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Veteran Sires Lead Way at Keeneland

Top sires at the Keeneland November sale.

Veteran stallions A.P. Indy, Kingmambo, and Smart Strike– all of which stand at Lane’s End Farm – topped the list of covering sires by average during the first two sessions of the Keneeland November breeding stock sale.

During the first two sessions Nov. 6-7—the unofficial “selected” portions of the marathon sale that continues through Nov. 19–Claiborne Farm stallion Pulpit was the leading sire of weanlings, by average, with a minimum three or more sold.

A.P. Indy, who stood in 2007 for $300,000, was represented by six selected session in-foal mares who averaged $1,250,000. The highest price paid for a mare in foal to the son of Seattle Slew who is second-leading North American sire this year was the $4.5 million brought by Spun Sugar.

Lane’s End stallion Kingmambo also had six in-foal mares sell at Keeneland for an average $1,991,667. The lowest was $1 million and the highest price of $3.2 million was commanded by Kamarainskaya. Smart Strike, the 2007 leading sire whose fee was $150,000 this year, ranked third, with four mares he serviced bringing an average $1,387,500.

Top stallion of in-foal mares among first-year sires was Bernardini, the 2006 champion 3-year-old colt who stood for $100,000 during his first season at Darley this year. Bernardini had 10 in-foal mares average $1,152,000, with a top price of $2.7 million brought by Evil.

Based on criteria of three or more sold, the top sire of weanlings sold during the first two days at Keeneland was Puplit, the Claiborne stallion who had three weanlings average $636,667.