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Keeneland wraps 10-day November Breeding Stock Sale; signs indicate stable thoroughbred market

Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale ended Wednesday following 10 days of competitive trade for quality broodmares, broodmare and stallion prospects, weanlings and horses of racing age, including nine horses sold for $1 million or more, while recording strong participation from many prominent domestic and foreign horsemen who make up the sale company’s deep buying bench. “Keeneland ends this...

Keeneland catalogs 3,777 horses for November Breeding Stock Sale; online, phone bidding available

Keeneland has cataloged 3,777 horses for the 2020 November Breeding Stock Sale, which opens Nov. 9, two days after Keeneland hosts the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for the second time. Buyers will be able to participate in the auction remotely through online and telephone bidding options successfully introduced at the September Yearling Sale, while the new bidding location at the Show Barn next...

Keeneland, TCA launch joint initiative to assist thoroughbred industry backstretch, farm workers

Keeneland and Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) today announced an initiative to provide September Yearling and November Breeding Stock Sales buyers the opportunity to make a voluntary contribution to TCA to assist our industry’s backstretch and farm workers, many of whom have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The voluntary donation will be included in the buyers invoice and equate to...

Keeneland reports brisk commerce in 2019 Breeding Stock Sale: 2,667 horses sold for $200,139,400

Keeneland’s 2019 November Breeding Stock Sale concluded Sunday after 12 days of competitive trade fueled by a deep domestic and foreign buying bench. Kicking off the sale was the premier Book 1 catalog of stakes-producing mares, stakes-winning fillies and exceptional weanlings, which delivered 14 seven-figure horses led by the sale of champion Take Charge Brandi, in foal to 2018 Triple Crown winner...

Weanling filly by Curlin brings $775,000 to top Friday’s session of the Keeneland November sale

Larry Best’s OXO Equine paid $775,000 for a weanling filly by Curlin, a half-sister to Grade 3 winner The Tabulator consigned by Indian Creek, agent, to lead another active day of trade on Friday at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale. The filly’s price is the highest paid for a weanling sold this year at public auction in North America. Today at Keeneland, 232 horses grossed $31,527,500,...

Keeneland announces format changes to September Yearling, November Breeding Stock Sales

Keeneland announced Thursday significant sales-related developments: a change to the Week 1 format of its 2018 September Yearling Sale, the creation of a boutique one-day Book 1 session to kick off the 2018 November Breeding Stock Sale and the return of its April Sale in 2019. These adjustments were made with input from participating consignors and buyers and reflect market trends, Keeneland officials...

Keeneland Catalogues more than 4100 horses for 2017 November Breeding Stock Sale

Keeneland November Sales 2016 Keeneland has cataloged 4,147 horses for its 2017 November Breeding Stock Sale, the world’s largest sale of its kind, to be held Nov. 7-18. Headlining the catalog are champion Stellar Wind and multiple Grade 1 stakes winner Lady Eli, both entered in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday and Saturday at Del Mar; while other offerings include the first weanlings...

Brisk trade continues at November Breeding Stock Sale as last year’s total surpassed early

Brisk trade continued at Keeneland on Tuesday when gross sales of $212,021,900 through nine sessions of the 12-day November Breeding Stock Sale exceeded total sales of $205,899,500 posted during last year’s entire 11-day auction. Gains on Tuesday were driven by the strong sale of racing or stallion prospects, led by Dennis O’Neill’s purchase of stakes winner Donworth for $550,000. On Tuesday,...

Janis’s Joy headlines latest session of Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale

Janis’s Joy, a 6-year-old winning, stakes-placed daughter of Broken Vow in foal to Atreides, became the highest-priced purchase during Monday’s eighth session of the 12-day Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale when she sold to Solis/Litt for $170,000. Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, consigned the mare, who is out of the stakes-winning Forestry mare Ever Elusive. Cumulatively, Keeneland...

Emerald Gal brings $320,000 to highlight fifth session of Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale

Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet paid $320,000 for the broodmare Emerald Gal, dam of recent Grade 2 winner Sarah Sis, and spent $260,000 for a weanling colt by Curlin to secure the two top-priced horses of Friday’s fifth session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. Through the first five days of the 12-day sale, Keeneland has sold 968 horses for $178,778,000, up 7.41 percent from the corresponding...

Fourth session of Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale shows increase in prices

Don’tforgetaboutme, a 3-year-old winning half-sister to recent juvenile stakes winner Mo Tom, sold for $675,000 to Claiborne Farm Bloodstock, agent, to top Thursday’s fourth session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, which was marked by increases in average and median prices. During the session, the second of two days that make up Book 2 of the sale, Keeneland sold 224 horses for a...

Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale remains bullish as Tapit daughter brings $1.15 million

The bullish market continued on the third day of Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale, with the session registering robust gains on Wednesday and featuring the sale of Royal Obsession, a 2-year-old daughter of Tapit in training for her racing debut, for $1.15 million to Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Stables. Royal Obsession became the first seven-figure horse to be sold during the third session...

Spotlight remains trained on Keeneland as November Breeding Stock Sale opens

Thoroughbred breeders from around the world will be in Lexington when Keeneland’s 72nd November Breeding Stock Sale begins Monday, Nov. 2. Globally recognized as the premier auction of its kind, the sale immediately follows the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, being held for the first time at Keeneland on Oct. 30-31. A total of 4,476 horses have been cataloged to the sale: 2,610 broodmares and...

Weanling colt by Trappe Shot goes to Baccari Bloodstock for $200,000; sales up six percent

A weanling colt by Trappe Shot sold to Baccari Bloodstock for $200,000 and a weanling colt by Hard Spun purchased by McMahon & Hill Bloodstock LLC, agent, for $195,000 highlighted a day of brisk trading during Sunday’s sixth session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.   Across-the-board gains for the session, the second of two sessions in Book 3, included gross sales of $13,986,500...

Mare by Unbridled Song headlines fourth session of Keeneland Breeding Stock Sale

Sheikh’s Serenade, a winning mare by Unbridled’s Song out of 1995 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) winner Desert Stormer, sold for $550,000 to lead the fourth Keeneland Breeding Sale session (Keeneland Photo)   Sheikh’s Serenade, a winning mare by Unbridled’s Song out of 1995 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) winner Desert Stormer, was sold to Japan’s Shimokobe Farm/Heatherway Inc., agent, for...