Competition for quality horses fueled substantial across-the-board increases during the Nov. 12 sixth session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, led by the $260,000 paid by Xavier International Bloodstock for the graded stakes-placed mare Aqua Regia in foal to Dialed In .
On Sunday, the second of two sessions in Book 3, 264 horses brought $14,885,500, up 46.70% from last year when 233 horses grossed $10,147,000. The average surged 29.47% from $43,549 in 2016 to $56,384. The median of $46,000 increased 31.43% compared to $35,000 last year.
At the halfway point of the 12-day auction, Keeneland has sold 1,172 horses for $174,295,500, down 3.15% versus 2016 when 1,154 brought $179,956,200. The average price of $148,716 dipped 4.63% from last year's $155,941. The median of $80,000 rose 6.67% from $75,000 last year.
Trackside Farm consigned Aqua Regia, a 6-year-old mare by Pollard's Vision out of the Tabasco Cat mare Phu Cat. She is from the family of 1988 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Is It True.
Goose Lemon Drop, a half sister to grade 1 winner Lochte in foal to Violence , brought a final bid of $215,000 from Town & Country Horse Farms to be the day's second-highest priced horse. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, Goose Lemon Drop is a 6-year-old mare by Elusive Quality out of stakes winner Lemon Kiss, by Lemon Drop Kid .
Three horses sold for $200,000 each.
McMahon & Hill Bloodstock, agent, paid $200,000 for Cast in Silver, a stakes-placed half sister to Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Palace Malice , in foal to Constitution . Cast in Silver is a 6-year-old City Zip mare, out of the stakes-winning Royal Anthem mare Palace Rumor. She was consigned by Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency.
Spindle, a 4-year-old mare in foal to Honor Code , sold for $200,000 to Chesapeake Equine and Manganano Bloodstock. Consigned by James B. Keogh's Grovendale, the mare is by Hard Spun out of graded stakes winner French Satin, by French Deputy. She is a half sister to grade 3 winner Long Haul Bay and a full sister to stakes winner Midnight Transfer.
A colt from the first crop of Carpe Diem brought $200,000 to be the session's top-priced weanling, selling to Bloodstock Investments. Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, consigned the colt, who is out of the Latent Heat mare Hot Spa and from the family of multiple grade 1 winner Chaposa Springs and group 2 winner Mendip.
Taylor Made Sales Agency was the day's leading consignor, selling 30 horses for $2,023,000.
Ben Glass, agent, bought 10 horses for $882,000 to be the session's leading buyer.
The November Sale continues through Saturday with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. ET. The entire sale is streamed live at Keeneland.com.
2017 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, Day 6
|Hip||Sex, Sire–Dam||Sale Price|
m, 6, Pollard's Vision–Phu Cat
Covering Sire: Dialed In
Buyer: Xavier International Bloodstock, agent
Consignor: Trackside Farm
|1792||Goose Lemon Drop
m, 6, Elusive Quality–Lemon Kiss
Covering Sire: Violence
Buyer: Town & Country House Farms
Consignor: Taylor Made Sales Agency
|1702||Cast in Silver
m, 6, City Zip–Palace Rumor
Covering Sire: Constitution
Buyer: McMahon & Hill Bloodstock, agent
Consignor: Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency
|1810||c, wlg, Carpe Diem–Hot Spa
Buyer: Bloodstock Investments V
Consignor: Taylor Made Sales Agency
m, 4, Hard Spun–French Satin
Covering Sire: Honor Code
Buyer: Chesapeake Equine & Manganaro Bloodstock
Consignor: James B. Keogh
|1752||c, wlg, Dialed In–D'ya Knowwhatimean
Buyer: Whitehorse Stables
|1999||f, wlg, Cairo Prince–Stop the Wedding
Buyer: De Meric Stables, agent
Consignor: Betz Thoroughbreds
|2025||f, wlg, Street Boss–Urloveisasymphony
Buyer: Dudley Racing
Consignor: Four Star Sales
f, 3, Tiznow–Overandabeauty
Buyer: Chuck Allen
Consignor: Denali Stud
m, 5, Super Saver–So Sharp
Buyer: Ben Glass, agent
Consignor: Eaton Sales