Boundary) as well as the dam of this year's Grade 1 Test and Grade 1 Acorn queen Contested (Ghostzapper).
Two mares also brought $800,000 -- GRACIOUS GIFT (Giant's Causeway) and HEATHERDOESNTBLUFF (Old Trieste) -- from KI Farm and Hunter Valley Farm, respectively.
Gracious Gift also came from the Eaton Sales consignment and wore Hip 207 in the sales rings. The unraced sophomore, who was listed in foal to Distorted Humor, is out of multiple Grade 1-winning champion Heavenly Prize (Seeking the Gold), making her a half-sister to duel Grade 1 victor and sire Good Reward (Storm Cat), Grade 2 scorer Pure Prize (Storm Cat) and the dam of Grade 1 vixen Persistently (Smoke Glacken).
Gracious Gift's third dam is Grade 2 victress Blitey (Riva Ridge), whose progeny include Breeders' Cup Sprint hero Dancing Spree (Nijinsky II) as well as Grade 1 queens Furlough (Easy Goer) and Fantastic Find (Mr. Prospector).
Heatherdoesntbluff sold just six hips later from the Denali Stud (Craig and Holly Bandoroff), agent, consignment. Listed in foal to Medaglia d'Oro, the nine-year-old mare was a $32,000 RNA when passing through the 2007 Keeneland November sale. She was carrying an In Excess filly at that time who would later be named Rockin Heather and post three stakes-placings. Heatherdoesntbluff's second foal, Killer Graces (Congaree), put her in the spotlight after taking last year's Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet and placing in a pair of Grade 3s this year.
Heatherdoesntbluff is out of Grade 3 winner Michigan Bluff (Skywalker) and counts as her fifth dam 1966 champion two-year-old filly Regal Gleam, who is the granddam of multiple Grade 1-scoring sire Caerleon (Nijinsky II).
Wednesday's session saw 109 horses sell for $33,840,000, a drop of 34.2 percent when compared to last year's second session which sold 138 for $51,405,000. The $310,459 average fell 16.7 percent from last year's $372,500 average, while the median showed a modest 1.3 percent increase, from $197,500 to $200,000.
The second session in 2011 had a huge boost as the stock of the late Saud bin Khaled's Palides Investments N.V. Inc. was dispersed that day, topped by Royal Delta (Empire Maker), who brought $8.5 million. Day 1 of the 2011 November sale saw another dispersal in the form of the estate of Edward P. Evans, and both of those combined boosted the 2011 two-day total to $114,681,500 for 285 horses. The average for those two days was $402,391, while the median stood at $220,000.
This year's opening two-day cumulative couldn't hold up with those two dispersals as 209 horses brought a gross $61,505,000, a decline of 46.4 percent. The $294,282 average dropped by 26.9 percent and the $160,000 median fell 27.3 percent.
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