Keeneland officials expect business to be brisk when the November breeding stock sale starts its 11-day run Monday in Lexington.
"The quality of the catalogue is stronger than it was last year and as we speak, the barns are humming with activity," said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland's director of sales, on Friday morning.
In addition, Russell is optimistic because of the general strength of this year's yearling market and good news recently about the health of this country's economy.
"The ecoomic figures released (on Oct. 30) by the government were all very positive, and they should put people in the mood to buy horses," he said.
Monday's session, which begins at 10 a.m. (EST), will feature a number of choice lots, including North America's leading money earner, Spain, who is in foal to Storm Cat, and her weanling Storm Cat colt. Also on the block will be 1999 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Cash Run (in foal to Storm Cat), grade I winner and 2002 BC Juvenile Fillies runner-up Composure (in foal to A.P. Indy), and champion Golden Apples, who is a broodmare prospect.
Spain and her weanling colt are part of a major reduction by The Thoroughbred Corp., which was operated by the late Prince Ahmed Salman. Nearly all of Salman's breeding stock -- 42 mares and 16 weanlings--will be offered at Keeneland through the consignments of Mill Ridge Sales, Three Chimneys Sales, Lane's End, Taylor Made Sales Agency, and Hopewell Farm.
The sale, which has 4,001 horses catalogued, runs through Nov. 13.