The marathon Keeneland November mixed sale that concluded Nov. 20 brought down the curtain on the 2016 public auction season with slight across-the-board declines in significant categories, signaling an overall stable market.
Spend some time at any Thoroughbred sale and there’s no telling what you will hear. The recent Keeneland November sale left us with an earful. The following are some select sound bites.
Keeneland's November breeding stock sale has substantial international appeal spread across all levels of the market, but it is particularly an important part of trade as the marathon auction nears the finish line.
Horsemen betting on the future at November sale
The dispersal of Conquest Stables began Nov. 14 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, topped by the $800,000 bid by Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Stables for Conquest Serenade, a half sister to Canadian champion Fatal Bullet.
Moonlight Sky, a full sister to grade III winner Sky Girl, was sold for $240,000 to top the Nov. 13 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale that saw key figures dip from the comparable session a year ago.
For the second day in a row, Louisiana breeder Evelyn Benoit struck for a high-priced mare to breed to her stallion Star Guitar, going to $550,000 for Five Star Momma during the fifth session of Keeneland's November breeding stock sale.
Claire Novak recaps Day 4 of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, including a look at some of the top hips. Also comments from James Keogh. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency.
Claire Novak recaps Day 3 of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale including a look at some of the top hips, and comments from Patrick Lawley-Wakelin and Walker Hancock. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak recaps day 2 of the Keeneland November sale including comments from Eaton Sales Principal Reiley McDonald, Hill 'n' Dale President John Sikura, and Keeneland Sales Director Geoffrey Russell. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency.
Topped by Unrivaled Belle at $3.8 million, the Nov. 9 second session of Keeneland's November breeding stock sale brought Book 1 to a close with average and median prices up over 2015 as the gross declined with considerably fewer head sold.
The demand for well-bred weanlings materialized late during the second session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale when Coolmore Stud’s M. V. Magnier went to $1.45 million to buy a son of War Front.
Millionaire Unrivaled Belle in foal to leading sire Tapit lit up the Keeneland bid board when the daughter of Unbridled’s Song was purchased for $3.8 million.
Grade I winner Paola Queen was sold to SF Bloodstock for $1.7 million, the highest priced offering early during the Nov. 9 second session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
With buyers showing an insatiable appetite for quality fillies and mares and 2016 foals, the Keeneland November breeding stock sale opened Nov. 8 with key figures that soared well beyond the gross, average and median prices for the same 2015 session.
My Conquestadory, a grade I-winning mare carrying a filly sired by leading sire Tapit, was purchased by SF Bloodstock and Newgate Farm for $1.5 million to light up the bid board early during the first session of the Keeeneland November sale.
My Conquestadory, a grade I-winning mare carrying a filly sired by leading sire Tapit, as well as her 2016 colt also sired by Tapit, top the list of horses to watch for on Day 1 of the Keeneland November sale.
Eric Mitchell previews the 2016 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale which begins Tuesday, November 8, including comments from Sales Director Geoffrey Russell. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency
When Keeneland kicks off its breeding stock sale Nov. 8, buyers will have an opportunity to purchase some of the rich bloodlines from the prominent Phipps Stable that has been among the leading breeding and racing entities in for decades.
The 2016 yearling sales season, which essentially ended with the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October sale last week, saw declines in gross, average, and median prices but not at an alarming rate.
A plethora of horses pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup, or their relatives, are cataloged for the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 8-20.
Headed by seven horses in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), 74 horses that are graduates of Keeneland sales have been pre-entered in the World Championships Nov. 4-5 at Santa Anita Park in California.
Grade I winner Lady Eli, who returned to top form after missing more than a year due to a bout with laminitis, is among the grade/group I winners consigned to the upcoming Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
It may be unprecedented in the annals of Thoroughbred public auctions. Over the Oct. 7-10 weekend, all 10 grade I stakes contested in North America were won by horses that had either sold or been offered for sale at Keeneland in Lexington.
