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Dam of 2013 Breeders’ Cup Winner Tops Friday Session of Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale

LEXINGTON, KY (Nov. 8, 2013) – Ragtime Hope, whose son Secret Circle won the Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita on Saturday, was sold for $675,000 during Friday’s fourth session of the 70th annual Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. The amount was the highest price paid during the session in which gross sales for 254 horses reached $26,333,700, a 42 percent increase over the comparable session in 2012.

Dam of Breeders’ Cup Sprint Winner Secret Circle Draws $675,000 To Kick Off Friday Session of Keeneland’s November Sale

Ragtime Hope (Hip 835), dam of 2013 Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) winner Secret Circle, sold for $675,000 to get Friday’s session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale off to a strong start.

Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings emerged as the winning bidder for the 11-year-old mare, who was sold in foal to Arch. Ragtime Hope is by Dixieland Band out of the winning Smarten mare Good ‘n Smart, and is a half-sister to Dogwood (G3) winner Really Polish. She was consigned by Indian Creek, agent for Longfield.

Increases Continue During Thursday Session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale

LEXINGTON, KY (Nov. 7, 2013) – Robust trade from domestic and international buyers continued Thursday during the third session of the 70th annual Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, as gross sales were 26 percent above the total from the corresponding session in 2012. The average and median also recorded double-digit increases over last year, while the buyback rate was a low 20 percent.

Chile’s Don Alberto Corp. Shops at Keeneland November

LEXINGTON, KY (Nov. 7, 2013) – As the leading buyer through the first two sessions of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, Don Alberto Corp. of Chile continues its expansion into the Central Kentucky Thoroughbred industry. Don Alberto Corp. represents the family who owns Chile’s prominent Haras Don Alberto and recently purchased Vinery near Lexington. Vinery will be renamed Don Alberto Farm.

Popular Champion Groupie Doll Sells for $3.1 Million to Lead Second Day of Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale

LEXINGTON, KY (Nov. 6, 2013) – Demand for an elite collection of young broodmares in foal to successful stallions and accomplished fillies just off the racetrack drove a 31 percent increase in total sales during Wednesday’s second session of the 70th annual Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. Eight horses – led by 2012 champion female sprinter Groupie Doll, who sold for $3.1 million – brought $1 million or more to push to 14 the total number of horses sold for at seven figures during Book 1, the first two days of the sale.

Champion Groupie Doll Sells for $3.1 Million to Top Wednesday at November Sale

Two-time defending Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) champion Groupie Doll sold for $3.1 million to lead eight seven-figure prices during Wednesday’s session of the November Breeding Stock Sale. To date, 14 horses have brought $1 million-plus compared to seven during the entire 2012 November Sale.

Grade 1 Winner Awesome Maria Sells for $4 Million to Open Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale

LEXINGTON, KY (Nov. 5, 2013) – The 70th annual Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale opened Tuesday with a continuation of the strong market for Thoroughbred bloodstock that has occurred at sales around the world for much of 2013. Total sales increased 52 percent from the first session of the 2012 sale, while the average increased 35 percent and the median jumped nearly 73 percent.

Grade 1 Winner Awesome Maria Sells for $4 Million at Keeneland November Sale

Grade 1 stakes winner Awesome Maria (Hip 87), in foal to Giant’s Causeway, sold for $4 million to top the early sales on opening day of Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale. So far in this session, six horses have brought seven-figure prices compared to five on day one in 2012.  

Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier signed the ticket for the 6-year-old daughter of Maria’s Mon out of the Awesome Again mare Discreetly Awesome. Awesome Maria won seven graded stakes, including the 2011 Ogden Phipps Handicap (G1), Awesome Maria amassed $1,114,875 in earnings.

E. Paul Robsham Stables to Disperse Thoroughbred Stock at Keeneland November Sale

LEXINGTON, KY (Aug. 29, 2013) – E. Paul Robsham Stables LLC, which bred and raced such Grade 1 stakes winners as Awesome Maria and R Heat Lightning, will completely disperse its Thoroughbred breeding stock at Keeneland’s 2013 November Breeding Stock Sale. Lane’s End Farm will act as agent.   

A total of 24 horses will be cataloged in the November dispersal, including seven broodmares, three broodmare prospects, four weanlings and ten yearlings.

Strong Trade, Stable Market Define Keeneland November Sale

LEXINGTON, KY (Nov. 16, 2012) – Demand for quality broodmares and strong participation from both foreign and domestic buyers, particularly at the top levels of the market, generated solid business trade throughout Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale, which concluded Friday.

Gross sales for the 11-day auction, held November 6-16, totaled $143,025,600 for the sale of 2,414 horses, for an average of $59,248 and a median price of $22,000. Last year, 2,554 horses brought $208,511,200, for an average of $81,641 and a median of $24,000.

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