Champion and five-time Grade 1 winner Woman Eli and Grade 2 winner My Miss Sophia, each in foal to main sire Warfare Entrance, have been amongst eight horses to convey $1 million or extra throughout a strong day of commerce to open Keeneland’s 2018 November Breeding Inventory Sale.
Monday’s session featured an unique E-book 1 with graded stakes-winning fillies and mares and distinctive weanlings cataloged. Keeneland bought 120 horses for $56,429,000 for a mean of $470,242 and a median of $350,000. There are not any comparable figures from Ebook 1 of the 2017 November Sale, which coated the public sale’s first two periods.
“It was a day of good, solid trade,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Gross sales Bob Elliston stated. “We modified the format of Book 1 from last year and sold 25 more horses today than we did last year when we had a two-day Book 1. The weanling market was very strong, so we are pleased with how the sale is getting started. There is continued strength in the domestic market for high-quality offerings. The Yoshida family from Japan participated in a big way and we appreciate much how they support us.”
Katsumi Yoshida was the day’s main purchaser, buying 4 horses for $Four,475,000. His brother Teruya, within the identify of his Shadai Farm, was the session’s fifth-leading purchaser, spending $2 million for two horses.
“Across the board there was real strength that will provide momentum for the sale moving forward,” Elliston stated. “There is tremendous quality in Book 2 and Book 3 with exceptional updates that have occurred in late summer and early fall. A lot of folks are looking to fill their orders, so there is going to be strong demand for quality offerings.”
John Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale each consigned and bought Woman Eli, a 6-year-old daughter of Divine Park considered one of many all-time main turf distaffers in North America. Woman Eli has resided at Hill ‘n’ Dale since her final begin, the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) at Del Mar for proprietor Sheep Pond Companions.
“We’re thrilled to add her to our broodmare band,” Sikura stated. “We maintain making an attempt so as to add elite-quality mares and sustain the competitors and look to the longer term. She is a mare that’s actually every little thing one might ask for. It’s some huge cash for a horse, however she was a particularly good worth.
“She’s indomitable,” Sikura added. “She knows she’s special and commands your respect. We want to keep accumulating elite mares so we can sell elite commercial yearlings. This is a good place to start when you buy champions.”
Hill ‘n’ Dale ranked because the day’s main consignor, promoting 10 horses for $eight,980,000, together with three of the day’s top-priced horses.
Amongst these watching Woman Eli promote was coach Chad Brown, for whom she recovered from a bout of laminitis throughout her profession to proceed racing at the very best ranges, compiling a report of 10 wins and three seconds in 14 begins for earnings of $2,959,800.
“I was so pleased when I went to see her this morning and to see how magnificent they have her looking, to see the care and affection the staff has for her,” Brown stated. “For her to return to the farm that has been taking good care of her this manner is a large aid for me personally. A bonus is that I can come see her when I’m in Kentucky, and I come to Kentucky lots.
“I can see she has mellowed out,” Brown continued. “It puts me at rest and it is a conclusion to a great story. I will be looking for her offspring. That is another bonus that a commercial breeder bought her and I will be able to buy her offspring.”
Steven W. Younger, agent, paid $Four million for Grade 2 winner My Miss Sophia from the consignment of Lane’s Finish, agent. By Unbridled’s Track, the 7-year-old daughter of Unbridled’s Music is a half-sister to Florida Derby (G1) Materiality.
“She is a great mare,” Younger stated. “I was around her for most of her career. She was good for (trainer) Todd (Pletcher); she was good for (trainer) Bill Mott. We thought she was the best horse selling in November. She wasn’t cheap, but that’s about what I thought she’d bring.”
Katsumi Yoshida spent $2.2 million for Tiffany’s Honour, a 7-year-old mare out of 2007 Kentucky Broodmare of the Yr Higher Than Honour and a half-sister to champion and Belmont (G1) winner Rags to Riches and Belmont winner Jazil. Consigned by Lane’s Finish, agent, she was bought in foal to Medaglia d’Oro.
“It has been a great day for us,” stated Allaire Ryan, Gross sales Director for Lane’s Finish. “There is plenty of depth for the mares at the top. We are glad we are being rewarded. This mare is particularly attractive because she is young and has a deep female family. She has a fantastic Tapit colt back at the farm, and her War Front colt sold for $1.1 million here in September.”
Key To My Coronary heart (IRE), a Four-year-old daughter of Galileo (IRE) in foal to Struggle Entrance, bought to Summer time Wind Equine for $1.75 million. Eaton Gross sales, agent, consigned the mare, whose dam is the Grade 1-winning Bernardini mare A Z Warrior, a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Jojo Warrior, Grade Three winner E Z Warrior and stakes winner J Z Warrior.
