Two broodmares—multiple grade 1 winner Intangaroo, in foal to Silent Name , and Mrs. Hudson, in foal to Midshipman —sold for $200,000 apiece to top the Nov. 13 seventh session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Keeneland sold 292 horses Monday for $9,311,900, down 29.57% from the comparable session in 2016 when 254 horses sold for $13,221,100. The average of $31,890 decreased 38.73% from $52,052 last year. The median of $22,000 was 18.52% below $27,000 recorded in 2016. Last year's seventh session included the sale of 35 horses of racing age in the fillies' portion of the complete dispersal of Conquest Stables for $4,321,500. With 58 horses not sold the RNA rate was 16.57%.
Through seven sessions of the 12-day sale, Keeneland has sold 1,464 horses for $183,607,400, down 4.95% from the $193,177,300 paid for 1,408 horses through the same period in 2016. The average of $125,415 declined 8.59% from last year's $137,200, while the median of $62,000 is 4.62% below $65,000 in 2016.
Aaron Sones acquired Intangaroo, a 13-year-old daughter of Orientate out of the stakes-winning Tasso mare Tasso's Magic Roo. She was consigned by Adena Springs.
Anderson Farms purchased two horses for $330,000 to be the leading buyer of the session. Their purchases included Mrs. Hudson, who was sold as property of Godolphin. Godolphin was the session's leading consignor with sales of $1,365,000 for 22 horses.
Airdrie Stud's Summer Front , represented by his first foals this year, is the sire of Monday's top-priced weanling, a colt from the family of multiple grade 1 winner Bolt d'Oro, third in this year's Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), sold to Davant Latham, agent, for $170,000. Latham said he purchased the colt for a partnership that would resell him.
"(He's by an) exciting young first-year stallion by War Front—the sky's the limit," Latham said. "(The catalog update resulting from) Bolt d'Oro certainly had a play. The horse had a beautiful walk; (he is a) well-prepared, nice horse who I think is going to grow and finish well."
Latham said competition among weanling buyers has been strong.
"It is very difficult to buy; I find you're having to pay yearling prices," he said. "I have been outbid by several end users, in particular a couple of end users that breed many of their own horses and surprisingly are reaching down into weanlings to buy horses."
Darby Dan Farm's Tapiture , also represented by his first foals this year, is the sire of the session's second- and third-highest-priced weanlings, both colts.
B. K. Bloodstock went to $150,000 to acquire a son of the Officer mare Maggie R consigned by Darby Dan Farm.
"We thought he was a great physical," said Florida-based pinhooker Jimmy Gladwell, who signed the ticket. "We're looking for some good colts to resell next year. He's got a lot of growing to do, (but had a) great walk, great balance. Everything about him we liked.
"There's been a lot of competition for the good foals," he added. "The pinhookers did real well last year—a lot of sharp people around. It's a great market for everybody. Competition is good for the business."
Bluewater Sales consigned the Tapiture colt sold to Clear Ridge Stables for $130,000. Out of the Rockport Harbor mare Double Harbor, he is a half brother to Sky Writer, third in the Oct. 26 Indiana Futurity at Indiana Grand Race Course.
"Tapiture is a first-year son of Tapit ; he could have a lot of potential," said Brian Graves, who signed the ticket. "He's a free-moving colt. Really athletic; had a little stakes update. Weanlings have been expensive and good horses have brought some money. The market has been good. He's just a nice colt."
The November sale continues through Nov. 18 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 7
|Hip||Sex, Sire–Dam||Sale Price|
m, 13, Orientate–Tasso's Magic Roo
Covering Sire: Silent Name (JPN)
Buyer: Aaron Sones
Consignor: Adena Springs
m, 5, Street Cry (IRE)–Sara Louise
Covering Sire: Midshipman
Buyer: Anderson Farms
f, 4, War Front–Amusing
Buyer: David Meah, agent for Abbondanza Racing
Consignor: Claiborne Farm
|2356||c, wlg, Summer Front–Samurai's Honor
Buyer: Davant Latham, agent
Consignor: St George Sales
|2271||c, wlg, Tapiture–Maggie R
Buyer: B. K. Bloodstock
Consignor: Darby Dan Farm
|2155||c, wlg, Tapiture–Double Harbor
Buyer: Clear Ridge Stables
Consignor: Bluewater Sales
m, 6, Medaglia d'Oro–Catboat
Covering Sire: Sky Mesa
Buyer: Anderson Farms
m, 4, Street Boss–Zigember
Covering Sire: Midshipman
Buyer: Shortleaf Stable
|2415||f, wlg, Violence–Thunder Way
Buyer: Bertie Racing
Consignor: Hartwell Farm
|2176||c, wlg, Bayern–Frere Pilgrim
Buyer: East Hickman Bloodstock
Consignor: Taylor Made Sales Agency