Keeneland November Update: Tapit Mare Snares Top Price During Saturday’s Bidding Wars

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Brad and Misty Grady purchased the 4-year-old Tapit mare K J Warrior in foal to Kantharos for $235,000 to lead Saturday’s sixth session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

The Gradys, who also bought the Empire Maker mare Archangelus for $120,000 and the Mineshaft mare Daring Prospect for $42,000, were the session’s leading buyers with the three purchases for $397,000.

On Saturday, 223 horses sold for a total of $7,236,400 for an average of $32,450 and a median of $20,000. There are no comparable figures from 2017.

Cumulatively, Keeneland has sold 1,316 horses for $165,074,900 for an average of $125,437 and a median of $67,000.

K J Warrior is out of the stakes-winning Harlan’s Holiday mare J Z Warrior, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner A Z Warrior, Grade 2 winner Jojo Warrior and Grade 3 winner E Z Warrior. She was consigned by Summerfield, agent for Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings.

Saturday’s second high seller I’m Pretty Strong, a 3-year-old daughter of Street Cry (IRE) out of Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) winner Shared Account, by Pleasantly Perfect, sold to Boomer Bloodstock for Australian clients for $220,000. Consigned by Upson Downs Farm, agent, I’m Pretty Strong is from the family of Grade 2 winners Sapphire n’ Silk and Shaniko, Grade 3 winner Golden Itiz and stakes winner Colonial Flag.

En Fuego Stables bought the session’s top-priced weanling, paying $145,000 for a filly by Kitten’s Joy. Perrone Sales, agent, consigned the filly, who is out of the winning Honour and Glory mare Sunday Sport and from the family of Grade 1 winner Contredance.

Leading consignor Lane’s End, agent, sold 31 horses on Saturday for $986,000.

The November Sale continues through Friday, Nov. 16, with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. The entire sale is streamed live


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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