Keeneland November Top Lot 279 Pure Clan
Keeneland November Top Lot 279 Pure Clan

Keeneland November Top Lot $4.5 million - Hip 279 Pure Clan

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KEENELAND NOVEMBER BREEDING STOCK SALE

6 - 16 November 2012

The Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, which concluded an 11-day run Friday in Lexington, was always going to have a hard time matching up with a 2011 predecessor bolstered by two major dispersals. So when the last horse went through the ring and final numbers were calculated, sale officials declared themselves satisfied with the overall performance of the world’s biggest bloodstock auction. In all, 2,414 horses sold for $143,025,600. The resulting average of $59,248 was down 27.4%, while the median of $22,000 was down a modest 8.3%. The RNA rate was 23.3%.

“It was a very good sale from start to finish,” said Keeneland’s Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell. “I’d say it’s been a very true market. The top end was stronger than anticipated, and there were a lot more players at the top end than people anticipated. International participation was strong, and all the usual players and all the usual countries were here. I think the foundations we’ve laid down, both here and at Keeneland September, bodes very well for horse racing.”

Topping the sale at $4.5million was Pure Clan (Pure Prize), who sold in foal to Bernardini to Borges Torrealba Holdings’ Goncalo Torrealba. Pure Clan was consigned by John Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales, which enjoyed a very successful November run. Hill ‘n’ Dale also sold the auction’s co-second-highest-priced horse, the $4.2-millionChanging Skies (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells), a brilliantly bred graded winner who was offered in foal to Street Cry (Ire). Matching that price was the Taylor Made-consigned Plum Pretty (Medaglia d’Oro). Whisper Hill Farm’s Mandy Pope signed for last year’s GI Kentucky Oaks heroine a day after securing Havre de Grace (Saint Liam) at Fasig-Tipton for $10million, a record for a broodmare prospect at public auction. It was the first time since 2007 that Keeneland November saw three horses bring in excess of $4million.

“We knew those mares would bring a premium, but they brought even a bigger premium than we thought they would,” admitted Russell.

Prices at the very top of the market indeed exceeded almost every prediction, and the strength at that level helped offset, at least partly, those audacious 2011 figures. Last year, the late Ned Evans’ Spring Hill Farm dispersal, ultimately the highest-grossing dispersal in North American history, saw 170 head bring over $55.8 million, while Saud bin Khaled’s Palides Investments dispersal grossed over $17.9 million and accounted for the sale-topping, $8.5 million Royal Delta (Empire Maker). In total, there were 23 horses who made $1million or more in 2011, 16 of which were from the dispersals.

When the dispersal figures are removed, the totals, year-over-year figures, predictably match up much more favorably. In 2012, 2,414 horses grossed $143,025,600, up 5.4% percent from last year when 2,354 horses brought $135,752,200. The average price of $59,248 rose 2.7% percent from 2011’s $57,669, while the median increased 10% from $20,000 to $22,000.

Top Broodmares / Broodmare Prospects

Hip

Name

Sire

Dam

Status

Price ($)

279

PURE CLAN

Pure Prize

Gather The Clan (General Assembly)

i/f Bernardini

4,500,000

96

PLUM PRETTY

Medaglia d’Oro

Liszy (A.P. Indy)

r/b’ mare prospect

4,200,000

374

CHANGING SKIES

Sadler’s Wells

Magnificent Style (Silver Hawk)

r/b’ mare prospect

4,200,000

24

HARMONIUS

Dynaformer

Jade Tree (Storm Cat)

b’ mare prospect

2,800,000

149

ZAZU

Tapit

Rhumb Line (Mr Greeley)

b’ mare prospect

2,100,000

112

SHOTGUN GULCH

Thunder Gulch

Rosieville (Boston Harbor)

i/f Bernardini

1,600,000

76

NEGLIGEE

Northern Afleet

Naughty Notions (Relaunch)

i/f Distorted Humor

1,250,000

Top Weanlings

Hip

Sex

Sire

Dam

Price ($)

280

Colt

War Front

Questress

800,000

95

Filly

Galileo

Piste Noire

625,000

346

Colt

Looking At Lucky

Yesterday

500,000

379

Filly

Giant’s Causeway

Crystal Shard

450,000

176

Colt

Quality Road

Charming Tale

410,000

364

Colt

Harlan’s Holiday

Breathtaking

400,000

253

Colt

More Than Ready

Miss Lavina

400,000

274

Filly

Bernardini

Promenade Girl

360,000

343

Filly

Tapit

Winning Call

350,000

200

Filly

Street Cry

Gabriellina Giof

350,000

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Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News

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