Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale Update: Two Broodmares Sell for $310,000 Each

(Ultimate Cause Sells for $310,000 on Saturday at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Two broodmares purchased for $310,000 apiece led Saturday’s fourth session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale when Green Lantern Stables/Patrick Masson, agent, paid the amount for the Giant’s Causeway mare Ultimate Cause in foal to City of Light and consigned by Bluewater Sales, agent, and Stone Farm spent the sum for Ducru, a daughter of Broken Vow in foal to Good Magic who was consigned by Runnymede Farm, agent.

Keeneland sold 266 horses on Saturday for $14,801,200, for an average of $55,644 and a median of $44,000.

Through four sessions of the 12-day sale, 902 horses have grossed a cumulative $154,683,200, for an average of $171,489 and a median of $100,000.

Ultimate Cause, who is carrying her first foal, is a 6-year-old mare whose dam is stakes winner Supreme, by Empire Maker. She is from the family of Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Monarchos.

Five-year-old Ducru, who is out of the stakes-placed Dixie Union mare Union City, is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Unified. She is from the family of Grade 2 winner Dixie City and stakes winners Win the War and Blue Chipper, the latter third in the recent Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1).

Saturday’s top-priced weanling is a filly by Mastery sold to Alastar Farm for $220,000. Claiborne Farm, agent, consigned the filly, who is out of graded stakes-placed winner Jungle Tale, by Lion Heart.

Runnymede sold two of the day’s five high sellers when Film Idol, an 8-year-old winning daughter of Bernardini in foal to Collected, brought $175,000 from Catherine Parke, agent for Marc Keller. A half-sister to Grade 1 winner Film Maker, Film Idol is from the family of Grade 2 winner Focus Group and stakes winner Dynatail.

Also bringing $175,000 was a weanling colt by Runhappy purchased by Cooper Bloodstock. Moreau Bloodstock Int’l consigned the colt, who is a half-brother to stakes-placed Wilko Rum and from the family of champion and Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Funny Cide and Grade 3 winner Belle of Cozzene. His dam is the winning Pleasant Tap mare Pleasant Smile.

The session’s leading consignor was Taylor Made Sales Agency, which sold 32 horses for $2.050 million.

Baron Thoroughbreds topped buyers by purchasing four horses for $385,000.

The November Sale continues Sunday and runs through Sunday, Nov. 17, with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. ET.

The entire sale is streamed live on

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.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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