LEXINGTON, KY (Nov. 10, 2013) – Strong trade in Thoroughbred bloodstock continued Sunday during the sixth session of the 70th annual Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
A total of 276 horses brought $13,435,500, an increase of 25 percent over the sixth session in 2012 when 265 horses sold for $10,740,300. Average price of $48,679 was 20 percent higher than last year’s session average of $40,529. The median price increased 25 percent from $32,000 in 2012 to $40,000 this year.
“The weather has been lovely, and there’s been great traffic through the barns,” said Keeneland Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell. “Showing has been spectacular. Our consignors are consistently telling us they are showing their horses more this year than at any other November Sale. There’s lots of energy around the sales grounds, and it’s being reflected in the strong trade.”
Cumulatively, 1,339 horses have sold for $170,456,700, which is 37 percent above the gross of $124,586,900 through the corresponding period in 2012. The average of $127,301 was 23 percent higher than the $103,650 from last year. The $70,000 median represents a 40 percent jump from last year’s $50,000.
During the sale’s fifth session on Saturday, the gross surpassed total sales of $143,025,600 recorded for last year’s entire 11-day auction.
On Sunday, two horses brought the highest price of $185,000. The first was the 3-year-old broodmare One Foxy Grey, in foal to Midnight Lute for her first foal. Nancy Shuford bought the winning daughter of Big Brown who is out of Grade 1 winner Irish Smoke, by Smoke Glacken. One Foxy Grey was consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent.
FD Bloodstock purchased the other top seller, High Maintenance (GB), a 14-year-old Danehill mare in foal to Quality Road. Paramount Sales, agent, consigned High Maintenance, who is out of Speak Softly to Me, by Ogygian, and is the dam of stakes-placed Silver Black.
Candy Meadows Farm LLC spent $145,000 on the session-topping weanling, a Scat Daddy colt consigned by Four Star Sales, agent. Out of Lose the Blues, by Pulpit, the colt is a half-brother to stakes-placed McKenzies Way.
The session’s leading consignor was Taylor Made Sales Agency, which sold 28 horses for $1,538,000.
Calumet Farm was the leading buyer, spending $604,000 on eight horses.
The 10-day November Sale continues through Thursday. Sessions begin daily at 10 a.m. ET. The entire sale is streamed live at Keeneland.com.