Keeneland November Sale Update: Dialed In Weanling Tops Monday Session

(Lane’s End was leading consignor at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale on Monday / Photo by Gene McLean)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Brookstone Farm paid the session-topping price of $145,000 for a weanling colt by Dialed In whose half-sister is Grade 2-placed Belle Laura during Monday’s eighth session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

On Monday, Keeneland sold 234 horses that grossed $5,197,600 for an average of $22,212 and a median of $14,500. There are no comparable figure from 2017.

Cumulatively, 1,805 horses have brought a total of $177,950,600 for an average of $98,588 and a median of $45,000.

Consigned by Frankfort Park Farm, agent, the Dialed In weanling colt is out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Belle Chaussee and from the family of French highweight and Group 1 winner Elusive City and stakes winner Crimson China. Half-sister Belle Laura was third in Keeneland’s JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2) in October before running in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) at Churchill Downs.

The horses of racing age portion of the session produced the day’s second highest-priced horse when BG Stables and David Meah Racing paid $110,000 for the 3-year-old War Front colt War Chest, the final horse in the ring. Consigned by Lane’s End, agent, War Chest is out of the Ghostzapper mare Wine Princess, a Grade 2 winner whose dam of Horse of the Year Azeri.

David Meah of Meah-Lloyd Bloodstock signed the ticket for War Chest. He said the maiden winner would resume racing at Santa Anita for trainer Anna Meah, his wife.

“We got him under budget, and we are happy,” Meah said. “He is the one horse of the day we wanted. If he wins (allowance races in California), he will make his money back in two races. If we get super lucky and get some black type, we have a chance to do things in the future (with him at stud). BG Stables stands stallions in California.”

In the horses of racing age section at last year’s November Sale, Meah, as agent, paid $190,000 for Next Shares, who won Keeneland’s $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) in October.

“He helped us a lot,” Meah said about Next Shares, who next ran in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) at Churchill. “He proved we can find extreme value in a tough market. I have a great team. They are the ones out there searching day in and day out. I just get to see the short list and make the final decision.”

Bringing $100,000 from Dundrum Farm was a weanling filly by Goldencents from the family of Group 1 winner Shadeed and Grade 2 winner Sharp Humor. Consigned by Crowning Point agent, she is out of the Devil His Due mare Past Due.

Dundrum Farm was the session’s leading buyer, spending $185,000 for two horses.

ERJ Racing paid $85,000 for the day’s top-priced broodmare, Holidays Saratoga, a 5-year-old daughter of Harlan’s Holiday in foal to Will Take Charge. Fairlawn consigned Holidays Saratoga, a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Heart Stealer who is out of the stakes-winning Distorted Humor mare Saratoga Humor.

Lane’s End, agent, was the session’s leading consignor, selling 14 horses for $665,000.

The November Sale continues Tuesday with the second of two sessions that make up Book 5, which features horses of racing age. The sale ends Friday 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.”

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