Horses of racing age led a strong market during Wednesday's eighth session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale as Grade 3 winner New York Central, a 4-year-old son of Tapit, sold to Khalid Mishref for $240,000.
WinStar Racing, agent, consigned New York Central, an earner of $335,310 whose four wins include the 2019 Grade 3 Maryland Sprint Stakes. A half-brother to Grade 2 winner Corfu, the colt is out of Fashion Cat, by Forest Wildcat, and from the family of Grade 1 winner Peace Rules.
WinStar Racing was the session's leading consignor with sales of $1,634,500 for 18 horses.
On Wednesday, Keeneland sold 234 horses for $7,344,400, for an average of $31,386 and a median of $16,500.
Cumulative sales with four sessions remaining in the auction are $191,698,200 for 1,895 horses. The average is $101,160, and the median is $45,000.
Mishref said New York Central would be sent to Saudi Arabia, also the destination of his $325,000 session-topping purchase on Wednesday, Liam's Legend. New York Central is to be pointed at the $1.5 million Dirt Sprint in February 2020 on the undercard of the $20 million Saudi Cup at King Abdulaziz Racetrack.
“Hopefully he will do well for us,” Mishref said. “He looks good as an individual. I love his conformation, and he's filled out. Hopefully, the son of Tapit will do well. He could be a stallion prospect in Saudi Arabia down the road; step by step, we're going to try and promote the breeding in the long run.”
Mishref was advised in the purchase by racing manager Bruno DeBerdt and bloodstock manager Mersad Metanovic.
Steven W. Young, agent, paid $200,000 for One Eyed Jack, a 3-year-old Uncle Mo colt who has finished second and third in his two career starts. Consigned by Claiborne Farm, agent, One Eyed Jack is out of the stakes-placed Street Sense mare Free Money and is from the family of Grade 3 winner Doctor Mounty and stakes winner Dabster.
Four horses of racing age sold for $190,000 each. Mike Ryan, agent, the session's leading buyer with four purchases for $410,000, acquired two of them: Annals of Time, a 6-year-old son of Temple City who won the G1 Sword Dancer in his most recent start; and Build to Suit, a 5-year-old son of Dominus who is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Bolo. Build to Suit has won six of his 10 career starts. Both horses were consigned by ELiTE, agent.
Also bringing $190,000 were Empty Tomb, a 3-year-old winning Speightstown colt consigned by WinStar Racing, agent, and sold to Three Diamonds Farm; and Czechmight, a 2-year-old Street Sense colt who is coming off a maiden win at Keeneland on Oct. 13, was consigned by ELiTE, agent, and sold to Meah-Lloyd Bloodstock, agent for Calvin Nguyen.
Wednesday's top-priced broodmare is Magical Ride, dam of Preakness Stakes runner-up Ride On Curlin in foal to Lookin At Lucky, who was purchased by Empire Thoroughbreds, agent, for $170,000. Lane's End, agent, consigned the 15-year-old daughter of Storm Cat who is out of Grade 1 winner Victory Ride, by Seeking the Gold.
At $67,000, the top-priced weanling is a colt by Midshipman sold to Scoot Stables. Pope McLean (Crestwood Farm), agent, consigned the colt, who is out of the Petionville mare Sharp Finnish and is from the family of Grade 3 winners Baby J and Hot Brush.
The November Sale continues Thursday at 10 a.m. Eastern. The auction runs through Sunday with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m.
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