Storm the Hill, winner of the Unzip Me Stakes on Sept. 30 and third in the Autumn Miss (G3) on Oct. 29, both at Santa Anita, sold for $275,000 to Alastar Thoroughbreds to be the most expensive horse of Saturday's fifth session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
A 3-year-old filly by Get Stormy out of the Good and Tough mare Thornhill, Storm the Hill is a half-sister to stakes-placed Fleur de Lilly and from the family of millionaire Superior Storm. Consigned by Bluewater Sales, agent, she was sold as a racing or broodmare prospect.
“She did what she was supposed to do,” Meg Levy of Bluewater said. “Since the catalog, she won a stakes and then placed in a graded stakes. That is what everybody wants.”
Mike Akers, who signed the ticket on behalf of Alastar Thoroughbreds, reported that Storm the Hill will continue racing. “They (the buyers) will go to the races and have some fun, hopefully,” he added.
Saturday, the first day of the two-day Book 3, saw solid trade as Keeneland sold 248 horses for a total of $15,313,000, a gain of 9.57 percent from last year's session gross of $13,975,700 for 226 horses. The average price of $61,746 dipped from $61,839 in 2016. The median of $47,000 remained unchanged.
Cumulatively, 908 horses have sold for $159,410,000, down 6.12 percent from the same period in 2016 when 921 horses brought $169,809,200. The average price of $175,562 was 4.78 percent below the $184,375 recorded in 2016, while the median of $100,000 increased 5.26 percent.
Mike Ryan, agent, paid the day's second-highest price of $230,000 for a weanling filly from the first crop of Grade 1 winner Lea. St. George Sales, agent, consigned the daughter of the Pulpit mare Nippy who is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Well Monied and stakes winners Jimmy Simms and Economic Model.
Shannon Faith, in foal to Carpe Diem, brought a final bid of $200,000 from B.V.B.I. Bloodstock. A 6-year-old mare by Discreet Cat out of the War Chant mare Jessi Take Charge, Shannon Faith is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes-placed Northern Giant. She is from the immediate family of Grade 1 stakes winner and Broodmare of the Year Take Charge Lady and champions Will Take Charge and Take Charge Brandi.
Select Sales, agent, sold two horses for $185,000 each.
En Feugo Stables paid $185,000 for a weanling filly by Into Mischief who is a half-sister to Keeneland's 2013 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) winner Kitten Kaboodle. The filly, who is out of the Grand Slam mare Easy Slam, is from the family of two-time Chilean Horse of the Year Ballistic and English Group 3 winner Gold Seam.
Shortleaf Stable went to $185,000 to acquire stakes-placed Sequiota, a 6-year-old mare by Awesome Again in foal to Into Mischief. Out of the stakes-winning Dynaformer mare Transition Time, Sequiota is a half-sister to French stakes winner Ticoz.
The day's leading consignor was Lane's End Farm, which sold 28 horses for $2,222,000.
Springhouse Farm acquired five horses for $595,000 to be the session's leading buyer.
The November Sale continues through Saturday, Nov. 18, with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. ET. The entire sale is streamed live at Keeneland.com.
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