Competition for quality horses fueled substantial increases in gross sales and average and median prices during Sunday's sixth session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, led by the $260,000 paid by Xavier International Bloodstock, agent, for the graded stakes-placed mare Aqua Regia in foal to Dialed In.
On Sunday, the second of two sessions in Book 3, 264 horses brought $14,885,500, up 46.70 percent from last year when 233 horses grossed $10,147,000. The average surged 29.47 percent from $43,549 in 2016 to $56,384. The median of $46,000 increased 31.43 percent compared to $35,000 last year.
At the halfway point of the 12-day auction, Keeneland has sold 1,172 horses for $174,295,500, down 3.15 percent versus 2016 when 1,154 brought $179,956,200. Average price of $148,716 dipped 4.63 percent from last year's $155,941. The median of $80,000 rose 6.67 percent from $75,000 last year.
Trackside Farm, agent, consigned Aqua Regia, a 6-year-old mare by Pollard's Vision out of the Tabasco Cat mare Phu Cat. She is from the family of Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Is It True.
Goose Lemon Drop, a half-sister to Grade 1 stakes winner Lochte in foal to Violence, brought a final bid of $215,000 from Town & Country Horse Farms to be the day's second-highest priced horse. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, Goose Lemon Drop is a 6-year-old mare by Elusive Quality out of stakes winner Lemon Kiss, by Lemon Drop Kid.
Three horses sold for $200,000 each.
McMahon & Hill Bloodstock, agent, paid $200,000 for Cast in Silver, a stakes-placed half-sister to Belmont (G1) winner Palace Malice, in foal to Constitution. Cast in Silver is a 6-year-old mare by City Zip out of the stakes-winning Royal Anthem mare Palace Rumor. She was consigned by Hill ‘n' Dale Sales Agency, agent.
Spindle, a 4-year-old mare in foal to Honor Code, sold for $200,000 to Chesapeake Equine and Manganano Bloodstock. Consigned by James B. Keogh (Grovendale), agent, the mare is by Hard Spun out of graded stakes winner French Satin, by French Deputy. She is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Long Haul Bay and a full sister to stakes winner Midnight Transfer.
A colt from the first crop of Carpe Diem brought $200,000 to be the session's top-priced weanling, selling to Bloodstock Investments V. Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, consigned the colt, who is out of the Latent Heat mare Hot Spa and from the family of multiple Grade 1 winner Chaposa Springs and Group 2 winner Mendip.
Taylor Made Sales Agency was the day's leading consignor, selling 30 horses for $2,023,000.
Ben Glass, agent, bought 10 horses for $882,000 to be the session's leading buyer.
The November Sale continues through Saturday with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. ET. The entire sale is streamed live at Keeneland.com.
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