(Photo is of Mrs. Hudson; courtesy of Keeneland)
The Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale is considered to be the best, deepest, and most diverse Thoroughbred Sale in the world. Monday was another reason to validate that opinion.
On Monday — the seventh, as in 7th, day of the sale — two broodmares went for $200,000 each to highlight the bidding and top the sale’s session.
Two broodmares – multiple Grade 1 winner Intangaroo, in foal to Silent Name (JPN), and Mrs. Hudson, in foal to Midshipman, sold for $200,000 apiece.
Keeneland sold 292 horses on Monday for $9,311,900, down 29.57 percent from the comparable session in 2016 when 254 horses sold for $13,221,100. Today’s average of $31,890 decreased 38.73 percent from $52,052 last year. The median of $22,000 was 18.52 percent below $27,000 recorded in 2016. Last year’s seventh session included the sale of 35 horses of racing age in the fillies’ portion of the Complete Dispersal of Conquest Stables for $4,321,500.
Through seven sessions of the 12-day sale, Keeneland has sold 1,464 horses for $183,607,400, down 4.95 percent from the $193,177,300 paid for 1,408 horses through the same period in 2016. The average of $125,415 declined 8.59 percent from last year’s $137,200, while the median of $62,000 is 4.62 percent below $65,000 in 2016.
Aaron Sones acquired Intangaroo, a 13-year-old daughter of Orientate out of the stakes-winning Tasso mare Tasso’s Magic Roo. Intangaroo won the Humana Distaff (G1), Ballerina (G1) and Santa Monica (G1) during her racing career. She was consigned by Adena Springs.
“We love this mare very much, and in fact we waited all the books to buy her,” said Marie Yoshida, who signed the ticket. “Yes (we expected the price). Unfortunately expensive, but we had no choice. You have to sometimes accept the market.”
Ontario-based Anderson Farms purchased Mrs. Hudson, a 5-year-old daughter of Street Cry (IRE) out of Grade 2 winner Sara Louise, by Malibu Moon. She was consigned by Godolphin.
“She’s going to Canada, so I hope she brought her long johns,” David Anderson said. “We’ll just figure out a proper mating for her and hope to develop her into a nice mare someday. I wanted the mare first and we’ll worry about the stallion next.
“There are some tremendous pedigrees there (among the Godolphin mares offered at the November Sale). If you can get a physical along with it, it’s great. Everyone’s got an opportunity to get into some great families. I’ve been waiting around here for two days for that one. I’m not sure who I was bidding against, but he didn’t want to let up. But that’s what the good ones cost.”
Anderson Farms purchased two horses for $330,000 to lead the session’s buyers.
Godolphin was the leading consignor with sales of $1,365,000 for 22 horses.
David Meah, agent for Abbondanza Racing, paid $180,000 for Fuerza, a 4-year-old filly by War Front from the family of champion Lost in the Fog consigned by Claiborne Farm, agent. The filly, a half-sister to stakes winner Rose Tree, has won her past two races on the East Coast, capturing her maiden at Suffolk on Sept. 2 and an allowance at The Meadowlands on Oct. 28. Meah said she will resume her racing career in Southern California with trainer Richard Baltas.
“She’s one filly we’ve been following for a little bit of time now,” Meah said. “Her races keep getting better. She’s got the pedigree to back up all her credentials, so we’re really excited.”
Abbondanza Racing is a partnership that campaigned 2017 Grade 2 winner Goodyearforroses (IRE). Meah said the partnership looks to buy older fillies to race for a year or two, earn black type and resell as broodmare prospects.
“We came here with the intention to buy 8-10 (horses),” Meah said. “It’s been hard, but if you just be patient there are plenty of good horses here.”
Summer Front, represented by his first foals this year, is the sire of Monday’s top-priced weanling, a colt from the family of multiple Grade 1 winner Bolt d’Oro, third in this year’s Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), sold to Davant Latham, agent, for $170,000. Latham said he purchased the colt for a partnership that would resell him.
“(He’s by an) exciting young first-year stallion by War Front – the sky’s the limit,” Latham said. “(The catalog update resulting from) Bolt d’Oro certainly had a play. The horse had a beautiful walk; (he is a) well-prepared, nice horse who I think is going to grow and finish well.”
St. George Sales, agent, consigned the colt out of the First Samurai mare Samurai’s Honor from the family of multiple Grade 3 winner Trip and stakes winners Passport, Sonic Mule and Recruiting Ready.
Latham said competition among weanling buyers has been strong.
“It is very difficult to buy; I find you’re having to pay yearling prices,” he said. “I have been outbid by several end users, in particular a couple of end users that breed many of their own horses and surprisingly are reaching down into weanlings to buy horses.”
Tapiture, also represented by his first foals this year, is the sire of the session’s second- and third-highest-priced weanlings, both colts. K. Bloodstock went to $150,000 to acquire a son of the Officer mare Maggie R consigned by Darby Dan Farm, agent.
“We thought he was a great physical,” said Florida-based pinhooker Jimmy Gladwell, who signed the ticket. “We’re looking for some good colts to resell next year. He’s got a lot of growing to do, (but had a) great walk, great balance. Everything about him we liked.
“There’s been a lot of competition for the good foals,” he added. “The pinhookers did real well last year – a lot of sharp people around. It’s a great market for everybody. Competition is good for the business.”
Bluewater Sales, agent, consigned the Tapiture colt sold to Clear Ridge Stables for $130,000. Out of the Rockport Harbor mare Double Harbor, he is a half-brother to Sky Writer, third in the Oct. 26 Indiana Futurity at Indiana Grand.
“Tapiture is a first-year son of Tapit; he could have a lot of potential,” said Brian Graves, who signed the ticket. “He’s a free-moving colt. Really athletic; had a little stakes update. Weanlings have been expensive and good horses have brought some money. The market has been good. He’s just a nice colt.”
The November Sale continues through Saturday with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. ET. The entire sale is streamed live at Keeneland.com.