Filly From Chapel Royal's First Crop Brings $180,000

(from Keeneland release)
A weanling filly from the first crop of Chapel Royal brought the top price of $180,000 during Thursday's session of Keeneland's November breeding stock sale.

Diamond J Racing purchased the day 11 session topper. Out of the unraced Cox's Ridge mare Staretta, the filly is from the family of Alcibiades Stakes (gr. II) winner Zero Minus. Morris B. Floyd and Chuck Givens, agent for Fairway Farm, consigned her.

On Thursday, Keeneland sold 226 horses for gross receipts of $3,824,500, up 49.7% from 2005 when 221 horses brought $2,554,000. The average of $16,923 rose 46.4% from last year's average of $11,557. Median price of $10,000 marked a 25% increase over the $8,000 recorded in 2005.

Foreign buyers continued to make their presence known during the sale, resulting in strong increases across the board Thursday.

"Keeneland's position as a global market was truly in evidence today as we had buyers participating from India and Trinidad," said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland's director of sales.

Through day 11 of the 14-day sale, Keeneland has sold 2,635 horses for $308,580,000, an increase of 7.1% over last year's $288,015,000. Total gross sales to date have surpassed the second-highest November sale gross of $302,049,800, set in November 2000. The average of $117,108 is up 6.6% from $109,846 in 2005, while the median of $50,000 is an increase of 25% from last year's $38,000.

The Keeneland sale runs through Nov. 19.