Keeneland Catalogues 4,477 Horses and Shares for November Sale

(Edited Keeneland press release)

Keeneland, which just completed its record-breaking September yearling sale, will catalog 4,477 lots (including three stallion shares) for its November breeding stock sale. The 12-day Central Kentucky auction begins Monday, Nov. 7, and continues through Friday, Nov. 18. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. (EST) daily. The catalog is scheduled to be available for viewing on line during the week of Oct. 3.

The total is only 17 more than the 4,460 cataloged last year and includes 2,349 broodmares, 1,870 weanling, and 255 other horses.

"Keeneland November is the single most important breeding stock sale in the world," said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland's director of sales. "It is the sale that offers the broadest selection of mares, foals and racing prospects in all price ranges. This proves again that Keeneland in November is truly the 'ultimate stock exchange.' "

Taylor Made Sales Agency, as agent, will sell Ashado, who is the only horse to win the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) in the same year.

Smarty Jones , the 2004 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner who also was voted champion 3-year-old, is among the first-year stallions that are represented by pregnant mares in the sale. Others include Pleasantly Perfect, Medaglia d' Oro, Lion Heart, Speightstown, Toccet, and Strong Hope.

There also are mares in foal to Storm Cat, A.P. Indy, Unbridled's Song, Giant's Causeway , Gone West, Fusaichi Pegasus , Forestry, Seeking the Gold, Pulpit, Distorted Humor , Elusive Quality , Montjeu, Empire Maker , Pivotal, Mineshaft , and Vindication.

Represented by weanlings are such established sires as Storm Cat, Kingmambo, Unbridled's Song, Giant's Causeway , Danzig, Gone West, Fusaichi Pegasus , Forestry, Seeking the Gold, Pulpit, Machiavellian, and Elusive Quality . There also are weanlings by promising young stallions Aldebaran, Empire Maker , Mineshaft , Vindication, and Sky Mesa .

Last year in November, Keeneland sold 2,873 horses for $279,680,200, the third-highest gross in sale history. The average, $97,348, was a record and the median, $32,000, equaled the record.

Eaton Sales, as agent, paid the top price of the sale, $4.8 million, for Santa Catarina, who was pregnant to A.P. Indy. Craig and Holly Bandoroff's Denali Stud sold Santa Catarina as agent for Robert and Beverly Lewis.