“I’m expanding a little bit into some European bloodlines,” Summer time Wind’s Jane Lyon stated. “I was excited about the family and (her) being in foal to War Front for her first foal. We’re excited to have her. If (the foal she is carrying is) a girl, she might have to stay home (instead of being sold).”
Claiborne Farm, agent, paid $1.5 million for Stays in Vegas, a Grade Three-winning daughter of Metropolis Zip in foal to Conflict Entrance. Out of Double Jackpot, by Damaged Vow, the 5-year-old mare is from the household of champion Heavenly Prize. She was consigned by James B. Keogh (Grovendale), agent.
Teruya Yoshida’s Shadai Farm of Japan paid $1.25 million for Grade 1 winner Zipessa, in foal to Medaglia d’Oro. St. George Gross sales, agent, consigned the 6-year-old Metropolis Zip mare who’s out of Valuable Princess, by Horse Chestnut (SAF).
“The market is strong across the board,” stated Archie St. George. “Very competitive in this book.”
City & Nation Horse Farms went to $1.125 million to accumulate Group Three winner Fairly Good (IRE), a 5-year-old daughter of Galileo in foal to Struggle Entrance consigned by Eaton Gross sales, agent. Out of the profitable Danehill mare Milanova, Fairly Good is from the household of French highweight and Group 1 winner Holy Roman Emperor.
“(Town & Country owner) Mrs. (Kiki) Courtelis really wanted a Galileo mare,” City & Nation President Shannon Potter stated. “She really likes that bloodline of Danehill, and we need to get some more stamina in our broodmare band. Our goal for the November Sale was to try to add to the top in quality. (Pretty Perfect) was exactly what we were looking for. She could run. (She was a) graded stakes horse in foal to War Front and we love War Front. The fact she was in foal to him played into the price – we stretched.”
Galileo’s Music (IRE), a 5-year-old graded stakes-placed daughter of Galileo in foal to Curlin, bought to Japan’s Shimokobe Farm/Polo Inexperienced Secure, agent, for $1 million.
Hill ‘n’ Dale Gross sales Company, agent, consigned Galileo’s Track, who’s out of the Storm Cat mare Track to Keep in mind and a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Magnificent Music.
“Galileo is very successful in Japan, so why not?,” Yukio Shimokobe stated concerning the buy. “(Covering sire) Curlin is a proven stallion so everything in the catalog is perfect on this horse. I saw her for the very first time this morning. We will bring her back to Japan and breed her to a good stallion like Deep Impact.”
Fillies by Tapit have been the day’s top-priced weanlings.
Eaton Gross sales, agent, bought a Tapit weanling filly who’s the primary foal of champion La Verdad, by Sure It’s True, to Whisper Hill Farm and Three Chimneys Farm for $800,000. She was among the many six horses supplemented to Guide 1.
“She is very correct and a good average size,” Mandy Pope of Whisper Hill stated. “I’ve watched La Verdad run in New York – against me sometimes – and I’ve always admired her. So very thankful to be able to get her (filly). We bought her to race.”
At $750,000, the session’s second high-selling weanling is a daughter of Tapit who’s a half-sister to champion Arrogate, winner of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Basic (G1) and 2017 Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) and Dubai World Cup (G1) who earned a North American report $17,422,600. Clearsky Farms, who bred the filly with Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings, bought her from Hill ‘n’ Dale Gross sales Company, agent, with Rac 04 Racing.
The filly is out of the stakes-winning Distorted Humor mare Bubbler.
“We are not sure (if we will keep her or resell her),” Clearsky’s Bernard Cleary stated. “We’ll make that decision at a later time. I’m not that surprised (by the price we paid for her) because at the end of the day she’s a half-sister to one of the better horses we’ve seen in recent times and even as a broodmare she’s got some residual value. (Bubbler) gives her foals a lot of balance and they’ve got good minds as well. We’ve been really happy with pretty much everything she’s produced so far.”
Clearsky bred Arrogate, who bought to Juddmonte Farms for $560,000 at Keeneland’s 2014 September Yearling Sale.
A number of stakes winner Marquee Miss, a half-sister to 2018 Grade 1 winner Guarantees Fulfilled, bought to WinStar Farm for $750,000 and led a robust day of commerce on Tuesday at the Keeneland November Breeding Inventory Sale.
On Tuesday, the primary day of the two-session Guide 2, Keeneland bought 223 horses for $34,942,000 for a mean of $156,691 and a median of $125,000. There are not any comparable figures from final yr.
