Anne M. Eberhardt

Grand Slam Filly Tops Keeneland Session

Ruthless Babe, a 3-year-old daughter of Grand Slam produced from the graded stakes-winning Clever Trick mare Tricky Squaw brought the top price of $105,000 during Wednesday's session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Arch Bloodstock, who also purchased the sale topper in Tuesday's session, bought Ruthless Babe, a half-sister to stakes winner Tricky Six. The filly, consigned by Dromoland Farm, agent, has won once in 2004 and earned $32,980. She was sold as a young racing or broodmare prospect.

The session's second- highest price of $97,000 was paid by Vinery Stables for a weanling daughter of Pure Prize, named Sarah's Prize, out of the winning Forty Niner mare Detain. Sarah's Prize was consigned by Havens Bloodstock Agency, agent.

For the session Keeneland reported 252 horses sold for $4,125,200, an average of $16,370, and a median of $10,250. During the comparable session last year, 237 horses sold for $2,120,500, an average of $8,947, and a median of $4,500. Seventy-six horses, or 23.2 % of those offered, did not meet their reserves Wednesday compared to 18.6 % at the comparable session last year.

With two sessions remaining in the 12-day auction, 2,452 horses have been sold for $275,624,100, an average of $112,408, and a median of $40,000. At this point last year 2,423 horses sold for $234,808,300, an average of $96,908, and a median of $35,000.

Keeneland sales director Geoffrey Russell said it was impressive to see a six-digit price in this late stage of the sale.

"There's still plenty of money here for the right horse and the crowd is still good," Russell said. "And we still have two more days to go."

The sale continues 10 a.m. Thursday at the Keeneland sales pavilion in Lexington. The auction ends Friday.

Results, leading buyer, leading consignor lists from Keeneland