A soggy, grey Veteran’s Day greeted buyers and sellers at Keeneland Tuesday, and the day’s business at the breeding stock sale, while down, was actually a tad brighter than most during the 15-day auction. While the figures were down Nov. 11, as they have been throughout the auction, they weren’t down as much as they had been during previous sessions.
Two good reasons were, one: the fact a half-sister to the $3-million sale topper went through the ring; and, two: WinStar Racing’s venture of selling racing stock helped buoy the trade at the end of the session.
Concern Nacca, an unraced half-sister to the grade I-winning millionaire Hystericalady, the sale’s topper, brought a sizable $450,000 bid from Tasuky Tsuji. The 8-year-old daughter of Concern, in foal to 2006 Horse of the Year Invasor, was consigned by Niknar Farm.
For the day, 232 horses were reported as sold for $5,395,500, making for an average of $23,256 while garnering a median of $15,000 during day nine of the 15-day sale that ends Monday, Nov. 17. Compared to the same day a year ago, the gross was down 34.2%, when 268 horses sold for $8,200,300. The average was down 24% from $23,256, and the median was down 33.3% from last year’s $22,500. The 77 horses not sold resulted in an RNA rate of 24.9%.
Tuesday was a “different kind of day” according to Tom Thornbury, associate director of sales for Keeneland. WinStar Racing was the day’s top seller, selling 19 horses for $1,208,000. In all, Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt’s farm near Versailles, Ky., had four of their horses bring six-figure bids. According to Keeneland officials, WinStar Farm’s Elliott Walden approached the sale company to sell racing and/or stallion/broodmare prospects during the November sale. This is the third year of their venture.
Bill Farish went to $180,000 to procure Pool Play, a twice-placed 3-year-old son of Silver Deputy—Zuri Ridge, by Cox’s Ridge. The colt is a half-brother to a stakes-placed runner and is from the family of dual grade I winner Voodoo Dancer.
Flyer, a 4-year-old son of Fusaichi Pegasus , and a half-brother to Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Keeper Hill, sold for $165,000 to Samantha Will, on behalf of David Will. Gayle VanLeer, agent, purchased Lunar Humor for $155,000 from WinStar. The 3-year-old colt, by Distorted Humor , out of the Argentine grade I winner Luna Real, and from the family of Lord At War, is unraced.
To date, 1,821 horses have sold for $173,294,800. The gross was down 46.1% from last year’s $321,774,400 with 2,141 horses sold. The average of $95,165 was down 36.7% from $150,292 in 2007, and the median, $43,000, was down 33.8% from $65,000.