Anne M. Eberhardt

Empire Maker Fillies Top Keeneland Session

Clear Sailing and Passiflora commanded $255,000 and $180,000 respectively.

Two Empire Maker fillies—Clear Sailing and Passiflora—commanded the highest prices during the Nov. 17 session of Keeneland’s November breeding stock sale.

A 3-year-old racing or broodmare prospect, Clear Sailing brought a top price of $255,000, while Passiflora, an unraced broodmare prospect, fetched the second highest price of the session, $180,000.

Larry Richardson, on behalf of Coteau Grove, bought Clear Sailing from the Overbrook Farm dispersal, with Eaton Sales serving as agent. Clear Sailing is out of the Old Trieste mare Steady Course, who is a half-sister to grade II winner and former Overbrook sire Jump Start . Clear Sailing was a $190,000 buy-back at Keeneland’s September yearling sale, and finished third in her only start, a maiden event at Churchill Downs last year.

Passiflora, consigned by Mill Ridge Sales, agent, was purchased by Freyer Bloodstock. The 3-year-old filly is out of the stakes-placed Danzig mare Quick to Please, who is a full sister to European champion Danehill. Quick to Please’s second dam, Spring Adieu, is a half-sister to champion racehorse and sire Northern Dancer.

During the Nov. 17 session, Keeneland sold 241 horses for $4,902,600, an average of $20,343, and a median of $13,000. Last year, 192 horses brought $5,579,600, an average of $29,060, and a median of $22,000.

Through eight days of the 13-day auction, 1,786 horses have been sold for $150,359,400, an average of $84,188, and a median of $39,000. At this point in the sale last year, 1,589 horses had been sold for $167,899,300, an average of $105,663, and a median of $50,000.

For complete results from this sale, including Hip-by-Hips and cumulative sale results, click here.