Chameleon. (Keeneland Photo)
Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale
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Keeneland Sale Press Release
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Chameleon, a 4-year-old daughter of Candy Ride (ARG) in foal to Practical Joke, sold to Stoneway Farm for $425,000to record the highest price of Saturday’s fourth session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
Mt. Brilliant Farm, agent, consigned Chameleon, who is from the family of Grade/Group 1 winners Dunbar Road, Maria Candela (CHI), Miss Brio (CHI) and Secret Status. She is out of stakes winner Secret Someone, by A.P. Indy.
Stoneway Farm was the day’s leading buyer, purchasing two horses for a total of $520,000.
On Saturday, Keeneland sold 243 horses through the ring for $15,012,500, for an average of $61,780 and a median of $50,000. The total declined 28.47% from $20,988,500 from the fourth session of the 2022 sale when 248 horses sold. The average was 27% lower than the $84,631 last year, while the median decreased 23.08% from $65,000.
Through four sessions, 807 horses have sold through the ring for $138,872,500, which was 15.22 lower than $163,795,500 for 795 horses last year. The average declined 16.48% from $206,032 to $172,085, and the median of $100,000 was 23.08% below $130,000.
Opening Act, a 3-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper who is half-sister to Grade 1 winner Bast and is carrying a member of the first crop of two-time Breeders’ Cup winner Golden Pal, sold to Nice Guy Stables for $290,000. Consigned by Legacy Bloodstock agent, Opening Act is out of the Arch mare Laffini and from the family of Grade 1 winners Fault and Juju’s Map. On Oct. 6 at Keeneland, her 2-year-old half-sister, Royal Slipper, won her career debut by 4¾ lengths.
Dixiana Farms went to $235,000 to acquire stakes winner and Grade 2-placed Diamond Wow from the consignment of Grovendale Sales, agent. The 4-year-old filly is by Lookin At Lucky out of the stakes-winning Hat Trick (JPN) mare Patriotic Diamond, a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Diamond Oops. She was offered as a broodmare prospect.
Legacy Bloodstock, agent, also consigned Saturday’s top-priced weanling, a colt from the first crop of Grade 1 winner Yaupon purchased by Brownsboro Racing for $220,000. Out of stakes winner Cartwheelin Lulu, by Bustin Stones, he is from the family of Grade 1 winner Maracuja and Grade 2 winners Appealing Tale and Rockport Harbor.
Pearl Glory (IRE), a 4-year-old winning, stakes-placed daughter of Cotai Glory (GB) in foal to War of Will, sold for $210,000 to Sugarloaf Ltd. Consigned by Bluewater Sales, she is out of the Dalakhani mare Oatmeal and from the family of Group 1 winners Pure Grain and Fine Grain.
Another weanling colt by Yaupon sold to Cavalier B/S for $205,000. Consigned by Grovendale Sales, agent, he is the first foal out of the Quality Road mare Sunday Driver and from the family of Grade 2 winner and millionaire Skippylongstocking, who was third a week ago in the Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1).
Lane’s End was the day’s leading consignor, selling 31 horses for $1,487,000.
Breeders’ Cup Participant Three Witches Commands $1.7 Million
Three Witches, who six days ago finished third in the $1 million PNC Bank Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita, sold today for $1.7 million to Rifa Mustang Europe to lead the third session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. The purchase of the 4-year-old daughter of Into Mischief, who was consigned by Indian Creek, agent, increased the number of seven-figure purchases at the auction to 12.
On Friday, Keeneland sold 231 horses for $35,092,000, a 13.89% decline from the third session of the 2022 sale when 214 horses grossed $40,754,000. The average of $151,913 was 20.23% lower than last year’s $190,439. The median decreased 31.25% from $160,000 to $110,000.
