LEXINGTON, KY (Nov. 11, 2012) – Trade remained brisk during Sunday’s sixth session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, with double-digit growth in gross sales, and average and median prices.
Keeneland sold 265 horses on Sunday for $10,740,300, up 21.32 percent from 2011 when 271 horses brought $8,852,700. Average price increased 24.07 percent from $32,667 to $40,529, while the median price of $32,000 rose 28 percent over last year’s $25,000.
Moro Tap, the final horse to sell in the session, brought the day’s top price of $350,000 from Terry Raymond and Skychai Racing. Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, the two-year-old Tapit colt, out of the stakes-winning Silver Ghost mare Ghost Dancing, was consigned as a racing or stallion prospect.
“I liked his race (the colt finished second in his first career start at Calder on October 12), and I’m a big fan of Tapit,” said trainer Mike Maker, who signed the ticket for Moro Tap. Maker trained champion Hansen, also by Tapit, of which Skychai Racing was part-owner.
Maker said Moro Tap will return to Florida and continue in training.
Through six sessions of the 11-day sale, 1,202 horses have been sold for $124,586,900, for an average of $103,650 and a median of $50,000. During last year’s comparable period, 1,344 horses were sold for $189,163,900, for an average of $140,747 and a median of $60,000.
Cumulative totals from 2011 include two premier dispersals – the record dispersal of the estate of Edward P. Evans’ Spring Hill Farm, which sold 149 horses for $54,506,000, and the dispersal of Saud bin Khaled’s Palides Investments N.V., Inc., which sold 20 horses sold for $16,813,000.
When dispersals are excluded from the 2011 cumulative numbers, 1,202 horses have been sold for $124,586,900, an increase of 5.72 percent from 2011 when 1,175 horses brought $117,844,900. Average price of $103,650 rose 3.35 percent from $100,294 last year, while the median of $50,000 remained unchanged.
Stakes winner Magnetic Miss, sold in foal to two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, brought the day’s second-highest price, going for $190,000 to Margaux Farm, agent. An eight-year-old mare by Artax out of the stakes-winning Deposit Ticket mare Deposit Express, Magnetic Miss is a half-sister to stakes winners Royal Express and Hydro Power. She was consigned by Hidden Brook, agent for Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC.
The November Sale continues through Friday. Sessions begin daily at 10 a.m. The entire sale is streamed live at Keeneland.com.