Keeneland November Sale Update: Broken Vow Mare, In Foal to Violence, Tops Sunday’s Session

(Ducru, a Broken Vow mare in foal to Violence, tops Sunday’s Session of the Keeneland November Sale / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Ducru, a 4-year-old daughter of Broken Vow in foal to Violence, sold for $300,000 to Grandview LLP to be the most expensive purchase on Sunday during the seventh session of Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale.

Keeneland sold 256 horses on Sunday for a total of $7,733,100 for an average of $30,207 and a median of $18,000. There are no comparable figures from 2017.

Through seven days of the 12-day November Sale, gross sales have reached $172,753,000 for 1,571 horses for an average of $109,964 and a median of $52,000.

The session-topping Ducru is out of the stakes-placed Dixie Union mare Union City and a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Unified. She is from the family of champion Dehere.

With the purchase, Grandview was the day’s leading buyer.

Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, was the session’s leading consignor, selling 18 horses for $1,081,500. Hill ‘n’ Dale consigned the Ducru and the day’s second highest-priced horse, the 3-year-old stakes-winning Pioneerof the Nile filly Princessof the Nyl. Sold to Dixon Enterprises for $200,000, she is out of the Bernardini mare Arabisini and from the family of champion Althea.

Sunday’s top-priced weanling is a colt by Kantharos that sold for $180,000 to Magnolia Farm. Consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent, he is the first foal out of the winning Include mare Cebu, a half-brother to $2 million-earner and Grade 1- and Group 1-placed Neolithic. Their dam is the stakes-winning Victory Gallop mare Swingit.

The November Sale continues Monday with the first of two sessions that make up Book 5, which is highlighted by horses of racing age. The sale ends Friday, Nov. 16, with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. ET. The entire auction is streamed live at Keeneland.com.

I loved how he did it,” said Scott Blasi, chief assistant to trainer Steve Asumssen. “Angel was really happy with him and said, ‘I never asked him to do anything.’”

Gun Runner won the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar Racetrack on Nov. 4 and has been training for the Pegasus World Cup at Fair Grounds in New Orleans. He shipped to Gulfstream Park on Jan. 18 and, following Asmussen’s playbook, had his final breeze over the track he will compete on. Blasi said that Gun Runner handled the shipping to South Florida and the new surface without incident.

“He’s just been really special to us and he continues to do exactly what you want him to do,” Blasi said. “It’s kind of unheard of over a three-year career. I’m just really happy with how he got over the ground. He’s cooling out great and is ready for Saturday.”

Scott Blasi, the assistant trainer of Gun Runner, after the colt put in his final workout in preparation for the Pegasus World Cup Invitational on Saturday, Jan 27 at Gulfstream Park

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