Horses of racing age were featured during the Nov. 14 eighth session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, with You're to Blame bringing the highest price of $440,000 paid by agent Steve Young.
The 3-year-old graded stakes-placed son of Distorted Humor comes from the family of multiple champion Gio Ponti . Lane's End consigned You're to Blame, third in the Bay Shore Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct Racetrack in April. Young said the colt, out of the stakes-winning Malibu Moon mare Bon Jovi Girl, will be sent to trainer Todd Pletcher to continue his racing career.
"I think he is the best horse selling today," Young said. "He has a lot of blue sky to him. He is a horse who has a chance to build on what he has done."
Young was Tuesday's leading buyer, acquiring two horses for $590,000.
On Tuesday, Keeneland registered total sales of $10,174,500 for 270 horses, down 6.08% from the comparable session last year when 287 horses brought $10,833,700. The average of $37,683 was nearly even with last year's $37,748, while the median of $27,000 rose 35% from $20,000 in 2016. Last year's eighth session included the sale of 50 horses of racing age for $4,250,500 in the males' portion of the complete dispersal of Conquest Stables.
Through eight sessions of the 12-day sale, Keeneland sold 1,734 horses for $193,781,900, down 5.01% from the $204,011,000 for 1,695 horses through the same period in 2016. The average of $111,754 is 7.15% lower than last year's $120,360, and the median of $52,000 remained unchanged.
Machmer Hall paid $240,000 for That's a Lady, a 4-year-old stakes-placed daughter of City Zip who has been racing in Southern California. Lane's End consigned That's a Lady, a half-sister to grade 3-placed Desert Dynamo and Ambusher and from the family of grade 1 winners Sailor's Valentine and Coup de Fusil. She is out of the Dixie Union mare Competition.
"I probably just paid $100,000 more than they wanted me to pay, so I said, 'It's my birthday present,' which was last month," said Sandy Fubini, who owns Machmer Hall with her daughter and son-in-law, Carrie and Craig Brogden. "We waited all day for this one. Carrie talked about running her next year. We knew she was going to be expensive. When Craig saw her yesterday, he said, 'Buy that mare.' "
ELiTE consigned two horses that sold for $190,000 each, the third highest price of the day. Robert Marzilli of Toronto spent $190,000 to acquire Code Warrior, a 4-year-old daughter of Society's Chairman who won Woodbine's Hendrie Stakes (G3) in June.
"We've been following her for a long time," said trainer Mike de Paulo, who signed the ticket. "We're going to bring her back to Toronto, run her there and maybe run her a little over the winter at Gulfstream."
David Meah, as agent, paid $190,000 for Next Shares, a graded stakes-placed winner of his last two starts, which were an Oct. 15 allowance race at Belmont Park and a Nov. 10 allowance at Aqueduct. A 4-year-old son of Archarcharch, Next Shares is a half-brother to stakes winner Angelica Zapata.
Global Thoroughbred went to $105,000 to acquire the top-priced weanling, Imwaytoocoolforyou, by Tiznow . Denali Stud consigned the filly, who is out of grade 2 winner Mini Sermon, by Pulpit, and from the family of champion Minstrella and grade 2 winner A Little Warm.
"She is the whole package," said Rafael Celis, who signed the ticket. "She has the pedigree and she has the conformation. We loved her. We might race her; we might resell her. We will wait and see how she develops."
WinStar Racing was Tuesday's leading consignor, selling 24 horses for $1,275,500.
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.