Clear Ridge Stables paid $300,000 for a weanling colt by Into Mischief from the family of multiple Grade 1 winner Mind Your Biscuits to record the highest price paid Friday during the fifth session of Keeneland's November Breeding Stock Sale.
Keeneland sold 261 horses for $15,315,500 for an average of $58,680 and a median of $40,000. There are no comparable figures from 2017.
Through five sessions of the auction, 1,093 horses have grossed $157,838,500 for an average of $144,409 and a median of $80,000.
Eaton Sales, agent, consigned Friday's high seller, whose dam is the Friends Lake mare Daryanna, a half-sister to Canadian champion Kimchi and Jazzmane, dam of Mind Your Biscuits.
“He will be attractive for the (yearling) market next year,” Brian Graves of Clear Ridge said. “His sire is doing great. (The weanling prices) are very expensive for the ones you like. You think in Book 3 you might get a little better deal, but when a nice horse walks up there it's expensive.”
The colt was bred by Samantha Will-Baccari's Jumping Jack Racing, which bred Mind Your Biscuits.
“After (Mind Your Biscuits) won the (2016) Amsterdam (G2), I found this mare and bred her to Into Mischief,” Will-Baccari said. “He's been a nice baby all the way along, and I'm super happy Brian got him because he does a great job. The baby has only gotten better, and Into Mischief is hot and (his offspring) are hard to buy. This colt reminds me so much of Mind Your Biscuits – same personality, super chill, really smart.”
Machmer Hall was the session's leading buyer, spending $557,000 for three horses. It went to $280,000 to acquire the top-priced broodmare, Sweet Lollipop, a 5-year-old Candy Ride mare in foal to Practical Joke and from the family of champion Housebuster. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, she is out of Unbridled Beauty, by Unbridled's Song and a half-sister to stakes winner Meal Penalty.
“A lot of people were bidding on her,” Machmer Hall's Carrie Brogden said. “She's just that kind of physical. She has the sire power. We've had a really good year. We've sold a lot of our young graded stakes producers, so we have to get the young mares and hope we do it again.”
Machmer Hall's other purchases were Buy Sell Hold, a 3-year-old graded stakes-placed daughter of Violence for $205,000, and the 4-year-old Kitten's Joy mare Abundanceofcaution, in foal to Practical Joke, for $72,000.
Susan Moulton paid $275,000 for Microburst, a 6-year-old daughter of Awesome Again who is a half-sister to 2018 G1 Champagne Stakes winner Complexity and Grade 3 winner Valadorna. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, she is out of the Yes It's True mare Goldfield and from the family of multiple Grade 2 winner Real Cash.
“(Moulton) owns (Microburst's half-sister) Naylor, so she's partial to that family and we love the big update (of Complexity),” said Debbie Ward, who signed the ticket. “We think she is a really pretty Awesome Again mare, a lot of quality. The cover (to Maclean's Music) was a big part of it too. We are breeding to sell and race. (Moulton) just bought her first farm in Kentucky in May. We currently have five mares, but we are looking to build and grow. We've mostly been looking for weanlings and didn't expect to pay quite so much for (Microburst), but we're happy we got her.”
Sallusto & Albina Agents spent $270,000 for Rio Carnival, a 12-year-old Storm Cat mare who is a half-sister to European highweight and sire Kingman and is in foal to Twirling Candy. Mill Ridge Sales, agent, consigned the mare, also the half-sister of Group 3 winner Remote. Her dam, Zenda (GB), is a Group 1 winner by Zamindar, and a half-sister to Group 1 winner Oasis Dream (GB).
“She's a half to a top sire and by Storm Cat,” said Hanzly Albina, who said he bought Rio Carnival for Newtown Anner Stud. “The Tapit (weanling filly out of the mare) on the ground is really nice. I think it's a unique opportunity to get into a really nice family.”
Consigned by Indian Creek, agent, and cataloged as a racing or broodmare prospect, the 3-year-old Midnight Lute filly Night Time Lady sold to Cedar Key Partners for $260,000. She is out of the stakes-winning Unbridled's Song mare Inspired and from the family of Grade 1 winners Well Chosen and Leofric, winner of Keeneland's G2 Hagyard Fayette Stakes on Oct. 27.
JSM Equine/Joe Minor paid $235,000 for Singwiththebirds, a 6-year-old Elusive Quality mare in foal to Kitten's Joy. She is a half-sister to Canadian Horse of the Year Up With the Birds and stakes winner Speightsong. Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, agent, consigned the mare, who is out of the Seeking the Gold mare Song of the Lark and from the family of Canadian champion Wilderness Song, winner of Keeneland's 1991 G1 Spinster Stakes.
During the session, Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, sold 36 horses for $3,325,000 to lead all consignors.
The November Sale continues through Friday, Nov. 16, with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m.
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