Taking Aim. (Keeneland Photo)
$270,000 Broodmare Taking Aim Tops Steady Trade on Sunday
Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale
Keeneland Sales Press Release
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Act Now, whose 2-year-old colt, Coach Prime, captured a maiden special weight race at Del Mar by 7¼ lengths three days ago, sold to Avenue Bloodstock for $610,000 to be the most expensive purchase of Monday’ssixth session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
Consigned by Nardelli Sales, agent, the 8-year-old Act Now is a daughter of Street Sensewho is in foal to City of Light. She also is the dam of multiple stakes-placed Dr Oseran. Out of the Bernardini mare Always Trouble, Act Now is from the family of Grade 1 winners Minardi and Joking and Grade 2 winners Tale of the Cat, Fed Biz and Red Carpet Ready.
Coach Prime, by Quality Road, sold for $1.7 million at Keeneland’s 2022 September Yearling Sale.
With the purchase of Act Now, Avenue Bloodstock was the session’s leading buyer.
On Monday, Keeneland sold 285 horses through the ring for $9,044,100, which dipped 5.76% from the sixth session last year when 246 horses brought $9,596,900. The average decreased 18.66% from $39,012 to $31,734, and the median of $23,000 is 23.33% lower than $30,000 last year.
Through six sessions of the nine-day auction, a total of 1,343 horses have sold through the ring for $163,792,100, for an average of $121,960 and a median of $65,000. The gross decreased 14.71% from $192,033,900 through the corresponding period last year, while the average is 18.26% below $149,210 in 2022 and the median is 15.58% lower than $77,000.
NAJD Stud acquired the session’s highest-priced weanling by spending $155,000 for a colt by Vino Rosso consigned by Greenfield Farms, agent. Out of the winning Distorted Humor mare Celia’s Song, he is from the family of Grade 2 winners Warbling and Mrs McDougal.
Dreams of You, a 3-year-old daughter of More Than Ready in foal to Maxfield, sold to Titletown Racing Stables for $130,000. Consigned by Godolphin, she is out of the winning Bernardini mare Dreamup and is from the family of Eclipse Award winners Folklore and Essential Quality and Japanese champion Contrail.
BT Stables paid $120,000 for Corey and Quinn, a 3-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo out of Canadian champion Youcan’tcatchme, by The Daddy. Consigned by Highgate Sales, agent, and cataloged as a racing or broodmare prospect, she is from the family of multiple Grade 1 winner Princess of Sylmar.
A weanling filly by Midshipman soldto Clay Scherer, agent, for $110,000. Consigned by Legacy Bloodstock, agent for Hermitage Farm Foaled & Raised, she is the first foal out of Heartful, by Bandbox, and from the family of Grade 3 winners Majestic Reason and Hattiesburg.
Taylor Made Sales Agency was Monday’s leading consignor with sales of $987,500 for 33 horses.
$270,000 Broodmare Taking Aim Tops Steady Trade on Sunday
Taking Aim, dam of 2023 Saranac (G3) runner-up Taking Candy and in foal to champion Jackie’s Warrior, sold to Dixiana Farms for $270,000 to highlight a solid day of trade during Sunday’s fifthsession of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
An 8-year-old mare by Trappe Shot out of Winning Call, by Deputy Minister, Taking Aim is a half-sister to Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner and sire Tapizar. She was consigned by KatieRich Farms.
Rock Ridge Thoroughbreds paid the day’s second-highest price of $250,000 for Charmingly, a 3-year-old daughter of Curlin in foal to Maclean’s Music. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for STH LLC, Charmingly is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Complexity and a full sister to Grade 3 winner Valadorna. Her dam is the Yes It’s True mare Goldfield.
On Sunday, Keeneland sold 251 horses through the ring for $15,875,500, which decreased 14.84% from $18,641,500 for 246 horses sold last year. The average of $63,249 was 16.53% lower than $75,778 last year, and the median of $50,000 declined 16.67% from $60,000.
Through five sessions of the nine-day November Breeding Stock Sale, 1,058 horses sold through the ring have grossed $154,748,000. The total is 15.18% below the same period in 2022 when Keeneland sold 1,041 horses for $182,437,000. The average of $146,265 is 16.54% lower than last year’s $175,252, and the median decreased 20% from $100,000 to $80,000.
Two horses sold today for $240,000 apiece.
Sheamus Mills Bloodstock purchased the first, Fire Island, a 5-year-old daughter of More Than Ready offered in foal to Palace Malice, from ELiTE, agent. Out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Enchanted Rock, Fire Island is a full sister to multiple Grade 1 winner and sire Verrazano and a half-sister to Grade 2 winner El Padrino.
Also bringing $240,000 to be the session’s top-priced weanling was a colt from the first crop of multiple Grade 1 winner Maxfield sold to Avocet Bloodstock. Indian Creek, agent, consigned the colt, who is out of the winning Speightstown mare In It for the Gold and from the family of stakes winner and Grade 1-placed All Due Respect.
ELiTE, agent, also consigned a weanling colt by Not This Time purchased by Boots Bloodstock for $230,000. Out of the winning Smart Strike mare Striking Impact, he is from the family of Grade 1 winner Competitionofideas and Grade 3 winner Devil by Design.
WinStar Farm paid $220,000 for the broodmare prospect Nalani, a 3-year-old daughter of Quality Road. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for Juddmonte, she is out of the Distorted Humor mare Color Me Flying and a half-sister to multiple graded stakes-placed Colorful Mischief.
Dixiana Farms was the session’s leading buyer, spending $420,000 for two horses.
Taylor Made Sales Agency led consignors with sales of $2,104,500 for 34 horses.
The November Breeding Stock Sale resumes Tuesday and runs through Thursday, with every session beginning at 10 a.m. ET.
On Friday, Keeneland will present the November Horses of Racing Age Sale. The auction starts at noon. Click here for the online catalog.
All Keeneland sales are streamed live on Keeneland.com.