(edited Keeneland press release)
Keeneland has cataloged a sale-record total of 5,415 lots for its November breeding stock sale, which will be held in Lexington. The auction, the largest of its kind in the world, will run for 15 days, Nov. 5-19.
November sale catalogs will be accessible online at Keeneland’s website, www.keeneland.com, beginning Oct. 1. Print catalogs will be available Oct. 15.
This year's total exceeds last year's by 389 lots, and includes 2,684 broodmares, 2,323 weanlings, 403 horses of racing age, four stallions, and one breeding right. This year’s sale also will feature the dispersal of the Sangster family’s Swettenham Stud, and major reductions from the Mabee family’s Golden Eagle Farm and Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs.
“We have a strong November catalog, with true international appeal,” said Keeneland’s Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell. “With such quantity and recognized quality throughout the catalog, Keeneland offers something for everyone. Keeneland November assembles the largest, most influential group of buyers in the world.”
An internationally broad base of buyers spent a near-record $313.8 million at the 2006 November auction. Keeneland sale record prices were established for a horse in training ($6.1 million paid by Aaron Jones for Half Ours) and weanling filly (a Gone Westfilly acquired for $2.4 million by M.A.B. Agency), while a weanling half-brother to European champion Electrocutionist brought a North American record auction price of $2.7 million from Japanese agent Nobutaka Tada. In addition, grade I winner Madcap Escapade and her dam, Sassy Pants, sold for $6 million and $4.5 million, respectively.