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

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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