“The bidding today was very strong and consistent,” Keeneland Director of Gross sales Operations Geoffrey Russell stated. “There was good home involvement at the highest finish, and we nonetheless had a good quantity of worldwide consumers, particularly from Japan and Australia. The foals bought very properly, particularly contemplating we had lots of end-users ending up with the highest costs. It was good to see Marquee Miss, a very good race mare, promote. She’s a ravishing mare, and going to WinStar she must be very properly taken care of and bred to the perfect stallions on the earth.
“Bidding on foals was very competitive and at times quite aggressive,” Russell added. “The weanling market has been very strong the past couple of years. Our breeders are pretty savvy. They know they have to bring a good quality foal. The ones that are here, as they say, ‘tick all the boxes.’ That gives buyers confidence.”
Via the primary two days of the November Sale, 343 horses have bought for $91,371,000 for a mean of $266,388 and a median of $180,000.
Lane’s Finish, agent, consigned Marquee Miss, a 5-year-old daughter of Cowboy Cal out of the graded stakes-placed Marquetry mare Marquee Supply. WinStar President, CEO and Racing Supervisor Elliott Walden stated Marquee Miss, cataloged as a racing or broodmare prospect, can be retired from racing however breeding plans have been undetermined.
“She’s a beautiful mare, and we love Promises Fulfilled,” Walden stated, referring to the Shackleford colt who gained Keeneland’s Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) in October. “We have a lot of respect for him. The price was a little more that we wanted to spend, but she is the one we wanted today.”
WinStar was the main purchaser Tuesday, spending $1,170,000 for three horses.
The attraction of champion Woman Eli, who bought for $Four.2 million on opening day of the November Sale, continued Tuesday when Larry Greatest’s OXO Equine paid $600,000 for the day’s top-priced weanling, a colt by Nyquist out of Woman Eli’s half-sister Holy Place.
The weanling, additionally consigned by Lane’s Finish, agent, is from the primary crop of Nyquist, who gained the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Keeneland to shut his juvenile championship marketing campaign and captured the 2016 Kentucky Derby (G1). The colt’s dam, the Pulpit mare Holy Place, is also a half-sister to Grade Three winner Bizzy Caroline.
“This colt is a bet on good breeding,” stated Greatest, who later bought a High quality Street weanling colt for $525,000. “I love Lady Eli. I like Uncle Mo and (his son) Nyquist. He has good conformation and is the right size for his foaling date. Given how he stood out on this day and at this time, I thought he was going to go for somewhere between $450,000 and $600,000. (He) was one of the better ones in the sale today, so I feel fortunate.”
The High quality Street colt Greatest acquired is from the household of Grade 1 winners Paulassilverlining and Dads Caps. Consigned by Bedouin Bloodstock, agent, he’s out of the Excessive Cotton mare Tanasi.
Lane’s Finish was the session’s main consignor, promoting 33 horses for $7,260,000.
Two broodmares bought for $550,000 apiece.
Hinkle Farms bought the primary, Remembered, dam of 2018 Grade 1 winner Bowies Hero, in foal to Gun Runner. Consigned by Pope McLean (Crestwood Farm), agent, she is out of the Conquistador Cielo mare Sister Woman and from the household of Grade 1 winner Sharp Azteca and Grade Three winner Firing Line.
“She’s a lovely mare. She’s going to be 9, and she’s already a Grade 1 stakes producer,” Tom Hinkle stated. “We actually have some of the family already. We own the dam of Sharp Azteca (So Sharp), so we like the family. (She stood out) because she is a proven producer. We had a good (Keeneland) September (Yearling) Sale, and we are always trying to upgrade the quality of our broodmare band.”
The second mare to promote for $550,000 was 2010 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) winner Shared Account, acquired by Ontario’s Sam-Son Farm (J. Wigan, agent). In foal to Mastery, the 12-year-old daughter of Pleasantly Good is the dam of 2018 stakes winner Riley’s Selection. She was consigned by Upson Downs Farm, agent.
“We (don’t have breeding plans because) we have been trying so hard to get a mare that we did not know what we were going to get,” Sam-Son Broodmare and Stallion Supervisor Dave Whitford stated. “Her price is fair market value. She is in foal to an unproven stallion so we thought we might get her for a little less.”
“It is hard to sell a Breeders’ Cup winner but you have to refocus,” Alex Rankin of Upson Downs stated. “She was well sold and well bought so we are pleased. There was (a reserve) because she has that kind of value to us.”
Pacific Union Bloodstock paid $500,000 for a weanling colt by Into Mischief out of Nest Egg, by Eskendereya. Consigned by St. George Gross sales, agent, the colt is from the household of a number of Group 1 winner and Irish and Italian highweight Muhtarram and graded stakes winners Revenue Column and Ultimate Spherical.
The November Sale continues by way of Friday, Nov. 16, with all periods starting at 10 a.m. The complete sale is streamed reside at Keeneland.com.
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