Keeneland November Sets New Mark

Monday's topper, Hip 2975 | Keeneland

The Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale ended its eighth session Monday with cumulative sales of $205 million, surpassing total sales of $203 million recorded for last year's entire 10-day auction. On Monday, 260 head sold for $4,313,300, down from the corresponding session in 2021 when 260 generated $4,363,200. Average dipped slightly from $16,782 to $16,590. The median of $11,000 decreased 8.33% from last year's $12,000.

Late in Monday's session, a daughter of Mshawish led the way during the first day of Book. Offered as Hip 2975, Taylor Avenue was secured for $130,000 by CF Farms from the Taylor Made Sales Agency consignment. In foal to Speightstown, the stakes-placed filly is out of Aqualane Shores (Friends Lake), the dam of stakes winner Respect the Hustle (Colonel John). In her most recent trip to the sales ring, the 4-year-old sold for $10,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky sale in February.

The second-highest priced offering on the day was Hip 2717, a 3-year-old filly by Flatter who realized a $75,000 final bid from her breeder, Claiborne Farm. Consigned by Winter Quarter Farm, agent, Culdee is out of MSP Bend (Arch), dam of MGSW and track record holder Clearly Now (Horse Greeley) in addition to GSW Bendable (Horse Greeley). The filly was offered by Claiborne to the 2020 Keeneland September Sale, where she brought $180,000. Culdee's brother, by Curlin, sold for $575,000 at the September sale one year earlier.

Leading the youngsters during Monday's session was Hip 3030, a filly by freshman Bolt d'Oro, who was consigned by Elm Tree Farm. The grey is out of Winning Doe (Running Stag), a half-sister to champion grass runners World Approval (Northern Afleet) and Miesque's Approval (Miesque's Son) in addition to GSWs Revved Up (Sultry Song) and Za Approval (Ghostzapper). The Mar. 27 foal is a half-sister to stakes winner and graded placed We Deer You (Hat Trick {Jpn}).

Heading the boys was Hip 2760, who brought $65,000 from Reeves Thoroughbred Racing. Consigned by Trackside Farm (Tom Evans), agent, the colt is by GI Belmont S. winner Tapwrit, represented by his first crop of juveniles in 2022. Out of unraced Fondness (Elusive Quality), the Mar. 4 foal is a half-brother to Discreetness (Discreet Cat). A half-sister to Group 1 scorer Bahamian Pirate (Housebuster) and GSW and MGISP Strong Hope (Grand Slam), Fondness hails from the family of multiple European champion El Gran Senor.

Cumulatively, 1,826 horses have sold for $205,696,600, up 7.96% from last year's $190,531,700 for the comparable period when 1,950 horses sold. The average of $112,649 increased 15.29% from $97,709 in 2021, while the median of $50,000 remained unchanged from last year.

The November sale continues through Wednesday and is followed by a horses of racing age sale Thursday. Bidding begins daily at 10 a.m. Thursday's auction begins at noon.

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