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, 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.
Economic Model, second in the King's Bishop last out, looks like the clear favorite to capture the Bold Ruler, while Lewis Bay escapes grade I company and looms large in the Turnback the Alarm
If you are the company you keep, Paige should consider herself in good stead. The 4-year-old filly was second last time out to eventual grade I winner Al's Gal.
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.
Darley Alcibiades, Shadwell Turf Mile, Claiborne Breeders' Futurity, First Lady, Juddmonte Spinster, Santa Anita Sprint Championship, Jockey Club Gold Cup, Champagne, Flower Bowl, Frizette, Kelso and more.
Normandy Farm's Daddys Lil Darling, winner of the Sept. 17 Pocahontas Stakes (gr. II) in her most recent start at Churchill Downs, headlines a field of 14 2-year-old fillies entered for the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (gr. I) at Keeneland Oct. 7.
After racing near the back of the field of six fillies and mares early, Engaginglee rallied four wide in the stretch to earn a narrow victory in the $100,000 Locust Grove Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 17 on a muddy track at Churchill Downs.
Ahh Chocolate, winner of two graded stakes, looks to have a class edge in the Locust Grove, but will have to turn the tables on Innovative Idea, who outfinished her in the Groupie Doll Stakes last out.
Godolphin Racing's Innovative Idea, winner of Ellis Park's Aug. 6 Groupie Doll (gr. III), came close to being retired and bred in late March.
Innovative Idea yielded the early lead but regained top status when it mattered most to win the $100,000 Groupie Doll Stakes (gr. III) by a half-length over 28-1 longshot Emmajestic Aug. 6 at Ellis Park.
Gary and Mary West's American Freedom earned his first graded score with a clear victory in the $250,000 Iowa Derby (gr. III) July 1 at Prairie Meadows.
After the completion of the eighth race at Belmont Park July 1, an error was made in regards to the order of finish, according to the New York Racing Association.
Maybe I'm a Chatterbox needed a race, maybe she needed an easy target. Either way, the grade I winner got her mojo back in the $100,000 Obeah Stakes (gr. III), in which she made short work of a short field June 11 at Delaware Park.
Stonestreet Stables' Cavorting hasn't quite looked like her grade I-winning self in two starts following the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), but the Bernardini filly found her best stride again May 14 in the Ruffian Stakes (gr. II).
Grade I winners Cavorting and Include Betty will face off in the $250,000 Ruffian Stakes (gr. II) May 14 at Belmont Park and each will be looking to claim their first race as a 4-year-old filly.
Mei Ling returned to stakes-winning form March 5, taking the $150,000 Heavenly Prize Invitational wire-to-wire at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Gender Agenda turned the tables on grade I winner Stormy Lucy to earn the first stakes win of her career in the Robert J. Frankel Stakes (gr. IIIT) Dec. 27 at Santa Anita Park.
Jacks or Better Farm's Dogwood Trail is geared up for the $100,000 Sugar Swirl Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park Dec. 26, where she will seek to run her record to 2-for-2 in graded stakes competition.
Stormy Lucy is the co-highweight in the 1 1/8-mile turf test, which drew a field of 14, along with recent grade III winner Rusty Slipper and grade I winner Warren's Veneda.
In her second start off a more than five-month layoff following a run in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), Forever Unbridled broke through Nov. 28 at Aqueduct Racetrack in the $300,000 Comely Stakes (gr. III).
The $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, inaugurated in 2002, has come a long way, and a decision made several years ago to move the race to the afternoon has led to strong gains in pari-mutuel wagering.
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.
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|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Calamity Kate||Kelly J. Breen||
|Fashion Alert||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Gap Year||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Innovative Idea||Eoin G. Harty||
|Milehigh Butterfly||William R. Connelly||
|Naval Command||William A. Kaplan||
|Pangburn||William B. Van Meter||
|Peace and War||H. Graham Motion||
|Take Charge Brandi||D. Wayne Lukas||
|Taylor S||Dale L. Romans||
|Top Decile||Daniel J. Vella||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|Matriarch S. (gr. IT)||DMR|
|Bear Fan S.||GG|
|Valedictory S. (gr. III)||WO|
|Magic City Classic S.||FG|
|Louisiana Champions Day Starter S.||FG|