Through three sessions, 564 horses have sold for $123,860,000, which was 13.27% lower than the corresponding period of 2022 when the gross was $142,807,000 for 547 horses. The average of $219,610 was 15.88% below $261,073 from 2022, and the median of $150,000 was 14.29% lower than $175,000. The first three sessions of last year’s auction produced 12 seven-figure horses in addition to the $4.6 million sale of a fractional interest in eventual Horse of the Year Flightline.
“Today was a solid day of trade,” Keeneland Vice President of Sales Tony Lacy said. “From start to finish, the market felt a little more consistent and healthy today, and the clearance rate was better. Everybody felt very pragmatic about it, and people were not disappointed. A lot of people had a very good day.
“When we saw Three Witches go through the ring for $1.7 million, going to a client that is pretty established internationally, that’s really encouraging,” Lacy added. “We’re seeing that international investment is still here. The money is still here for the right horses. That’s the consistent theme that we’ve seen so far. Justify had a huge day and some of the pinhookers are getting very active. Overall, we’re very pleased.”
Rifa Mustang Europe purchased Three Witches, who won the Oct. 7 Princess Rooney Invitational (G3) at Gulfstream Park., via internet bidding. Out of the Tale of the Cat mare Layreebelle, she is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Spellbound and Grade 3 winner Kid Cruz and from the family of Grade 2 winner Soothsay and 2023 Woodward (G2) runner-up Film Star.
“She was bought on behalf of a significant investment based in Australia and Europe,” said Barry Bowditch, Managing Director of Australia’s Magic Millions and Keeneland’s Australasian representative, who spoke on behalf of the buyer. “She’ll stay here in America, and we’ll try again on the race track, which is exciting. For a mare that raced (six) days ago in one of the strongest Breeders’ Cup races of the weekend, she looked so well and handled (the trip from California to Kentucky) so well. You just feel that the best of her racing is yet to come. It will be great to have a new investor racing horses here in America. We’re discussing who (will) train her at the moment.”
“I thought (the sale of Three Witches) was pretty fantastic,” said Sarah Sutherland of consignor Indian Creek. “Obviously, the filly was well received, and we knew she was a standout both physically and with her race record and pedigree. Any time you get over a million dollars, it’s pretty special. It exceeded our expectations, and we’re just thrilled.”
With the purchase of two horses for $1.9 million, Rifa Mustang Europe was the session’s leading buyer.
CSWV acquired the day’s top-selling weanling when it paid $525,000 for a daughter of Justify out of the winning Algorithms mare Ada Lovelace. Ada Lovelace is out of 2021 Broodmare of the Year Indian Miss and a half-sister to champion Mitole and Grade 1 winner Hot Rod Charlie. The filly was consigned by ELiTE, agent.
“We’ve been trying to buy really nice horses like that from the beginning of the sale,” buyer Paul Sharp said. “That was a legit family, and (she is a) very athletic, really nice filly from one of the best sires in the world at this time. We’re very happy to have her.”
Wish It, a 3-year-old winning daughter of Tapit in foal to Street Sense, sold to Barry and Judith Becker and Jeffrey Mischka for $500,000. Gainesway, agent, consigned the mare, who is out of Grade 3 winner Graeme Six, by Graeme Hall. Wish It is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Cali Star and a full sister to Grade 3 winner Delightful Joy, dam of Grade 2 winner Window Shopping.
The next three most expensive horses were consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, the session’s leading consignor with sales of $5.88 million for 33 horses.
Siena Farm paid $440,000 for Medaglia Mo, a 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro in foal to Not This Time. She is out of Grade 2 winner Mokat, by Uncle Mo, and from the family of Grade 2 winners Smok’n Frolic and Frolic’s Dream.
Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds/David Wade, agent, spent $435,000 for Belle of Paree, a 3-year-old daughter of City of Light in foal to Early Voting with a member of the first crop of foals by the Preakness (G1) winner. Out of the stakes-winning Graeme Hall mare Belle of the Hall, she is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Share the Ride and from the family of Grade 1 winner Blushing K. D. and Canadian champion Ambitious Cat.
