Keeneland has cataloged 3,777 horses for the 2020 November Breeding Stock Sale, which opens Monday, 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 to the Sales Pavilion again will be available to allow for proper social distancing.
Keeneland's COVID-19 protocols for the November Sale will be similar to those used for the September Sale.
For the November Sale, a total of 1,832 broodmares and broodmare prospects, 1,404 weanlings, 531 horses of racing age and 10 stallions have been cataloged. Keeneland will continue to accept supplemental entries for the premier Book 1 and for the horses of racing age segment of the sale.
The November Sale catalog is online on Keeneland.com. Print catalogs will be mailed Oct. 19.
The November Sale will span 10 sessions, two fewer than in 2019. Book 1 will be sold Monday, Nov. 9 beginning at noon ET. A total of 244 horses are cataloged. All remaining sessions begin at 10 a.m., with Books 2-6 being offered Tuesday, Nov. 10 through Wednesday, Nov. 18. Horses of racing age highlight sessions on Monday, Nov. 16 and Tuesday, Nov. 17. They represent such leading consignors as ELiTE, Lane's End, Paramount Sales, Taylor Made Sales Agency and WinStar Farm. Keeneland will livestream the entire November Sale at Keeneland.com.
“The November Sale is a globally important source of premium bloodstock, and the Breeders' Cup at Keeneland immediately beforehand will only heighten the excitement surrounding the sale,” Keeneland President-Elect and Interim Head of Sales Shannon Arvin said. “This year's catalog features a number of unique offerings, led by stakes-winning fillies, among them ones scheduled to compete in the Breeders' Cup, and stakes-producing mares in foal to leading sires. Weanlings are another important segment of the November Sale, and we are especially excited to see members of the first crop of foals by undefeated 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify. Meanwhile, the portion of the sale dedicated to horses of racing age has proven very popular with trainers.”
A total of 170 sires are represented by weanlings in the catalog, including American Pharoah, Arrogate, Bernardini, Constitution, Curlin, Distorted Humor, Empire Maker, Flatter, Ghostzapper, Gun Runner, Into Mischief, Kitten's Joy, Lope de Vega (Ire), Malibu Moon, Medaglia d'Oro, Not This Time, Nyquist, Outwork, Pioneerof the Nile, Practical Joke, Quality Road, Speightstown, Tapit, Uncle Mo, Union Rags and War Front.
Broodmares in the catalog are in foal to 187 stallions, among them Always Dreaming, American Pharoah, Arrogate, Bernardini, Candy Ride (Arg), Catholic Boy, City of Light, Constitution, Curlin, Distorted Humor, Ghostzapper, Good Magic, Gun Runner, Into Mischief, Justify, Kitten's Joy, Malibu Moon, Medaglia d'Oro, Not This Time, Outwork, Quality Road, Speightstown, Street Sense, Tapit, Uncle Mo, Union Rags and War Front.
Past graduates of the November Sale who have had success at high levels in 2020 include leading Horse of the Year candidate Improbable (City Zip), GI Kentucky Oaks victress Shedaresthedevil (Daredevil) and Grade I winners Keeper Ofthe Stars (Midnight Lute) and Serengeti Empress (Alternation).