Anne M. Eberhardt

Legal Move Tops Day of Modest Gains

The son of Bold Executive sold for $245,000.

Racing and/or stallion prospect Legal Move highlighted the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 15, selling for $245,000 on a rare positive day in which total sales were up from last year’s comparable session.

Canadian Bruno Schickedanz bought the 4-year-old son of Bold Executive, who is a six-time stakes winner at Woodbine. He was consigned by Lane’s End, agent.
Legal Move has a 10-4-3 record from 23 starts, including a victory in his most recent start, which came in allowance company earlier this month at Woodbine. Bred in Ontario and out of the Country Store mare Charity Country, he has earned $782,181.
The day’s second-highest price was for a weanling filly by Tapit  out of the stakes-winning Silver Deputy mare Princess Willow. She was bought for $75,000 by Moon Bloodstock and consigned by Shawhan Place, agent for Sagamore Overlook.
Despite gloomy weather in Lexington, it was a day of modest gains in what has otherwise been a struggling sale. Keeneland sold 242 horses Nov. 15 for gross receipts of $2,257,800, up 5.3% from 2007 when 202 horses brought $2,143,900. On the down side, the average of $9,330 was down 12.1% from last year’s $10,613, while the median of $5,250 was down 23.4% compared to $6,850 in 2007.   
The moderate gains in total receipts barely made a dent in the strained cumulative sale results, which has seen Keeneland sell 2,680 horses for $183,643,800, down 45.8% from $338,771,400 for 3,098 horses in 2007.
Average has decreased 37.3% from $109,352 to $68,524. The median of $25,000 is down 37.5% from $40,000 recorded last year. 
For complete results from this sale, including Hip-by-Hips and cumulative sale results, click here.
The sale continues through Monday, Nov. 17. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. EDT daily.