It didn’t take long for Keeneland — the world’s premier auction house for Thoroughbreds — to ring the bell.  On Tuesday morning — the first day of the annual, festive and ultra-important November Breeding Stock Sale — Kentucky Oaks winner Cathryn Sophia was sold for the “big buyer” price of $2.3 million.

Cathryn Sophia, in foal to Pioneerof the Nile, sold to Bridlewood Farm and Don Alberto for $2.3 million less than an hour after the sale began. Bedouin Bloodstock, agent, consigned Cathryn Sophia, a 4-year-old daughter of Street Boss and the Mineshaft mare Sheave.

“A young (Kentucky) Oaks winner in foal to a nice horse on early cover — what’s not to like?” Bridlewood’s George Isaacs said. “We partnered with Don Alberto. We’re very friendly with them, we’re like-minded, we want to both breed nice horses, race nice horses, sell nice horses — like-minded partners, no-brainer business. It’s a strong market, and obviously if you’re going to play on the upper end of the commercial market, you’re going to have to pay to get the quality that you’re looking for.”

The November Sale’s Hip 1, Weekend Whim, sold for $1.4 million to Summer Wind Equine. The 11-year-old Distorted Humor mare is in foal to Medaglia d’Oro with a full sibling to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) winner New Money Honey.

“She is a producer and my plan this year is to buy mares who have produced,” Summer Wind’s Jane Lyon said. “This looked like a pretty nice opportunity to start my new program. (The price) was a touch more than what I wanted but not more than I expected. Generally speaking, I sell my foals but I have started to keep a few fillies.”

Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, consigned Weekend Whim, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Any Given Saturday. She is out of the A.P. Indy mare Weekend In Indy.

“That (price was) right what we expected,” Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made said. “We were lucky we had a really good horse as number one. I think the people that bought her made a good buy; that was a solid value. They bought a mare that’s carrying a full (sibling) to a horse like New Money Honey. If they get the right kind of foal, they might get their money back in one foal.”