Twisted Tale, a stakes-placed 5-year-old daughter of Tale of the Cat in foal to Indian Charlie, sold for $250,000 to top the Nov. 13 session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
Totem Thoroughbreds purchased the mare, who finished second in the Richland Hills Farm Stakes, from Eaton Sales, agent. Twisted Tale, bred in Kentucky by Winchell Thoroughbreds and Tom Van Meter, is a daughter of Call Now, a Wild Again mare who won the Del Mar Debutante (gr. II). The second dam includes grade I winners Olympio, Cuvee, and Pyro and grade II winner Paddy O'Prado.
The day’s second-highest price of $245,000 was paid by BG Stables for Coin Broker, a weaning colt by Tapit out of the Red Ransom mare Pay on Demand. A half-brother to graded-stakes placed Ransom Demanded, the colt was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency.
The sixth day of the auction that runs until Nov. 20 produced gross receipts of $8,752,700 for the 265 horses sold, down 10.7% from the gross $9,695,900 paid for 236 horses during the corresponding session a year ago. The $33,029 average and $22,000 median reflected declines of 19.6% and 21.4%, respectively.
Cumulatively, 1,385 horses have been sold for $127,504,800, for an average of $92,061 and a median of $45,000. During the corresponding period last year, 1,285 horses brought $139,417,100, for an average of $108,496 and a median of $55,000.
The sale continues Nov. 14, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Lexington sale pavilion.