Keeneland’s marathon September yearling sale highlighted by the sale of Beholder’s half brother for $3 million ended Sept. 25, with strength at the top and middle of the market and continued tepid demand for lower quality individuals.
Keeneland reported gains in gross and average Sept. 23 during the 11th session of the September yearling sale, highlighted by the sale of a colt from the first crop of Point of Entry for $100,000.
Claire Novak recaps Day 3 of the Keeneland September yearling sale, including a look at some of the top sellers, and an overall look at Book 1. Also includes comments from Geoffrey Russell. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency
A War Front colt produced from the two-time grade I-winning A.P. Indy mare Love and Pride became the second seven-figure yearling Sept. 13 at the Keeneland September yearling sale when purchased by Shadwell Estate Co. for $1.3 million.
Claire Novak previews the Keeneland September yearling sale, including highlighting some of the yearlings with famous relations. Also includes comments from Mark Taylor about the sale. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency
If success on the racetrack transcends into success in the sales ring, Keeneland is well-poised to have a successful marathon September yearling sale that could end the downward spiral experienced by previous sales this year.
Three colts sired by Pioneerof the Nile are among the top 10 pinhook prospects for the marathon Keeneland September yearling sale based on their respective purchase prices when they initially went through the sales ring as weanlings.
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Keeneland's January sale featured a robust upper market in Book 1, but that didn't prevent declines in average and median at the end of the five-day auction, which saw a continuation of 2015's finicky market.
Keeneland's January mixed sale ended its fourth of five sessions with figures lower across the board for the first time this week, as $102,000 broodmare Prom Time and a $100,000 Super Saver colt led proceedings.
New buyer Fifth Avenue Bloodstock purchased $240,000 Ready for Romance, one of two six-figure lots, as the Keeneland January sale's third session produced more gains in average and median.
$500,000 broodmare Roan Inish led gains in average and median at the Keeneland January mixed sale's second session, which sellers continued to describe as selective and buyers described fierce competition for top lots.
Canadian Oaks winner Roan Inish, an Elusive Quality mare in foal to Arch, was purchased by Evelyn Benoit for $500,000 during the second session of Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale.
Multiple stakes winner Mother Ruth was acquired by Highland Yard for $420,000 during the second session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale Jan. 12.
Virginia Kraft Payson sprang for three horses from the Sarah J. Leigh estate's dispersal, including session-topper Summer Solo for $700,000, to boost Keeneland January's opening session.
Two back-to-back offerings from the partial dispersal of the Estate of Sarah J. Leigh became the new toppers at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale Jan. 11 when they were purchased by Virginia Kraft Payson.
A 2015 Arch filly produced from the Seeking the Gold mare Seeking Atlantis was purchased by Virginia Kraft Payson for $450,000 during the opening session of Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale Jan. 11.
Paris Bikini, a 4-year-old daughter of Bernardini and a half sister to grade III winner America, was purchased by WinStar Farm for $425,000 at the Jan. 11 session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.
My Limit, the dam of grade I winner Birdatthewire, was purchased by Castleton Lyons for $350,000 during the Jan. 11 first session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.
Glenye Cain Oakford previews the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, including comments from Keeneland Director of Sales, Geoffrey Russell, and Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency. Watch Video
Keeneland's January mixed sale, which runs Jan. 11-15, features a larger catalog and the prospect of bargain shopping at a time when the marketplace for mares and young stock has been highly selective.
A total of 1,796 horses have been cataloged to the January horses of all ages sale which runs through Friday, Jan. 15.
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Topped by $6 million Take Charge Brandi and a record $3.2 million War Front--Take Charge Lady filly in Book 1, Keeneland's November breeding stock sale ended Nov. 13 with gross and average up but a 14.3% decline in median.
The Keeneland November breeding stock sale's overall average remained up through the 12-day sale's penultimate day, but median was slightly behind after 11 sessions.
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