Atrea Tops Session Five at Keeneland Sale

Atrea Tops Session Five at Keeneland Sale
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The sale-topper Nov. 10 at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale was Atrea, a 5-year-old daughter of Storm Cat who brought $435,000. Glen Hill Farm bought the mare, who was consigned by Lanes’ End as agent.

Atrea is out of the Capote mare New Dice, who produced the Japanese group-placed stakes winner Molto Grande. The sale topper’s second dam is the stakes winner Get Lucky, who produced grade I winner Girolamo  , grade II winner Daydreaming, grade III winner Accelerator, and Supercharger, the dam of 2010 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Super Saver  . Altrea is believed to be in foal to Flatter  .

Sekmet, a full sister to Juddmonte Spinster Stakes winner In Lingerie, brought the day’s second-highest price, selling for $310,000 to Benjamin Leon Jr.’s Besilu Stables. She was consigned by Winter Quarter Farm, as agent. Sekmet is believed to be pregnant to City Zip  .

The day’s top-selling weanling was a bay colt by Candy Ride  —Magical Theater (by Smart Strike  ) that sold to Maverick Racing for $220,000. Lane’s End consigned the colt as agent.

The median price for Nov. 10 session was $35,000, up 9.38% from the comparable median of $32,000 in 2011. The average price slid 10.4% to $42,576 from $47,507 a year ago. The session sold 270 horses for a total of $11,495,600, which was 11.7% lower than the gross for this session of 2011 when 274 horses were sold.

To date, a total of 937 horses have been sold for $113,846,600 for an average of $121,501 and a median of $60,000. During the comparable period in 2011, 1,073 horses were sold for $180,311,200, for an average of $168,044 and a median of $77,000.

Cumulative totals for the five-day period last year include two premier dispersals—the record dispersal of the estate of Edward P. Evans’ Spring Hill Farm, which sold 149 horses for $54,506,000, and the dispersal of Saud bin Khaled’s Palides Investments, Inc., which sold 20 horses sold for $16,813,000.

When dispersals are excluded from the 2011 cumulative numbers, the totals are 937 horses sold for $113,846,600 this year compared to 904 horses sold for $108,992,200 last year, for an increase of 4.5% in the gross. The average price, without the dispersals, is $121,501, which is up 0.78% from $120,567, while the median of $60,000 is down 14.3% from $70,000 in 2011.

The November Sale continues through Nov. 16. Sessions begin daily at 10 a.m. EST. The entire sale is streamed live at Keeneland.com.

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