Anne M. Eberhardt

Keeneland November Sale Bigger Than Ever

Keeneland has cataloged 5,709 horses for its November breeding stock sale, setting a world record for a Thoroughbred auction. The total exceeds the previous mark of 5,555 for this year’s Keeneland September yearling sale and is up by 294 lots from the former November sale mark of 5,415.

The sale will be held Nov. 3-17 in Lexington, with sessions beginning daily at 10 a.m. (EST). Keeneland will provide live coverage of the entire 15-day auction on its Web site (

Catalogs will be available online at Keeneland’s Web site beginning Oct. 1. Print catalogs will be mailed the week of October 13. 

There are 2,267 mares in the catalog along with 2,893 weanlings, 542 horses of racing age, and seven stallions.

“Keeneland November’s catalog is unmatched in terms of stakes-winning and stakes-producing fillies and mares, as well as weanlings by some of the hottest stallions around,” said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland’s director of sales. “Such a deep pool of quality individuals draws the largest group of domestic and foreign buyers in the world.”
Mares in foal to 278 different stallions will be offered. The sires represented include such established stallions as A. P. Indy, Awesome Again , Distorted Humor , Dynaformer, Elusive Quality, Empire Maker , Giant’s Causeway, Gone West, Indian Charlie, Mr. Greeley, Lion Heart, Medaglia d’Oro, Montjeu, More Than Ready , Pulpit, Seeking the Gold, Smart Strike, Songandaprayer, Speightstown , Storm Cat, Street Cry, Tale of the Cat , Tiznow , and Unbridled’s Song.

Also cataloged are mares in foal to such promising young sires as After Market, Any Given Saturday, Bernardini, Bluegrass Cat, Corinthian, Daaher , Discreet Cat, English Channel , First Samurai, Hard Spun , Invasor, Lawyer Ron, Scat Daddy, and Street Sense .

Weanlings representing many of the world’s premier sires, such as A.P. Indy, Awesome Again, Distorted Humor, Dynaformer, El Prado, Elusive Quality, Empire Maker, Forestry, Fusaichi Pegasus , Galileo, Ghostzapper, Giant’s Causeway, Gone West, Indian Charlie, Lion Heart, Kingmambo, Medaglia d’Oro, Mineshaft , Monjeu, More Than Ready, Mr. Greeley, Proud Citizen, Pulpit, Rockport Harbor, Seeking the Gold, Smart Strike, Smarty Jones , Speightstown, Storm Cat, Street Cry, Tale of the Cat, Tiznow, and Unbridled’s Song.

Additionally, weanlings by such new stallions as Aragorn, Bernardini, Bluegrass Cat, First Samurai, Flower Alley,and Henny Hughes.

Last November’s auction was highlighted by the sale of Playful Act, who brought a world record price for a broodmare or broodmare prospect of $10.5 million. John Ferguson purchased her on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum from the consignment of Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent for the dispersal of the Robert Sangster family’s Swettenham Stud. Thirty-nine horses sold for $1 million or more apiece, contributing to a November sale record gross of $340,727,200.

Download the Data Digest Keeneland September Sale Results PDF.