Barbara Banke's Stonestreet paid $320,000 for the broodmare Emerald Gal, dam of recent Grade 2 winner Sarah Sis, and spent $260,000 for a weanling colt by Curlin to secure the two top-priced horses of Friday's fifth session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
Through the first five days of the 12-day sale, Keeneland has sold 968 horses for $178,778,000, up 7.41 percent from the corresponding period in 2014 when 1,046 horses brought $166,443,000. The average price of $184,688 stands 16.07 percent higher than the $159,123 in 2014, while the median of $100,000 is up 11.11 percent over last year's $90,000.
For the session, 236 horses sold for a total of $14,099,000, down 9.26 percent from last year's session gross of $15,538,500 for 257 horses. The average price of $59,742 was similar to the $60,461 posted in 2014. The median of $45,000 was 10 percent lower than last year's $50,000.
Consigned by Select Sales, agent, the session-topping Emerald Gal is the dam of Sarah Sis, a multiple graded stakes winner who won the Lexus Raven Run (G2) on Oct. 17 at Keeneland. Emerald Gal is a 9-year-old winning daughter of Gilded Time out of the End Sweep mare Wancha Back. She was sold in foal to Street Sense.
A weanling son of Curlin fetched the day's second-highest price of $260,000 from Stonestreet. Out of the Tale of the Cat mare Chaotic Cat, the colt's second dam is stakes winner Joyful Chaos, who holds the course record for 1 3/16 miles at Keeneland. He was consigned by Bluewater Sales, agent.
Circle the Empire, a 4-year-old Empire Maker mare in foal to Strong Mandate, brought a final bid of $250,000 from BBA Ireland. Three Chimneys Farm, agent, consigned the mare, who is from the family of undefeated multiple Group 1 winner Air Force Blue and champions Flanders and Surfside.
The session's leading consignor was Bluewater Sales, which sold 18 horses for $2,094,000.
The leading buyer was Calumet, which purchased six horses for $559,000.
The November Sale continues through Friday, Nov. 13. Sessions start at 10 a.m. The entire sale is streamed live at Keeneland.com.
To view the sales catalog, click here
To view the sales results, click here
New to the Paulick Report? Click here to sign up for our daily email newsletter to keep up on this and other stories happening in the Thoroughbred industry.
Copyright © 2019 Paulick Report.