CHC Inc. spent $430,000 for Rose All Day, a 4-year-old daughter of More Than Readycarrying a member of the first crop of Grade 1 winner Life Is Good. Out of multiple Grade 1 winner Ask the Moon, by Malibu Moon, she is a half-sister to stakes winner Belgrano and from the family of First World War, who captured his career debut at Kentucky Downs in September and was second yesterday in a Churchill Downs allowance race.
A weanling colt by Justify sold to Randy Hartley and Dean De Renzo’s AAA Thoroughbreds for $425,000. Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale at Xalapa, agent, he is the first foal out of the Curlin mare Saralin and from the family of Grade 1 winner Salutos Amigos.
“He’s just a beautiful horse; we’re just such big fans of Justify,” Hartley said. “When Scat Daddy (sire of Justify) passed away, we never dreamed that we would have another stallion that would replace him – let alone a Triple Crown-winning son of his. So, we came here in September and tried to buy every (yearling by Justify) that we could get our hands on. We bought (four). I came here with the same goal in mind. And the Breeders’ Cup weekend (when Justify sired two winners of World Championships races) just did it for us. He’s like a stallion that we haven’t seen in a long time.”
Cancel This Headlines for $825,000 As Racing or Broodmare Prospect
Cancel This, a 4-year-old winning daughter of Malibu Moon from the family of Grade 1 winner and sire Girvin and 2023 Grade 1 winner Brightwork, sold to Larkin Armstrong, agent for Helen Alexander, for $825,000 to highlight the second session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
On Thursday, 213 horses sold through the ring for $34,428,000, which dipped slightly from the corresponding session in 2022 when 197 horses grossed $35,073,000. The average of $161,634 declined 9.21% from $178,036, while the median of $120,000 was 14.29% below $140,000.
Through the first two sessions of the November Sale, Keeneland has sold 333 horses through the ring for $88,768,000, for an average of $266,571 and a median of $180,000. The gross declined 13.02% from the same period last year, when an equal number of horses brought $102,053,000. The average declined 13.02% from last year’s $306,465, and the median was 5.26% below $190,000.
“It’s been a realistic and selective market today,” Keeneland Vice President of Sales Tony Lacy said. “People were a little selective and specific about what they wanted to invest in. The foal market was very active. Five of today’s top prices were paid for weanlings. Mares that were young and well covered were very popular. Mares that were older and maybe a little more exposed were a bit of a tougher sell. So, there was a bit of softening, but that was to be expected in certain areas.”
“The market’s been really strong and kind of on a bull run for some years,” Keeneland Director of Sales Operations Cormac Breathnach said. “We had a great September Sale and yearling market this year, and that’s reflected in strong foal sales. What we’re seeing – we haven’t had a lot of time to digest it – but possibly some more realism in mare evaluations. But we still feel that we have a lot more to come. We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback about what’s in tomorrow’s session. It’s the way the world is it’s still a good sale.”
Cancel This, who is out of stakes winner Catch My Fancy, by Yes It’s True, was consigned by Four Star Sales, agent, and cataloged as a racing or broodmare prospect.
Armstrong said Alexander wanted to purchase young mares for her breeding program.
“It was one of the pages we loved the most in the whole sale,” Armstrong said about Cancel This. “We have been waiting for her. We loved her, and we thought it was amazing that two of her full sisters (Catch the Moon, dam of Girvin and Grade 1-placed Midnight Bourbon, and Clarendon Fancy, dam of Brightwork) are Grade 1 producers. We were impressed with her all around. We stretched to get her, but we’re really excited to get her.”
Three of the five highest-priced horses were broodmares carrying members of the first crop of 2022 Horse of the Year Flightline.
The first was stakes winner Exotic West, a 5-year-old daughter of Hard Spun who sold to Gage Hill and Runnels Racing for $650,000. Grovendale Sales, agent, consigned the mare, who is out of Miss Personality, by Broken Vow, and from the family of Grade/Group 1 winner Ron the Greek and Grade 2 winner Musket Man.
