More than 2,500 horses were sold
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 14, 2014) — Keeneland closed its 11-day November Breeding Stock Sale, the world’s premier sale of its kind, on Friday with gross sales of $205,899,500, an increase of 4.42 percent from last year.
The event included the sale of 18 seven-figure horses, up from 14 last year; an influx of new buyers participating at the top levels of the market; and strong demand for quality foals, resulting in a weanling filly selling for a North American record $3 million.
This year 2,512 horses were sold, compared to 2,457 last year.
Cumulative average of $81,966 increased 2.13 percent from last year’s $80,256 to be the highest since 2007. Median price of $35,000 remained unchanged from 2013 and equaled the November Sale record.
The November Sale opened with the select Book 1, held Nov. 4-5, and saw gross sales increase 11 percent over 2013.
Demand for young graded stakes-winning and stakes-producing broodmares and broodmare prospects was evidenced by the 18 seven-figure sales generated in Book 1, including six horses that sold for well above $2 million.
The 18 million-dollar horses were purchased by 11 different buyers.
At $3.9 million, the sale’s top-priced horse was Aloof (IRE), a Group 3-winning daughter of Galileo (IRE) in foal to leading sire War Front. Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm purchased the 5-year-old mare, who was consigned by Paramount Sales, agent. Out of English highweight Airwave (GB), by Air Express, Aloof is a full sister to French stakes winner Orator and a half-sister to Irish stakes winner Meow.
Grade 3 winner Naples Bay, a half-sister to leading sire Medaglia d’Oro carrying her first foal by War Front, commanded the sale’s second-highest price, selling for $3.6 million to Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier. A 6-year-old daughter of Giant’s Causeway out of the Bailjumper mare Cappucino Bay, Naples Bay was consigned by Claiborne Farm, agent.
Keeneland’s next sale will be the 2015 January Horses of All Ages Sale, from Jan. 12-16, 2015.