Lexington, Ky. – The 2015 Keeneland November Sale posted gross sales on Tuesday of $212,021,900 through nine sessions of the 12-day breeding stock sale, exceeding total sales for the entire 2014 11-day auction.
The 2014 Keeneland November Sale total was $205,899,500. Gains on Tuesday were driven by the strong sale of racing or stallion prospects, led by Dennis O’Neill’s purchase of stakes winner Donworth for $550,000.
On Tuesday, Keeneland sold 243 horses for $6,844,900, up 64.34 percent from the ninth session in 2014 when total sales reached $4,165,200 for 242 horses sold. The average of $28,168 increased 63.65 percent from last year’s $17,212, and the median of $15,000 rose 25 percent from $12,000 in 2014.
To date, Keeneland has sold 1,958 horses for $212,021,900, a 5 percent increase from $201,912,600 grossed for 2,092 horses during the corresponding period in 2014. The average of $108,285 is 12.19 percent above last year’s $96,517, while the median of $45,000 equals last year.
Donworth, a 3-year-old son of Tiznow out of the Grade 1 stakes-placed Street Cry (IRE) mare Temple Street, was consigned as a racing or stallion prospect by Three Chimneys Farm, agent for the Complete Dispersal of Regis Farms LP. In his most recent race, on June 20 at Delaware Park, Donworth won the Stanton Stakes by 11 lengths. He was second in Keeneland’s Coolmore Lexington (G3) in April.
“He’s a very exciting horse and a rising star,” Three Chimneys Chief Commercial Officer Case Clay said. “He won (his last race) by 11 lengths and is graded stakes-placed. That (price) was about where we thought because there was a lot of interest.”
Selling to Eclipse Thoroughbreds for $335,000 was the winning 3-year-old Tapit colt Cowboy Rhythm, who was consigned by WinStar Racing, agent. Cowboy Rhythm, who scored his first victory Oct. 18 at Keeneland, is out of the stakes-winning Gone West mare West Coast Swing.
Ben McElroy, agent, paid $200,000 for the session’s top-priced racing or broodmare prospect, Chanteline, a winning 3-year-old daughter of Majesticperfection consigned by Three Chimneys Farm, agent for the Complete Dispersal of Regis Farms LP. Out of the Indian Charlie mare Listen to Libby, Chanteline is from the family of Grade 1 winner Currency Swap, Grade 3 winner You’renotlistening and stakes winner Your Bluffing.
At $105,000, the session’s highest-priced weanling is the colt from the first crop of Preakness (G1) winner Oxbow sold to John Stuart. Fairlawn Farm consigned the colt, who is out of the stakes-winning Air Forbes Won mare Art Fair.
WinStar Racing was the session’s leading consignor, selling 26 horses for $1,444,500. WinStar’s graduates of the 2014 November Sale include Race Day, who became a Grade 2 winner in 2015, and Barbados, a Grade 3 winner this year.
Dennis O’Neill’s purchase of Donworth made him the leading buyer.