The second half of Book 2 at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale closed on Wednesday looking a lot like the first, topped by the $750,000 Miss Exclusive, hailing from the Juddmonte Farm broodmare band.
Wednesday's session saw 231 horses sold for revenues of $33,856,000 for an average sale price of $146,563 and a median of $130,000. The buyback rate finished at 28 percent.
Because of differing catalog arrangements between this year's Keeneland November sale and last year's, session returns are not directly comparable from year-to-year in the early books. Between the two sessions of this year's Book 2, the average sale price was down 6 percent from Tuesday's return of $156,691, while the median was up 4 percent from $125,000.
“I think we're at a very good spot,” said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland's director of sales operations. “I think it's a good thing seeing these local farms buying, replenishing their stock: Mt. Brilliant, Stone Farm, Fred Hertrich, WinStar, Dixiana. It's good to see with the success of the September sale, these people are re-investing in broodmares, which is good and healthy for our industry.”
While Russell lauded the activity by domestic buyers, he also noted that the Australian market had been more active than expected through the sale's first two books.
“The amount of Australians that are here surprised me more than it surprised our Australian representative [Barry Bowditch] and Mark Maronde [Keeneland's director of sales development], who went down there in October,” he said. “We had anticipated we'd get some up here, but I think their participation has been a lot stronger than we had anticipated. American mares have always done very well in Australia, and it delivers a bigger punch down there because there's so few of them, and they do very well.”
At the end of three sessions, a total of 574 horses changed hands for revenues of $125,227,000. The average sale price sat at $218,166, the median was $150,000, and the buyback rate closed at 27 percent.
Mt. Brilliant Farm landed the most expensive prize of Wednesday's session when it went to $750,000 to secure Hip 898, Miss Exclusive, a Juddmonte Farm-homebred broodmare.
The 6-year-old Unbridled's Song mare was offered pregnant to Noble Mission for what would be her second foal. She had a colt by the same sire in 2017.
Miss Exclusive raced twice, both times at Ellis Park as a 3-year-old for trainer Bill Mott. After finishing sixth in her debut, she returned to win her second and final start by 1 1/4 lengths, going a mile and a sixteenth on the turf.
Miss Exclusive is out of the champion turf mare Intercontinental, whose four winners from seven runners also includes stakes-placed Abseil. Her second dam is the cornerstone Juddmonte broodmare Hasili, who had a quintet of Grade/Group 1 winners: European champion Banks Hill, Canadian Horse of the Year Champs Elysees, Cacique, Heat Haze, and the aforementioned Intercontinental. Hasili also had the G2 winner and prominent sire Dansili.
“We'd been looking at her for a few days, and we tried to buy some of the family from Juddmonte at Tattersalls the year before last and we got outbid,” said Greg Goodman of Mt. Brilliant Farm. “We've wanted to be in the family and get a mare like this for a long time. We're excited to get that.
“Noble Mission is a great cross, that she's bred to now, but I haven't figured out who I'm going to breed to her yet,” Goodman continued. “We'll breed her here and keep her here, and hopefully get some good racehorses out of her.”
Mill Ridge Sales consigned Miss Exclusive as agent for the Juddmonte operation.
“Anytime you see Hasili on a page, it's just something extraordinary, and it's only from Juddmonte,” said Headley Bell of Mill Ridge. “That's the beauty of Juddmonte, it's so rich with quality, and it's rare that it's offered up publicly.”
Solis/Litt Buys Weanling Tapit Colt For $380,000
Wednesday's top weanling came late in the session when bloodstock agency Solis/Litt bought Hip 1013, a Tapit colt, on behalf of an unnamed partnership for $380,000.
The dark bay or brown colt, born April 9, is out of the stakes-placed Candy Ride mare Sweet Dreams, whose first foal is an unraced 2-year-old. The extended family includes English Horse of the Year Dayjur, champion sprinter Gold Beauty, G1 winner Maplejinsky, G2 winners The Prime Minister and Strike Charmer, and multiple classic-placed Impeachment.
“He was a beautiful horse, and he's by Tapit,” said Solis/Litt's Madison Scott, who initially scouted the horse for the agency. “He walks well, great frame.”
Hidden Brook consigned the colt, as agent.
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