Numbers Down at Penultimate Keeneland Session

Numbers Down at Penultimate Keeneland Session
Photo: Joe DiOrio
Keeneland November Sale

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.

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