Curlin Weanling Filly Snares Bid of $775,000 at Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale

(Curlin weanling filly snares bid of $775,000 at Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Larry Best’s OXO Equine paid $775,000 for a weanling filly by Curlin, a half-sister to Grade 3 winner The Tabulator consigned by Indian Creek, agent, to lead another active day of trade on Friday at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale. The filly’s price is the highest paid for a weanling sold this year at public auction in North America.

Today at Keeneland, 232 horses grossed $31,527,500, for an average of $135,894 and a median of $105,000.

Cumulatively, 634 horses have sold for $139,307,000, for an average of $219,727 and a median of $150,000.

“The quality today reflected the same quality we had yesterday,” Keeneland Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell said. “We had a good cross section of international and domestic buyers. The weanling market was very strong today, again spread between both end users and pinhookers. It was a good day, and we finished Book 2 very well.”

Frank Taylor of Taylor Made was on the phone with Best while the session-topping Curlin filly was in the sales ring.

“He already looked at her and had me bid,” Taylor said. “She’s a nice filly. He loved her and she had a great walk, everything we wanted. I was hoping (the price would be) a little less, but you never get those good ones like that.”

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

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