Sale scheduled from Nov. 2-13
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2015) — Keeneland has cataloged 4,476 horses for its 2015 November Breeding Stock Sale, which will be held from Nov. 2-13, directly following the Breeders’ Cup. Catalogs are currently available electronically, while print catalogs will be mailed the week of Oct. 12.
“The intention of hosting the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland is to bring greater attention to Central Kentucky—the center of the Thoroughbred breeding industry in North America—and, therefore, by its proximity, be of direct benefit to the November Sale,” Keeneland president and CEO Bill Thomason said.
At the 2014 November Sale, a North American record price for a weanling sold at public auction was established when Serena’s Harmony, filly by leading sire Tapit and a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Honor Code and Grade 2 winner Noble Tune brought a $3 million bid from Bridlewood Farm.
The 2014 November Sale indicated a revitalized Thoroughbred market as gross sales of $205,899,500 were the second-highest for the sale since 2007. Signs of healthy trade included a record-equaling median of $35,000; the sale of 18 seven-figure horses, up from 14 the previous year; an influx of new buyers participating at the top levels of the market; and strong demand for quality foals.
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.
Horses cataloged for the 2015 sale include 2,610 broodmares and broodmare prospects, 1,719 weanlings, 130 horses of racing age (offered from Nov. 9-10) and 17 stallions and stallion prospects.
The sale includes the dispersals of Nat Rea’s Regis Farms, LP and the late Jerre Paxton’s Northwest Farms. Consigned by Three Chimneys Farm, the Regis Farms dispersal comprises 41 horses, including 15 broodmares, six weanlings and 20 horses of racing age, all to be offered without reserve. Highlighting the dispersal are 2015 Kentucky Oaks (G1) runner-up Shook Up, by Tapit out of Grade 1 winner Sugar Shake; Canadian Horse of the Year, multiple champion and Canadian Filly Triple Crown winner Sealy Hill, in foal to Medaglia d’Oro; and Bijou, a half-sister to two Grade 1-winning juvenile fillies in Certify and Cry and Catch Me.
Also featured in the dispersal are 2015 Santa Ynez (G2) winner Seduire; Zindaya, graded stakes-placed and winner of the 2015 Intercontinental Stakes at Belmont; the impressive stakes winner and graded stakes-placed colt Donworth; and the Tapit filly Tapas, in foal to Distorted Humor.
Bruce Gibbs’ Greenfield Farm is agent for the Northwest Farms dispersal of 42 horses. Mares include stakes winners Blueberry Smoothie, in foal to Candy Ride (ARG); Goin to the Window, in foal to War Front; and Stopshoppingdebbie, in foal to Medaglia d’Oro. Weanlings by War Front, Blame, Awesome Again, Bodemeister, Candy Ride (ARG) and Smart Strike also will be offered.
Keeneland has created a microsite dedicated to the November Sale. The microsite provides detail on featured mares, notable weanlings and prominent broodmares and broodmare prospects cataloged to the sale. Consignment information for the Regis Farm and Northwest Farm dispersals also is included.
Representation Broodmares cataloged to the 2015 November Sale are in foal to 214 of the world’s most prominent stallions and exciting young sires, including Australia (GB), Bernardini, Bodemeister, Camelot (GB), Declaration of War, Distorted Humor, Elusive Quality, Frankel (GB), Giant’s Causeway, Invincible Spirit (IRE), Kitten’s Joy, Lemon Drop Kid, Lope de Vega (IRE), Malibu Moon, Medaglia d’Oro, More Than Ready, Orb, Pioneerof the Nile, Scat Daddy, Smart Strike, Speightstown, Tapit, Tiznow, Uncle Mo and War Front.
Weanlings in the catalog represent 196 leading stallions, including such established sires as Awesome Again, Bernardini, Bodemeister, Curlin, Declaration of War, Distorted Humor, Galileo (IRE), Giant’s Causeway, Into Mischief, Kitten’s Joy, Lemon Drop Kid, Medaglia d’Oro, Pioneerof the Nile, Scat Daddy, Smart Strike, Speightstown, Street Cry (IRE), Street Sense, Super Saver, Tapit, Tiznow, Uncle Mo and War Front.
Stallions with their first crop of weanlings in the sale include Alternation, Data Link, Flat Out, Graydar, Morning Line, Orb, Overanalyze, Oxbow, Point of Entry, Take Charge Indy and Violence.
The sale’s first two sessions begin at 11 a.m. All other sessions start at 10 a.m. The entire sale will be streamed live at Keeneland.com.