By Christie DeBernardis
A colt from the first crop of Maximus Mischief (Into Mischief) (Hip 2804) topped the day's trade during the Book 5 opener of Keeneland November Wednesday, bringing $75,000 from Patillo Equine.
Consigned by Tim and Nancy Hamlin's Wynnstay Sales, Hip 2804 was bred in Indiana by Deann and Greg Baer DVM. The bay colt is out of the Uncle Mo mare Andapinkcarnation, who is a half to SW Desiraes My Candy (Candy Stripes).
“The colt is a first foal out of a mare and he just gets better by the day,” Tim Hamlin said. “He has a wonderful mind, is a wonderful mover, vets well and is a class act. I had a lot of people tell me he was the best foal in the sale today.”
Maximus Mischief was three-for-three as a juvenile, including a victory in the 2018 GII Remsen S. Third in his lone start at three in the GII Fasig-Tipton Holy Bull S., he was retired to stand alongside his sire at Spendthrift.
When asked his impressions of Maximus Mischief's first crop, Hamlin said, “I actually I bought one last night for a customer for $50,000 and this one sold well. I like them.”
The horseman added, “He is out of a daughter of Uncle Mo and he looks like an Into Mischief/Uncle Mo cross. He looks a bit more like his mother. I hope he is as fast as Uncle Mo and Into Mischief. They will do well with him.”
Another son of Maximus Mischief cracked the top 10 Wednesday when Gun Chai (Hip 2787) brought $57,000 from Machmer Hall.
The most expensive mare of the day was Chelsea Road (Speightstown) (Hip 2846), who brought $65,000 from St. Simon Place and Machmer Hall. Consigned by Buckland Sales, she sold in foal to new Lane's End stallion Gift Box.
A total of 260 horses changed hands Wednesday for a gross of $4,363,200. The average was $16,782 and the median was $12,000. The RNA rate was 18.24%. In the equivalent 2020 session, 256 Thoroughbred brought $3,797,300 with an average of $14,83 and median of $8,000. The RNA rate was 12.33%.
“I thought it was very strong,” Hamlin said. “There are a lot of people still shopping. We sold all of the horses we brought today, so we are very happy. It's been a great November Sale.”
There were 1,950 horses sold during the first eight days of the Keeneland November Sale for a total of $190,531,700. The average thus far was $97,709 and the median was $50,000. In 2020, 1,786 head brought $144,012,000 through the first eight sessions with an average of $81,455 and median of $32,000.
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