Gage Hill’s Terry Finley, whose West Point Thoroughbreds co-owned Flightline, was thrilled to acquire a mare in foal to the stallion.
“Our outlook is that we can’t get enough of him,” Finley said. “We’re really happy with the first book of mares that he had, and the second (book) is shaping up really, really well already. If you can’t get excited about owning a piece of Flightline and having the shot to have his babies and the expectation for a couple years from now when they hit the track, then you probably don’t need to be in the game.”
Spending $1,525,000 on three horses, Gage Hill and Runnels Racing led buyers during the session.
Thirty Year Farm paid $625,000 for Grade 3 winner Lady Scarlet, a 4-year-old daughter of Union Rags also in foal to Flightline. Consigned by Lane’s End, agent, she is out of the winning Include mare Exclude (GB) and from the family of Canadian Horse of the Year L’Enjoleur, Canadian champions La Voyageuse and Medaille d’Or and Grade/Group 2 winners Exhi and Alignment.
“We loved her. She was our first pick,” Kristen Esler of Thirty Year said. “She was in my heart from the moment I saw her. She’s beautiful, and she’s everything we looked for in conformation. She was an A+. She carried herself really well. I like to look them in the eye and spend some time. She is one that we wanted to bring to our farm.”
Lane’s End was the session’s leading consignor with sales of $5,127,000 for 26 horses.
Lane’s End also sold another broodmare in foal to Flightline. She was stakes winner and Grade 1 runner-up Esplanade, a 5-year-old daughter of Daredevil who brought $650,000 from Rifa Mustang Europe. Out of the Dixie Union mare Southern Silence, Esplanade is a half-sister to stakes winner Liberate.
Empire Gal, a 4-year-old winning daughter of Empire Maker carrying a member of the first crop of Life Is Good, sold to Becky Thomas, agent for Chester and Mary Broman, for $535,000. Frankfort Park Farm, agent, consigned the mare, who is out of Double Tapped, by Tapit, and from the family of champion Untapable and Grade 1 winner Paddy O’Prado.
At $525,000, the session’s top-priced weanling was a son of Constitution sold to Cherry Knoll Farm. Out of the winning Munnings mare Gone to Town, the colt is from the family of English champion Negligent (IRE), Grade 2 winner Selflessly and Grade 3 winner River Seven. He was consigned by Nursery Place, agent.
“We try to bring a handful of weanlings every year to Keeneland – a very select few,” said Griffin Mayer of Nursery Place. “They have to be really, really nice with pedigrees and by the right sires. He checked all the boxes and honestly, he’s probably one of the better colts that we’ve raised in the last 10 years. He’s very special. He’s a homebred for my dad (John) and one of his partners, John Dicken of Dicken Equine.
“We sell 25 yearlings or so every year at Keeneland,” he added, “but there are always three or four that are so nice as babies and you think, ‘Why do we hold onto them?’ We’ve had a lot of success here at Keeneland November selling babies because it’s a great market.”
Purchases by Randy Hartley and Dean De Renzo’s AAA Thoroughbreds were led by a colt by Uncle Mo for $510,000. Consigned by Stone Farm, agent, he is the first foal out of the Curlin mare American Caviar and from the family of Broodmare of the Year Better Than Honour.
“If you find a good baby now, you’ve got to step up and pay,” Hartley said. “It’s up to us to come buy the babies and to get the best ones. We’re super big Uncle Mo fans. (He is out of) a Curlin mare – just the whole family thing we were just shooting for. I got a big order of babies to buy. So, it’s hard because I’ve got to stretch a little bit in order to get them.”
The November Sale continues Sunday and runs through Thursday, Nov. 16, with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. ET.
On Friday, Nov. 17, Keeneland will present the November Horses of Racing Age Sale. The auction starts at noon. Click here for the November Horses of Racing Age Sale online catalog.
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