‘Magic’ of Ned Evans keeps Keeneland sale roaring

by | 11.09.2011 | 7:33pm

LEXINGTON, KY (Nov. 9, 2011) – The dispersal of the estate of Edward P. Evans' Spring Hill Farm continued to create fireworks at Keeneland's November Breeding Stock Sale, selling the top-priced Quiet Now for $1.85 million and surpassing previous records to become the highest-grossing dispersal in Keeneland sale history.
With Lane's End serving as agent, the Evans dispersal has sold 101 horses for $49,669,500 and an average of $491,777 through the first three days of the November Sale. Totals were boosted by the sale of 12 horses for one million dollars or more, highlighted by the $4.2 million paid by Coolmore Stud for Grade 1 stakes winner Christmas Kid, in foal to Bernardini, on Monday.

When combined with the 50 yearlings sold by the Evans estate for $6,527,000 at the September Yearling Sale, the dispersal has sold a total of 151 horses for $56,196,500 through Wednesday to rank as the highest-grossing dispersal in Keeneland sale history. The previous Keeneland record was held by the Nelson Bunker Hunt dispersal, which sold 580 horses for $46,912,800 during the 1988 January Horses of All Ages Sale.  
Seth Hancock purchased the six-year-old Quiet Now, in foal to City Zip, for his family's Claiborne Farm and longtime client Adele Dilschneider. By Tiznow, the mare is a half-sister to Horse of the Year Saint Liam and stakes winners Congressionalhonor, Quiet Giant and Dance Quietly.
“I've wanted something from that family for a long time,” Hancock said. “I just love her family. She's a nice, big mare and I loved her weanling (by Tale of the Cat).
“Ned Evans would do it like I'd like to try to do it,” Hancock said in reflecting on the Evans dispersal. “He kept his broodmare band culled down, and bred them to the right kind of stallions. He raced them and he loved them. I thought he was a lot like us, and I'm happy to have something from his best family.”
On Wednesday, Keeneland sold 257 horses for $32,347,000, an increase of 52.2 percent over 2010 when 254 horses brought $21,249,100. Average price for the day of $125,864 rose 50.4 percent from last year's comparable session average of $83,658. The median price of $90,000 was up 38.4 percent from the $65,000 posted in 2010.
After three days of selling, 542 horses have been sold for $147,028,500, up 60.5 percent from last year's $91,594,100 for 580 horses. The average of $271,270 increased 71.7 percent from $157,921 reported in 2010, while the median of $140,000 rose 40 percent from $100,000 last year.
A weanling filly by Tapit brought $700,000 from Demi O'Byrne to be the session's second-highest price. Consigned by Three Chimneys Sales, agent for John and Marsha Antonelli, the filly is out of the Unbridled mare Piedras Negras and a half-sister to Victory Ride Stakes (G3) winner La Traviata.
Robert 'Shell' Evans paid $620,000 for the five-year-old mare Minishaft, in foal to Tale of the Cat, from his brother's dispersal. Out of the Alydar mare Minidar, Minishaft is a half-sister to 2010 Jim Dandy (G2) winner A Little Warm.
“My brother was magic; you can see that in the sale here. It's just unbelievable,” Evans said. “It's amazing what he accomplished. It was a lifelong work for him. It's very hard (watching the dispersal). We first came to Keeneland in 1965 and bought some mares in partnership. We were kids. So it's hard to lose him. He was an inspiration to me in a lot of ways.”
The November Sale continues through Thursday, November 17. Sessions begin daily at 10 a.m. ET.

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