It’s the old adage that quality sells. The filly comes from an exceptional family that everyone wants to get into. It’s hard to get into. We told people this would be the only opportunity they would get to buy her. She’ll never be resold.
— Geoffrey Russell / Keeneland Director of Sales

Led by a $3.9 million mare and a North American record $3 million weanling, Book 1 closed at Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale Wednesday with continued evidence of a vibrant market for high-end Thoroughbreds. “It was a heck of a session today”, Keeneland Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell said succinctly when the curtain fell.

Building on the first sessions momentum, Day 2 saw 138 horses traded for $54,454,000, an average of $394,594. That was a 15% boost from last year’s session two average. The session median of $235,000 was up 6.8%, while the session RNA was 22.5% from 40 horses not sold. Last year’s session RNA was 19.9%. Cumulative figures are now roughly equal to last year’s numbers. In total, 273 horses sold in Book 1 for $95,852,000. The $351,106 average was down 1.8%, while the median of $200,000 was down a more substantial 9%. The cumulative RNA is 24%; last year it was 20.4%.

Current-year figures were especially encouraging considering the 2013 sale was propelled by the E. Paul Robsham Stables dispersal and, to a lesser degree, the dispersal of Eric Kronfelds Equine Holdings. The 2014 November Sale doesn’t include any significant dispersals. Topping yesterday’s session, and the sale so far, was the $3.9 million Aloof (by Galileo), a group winning daughter of champion Airwave  who sold in foal to War Front. Whisper Hill Farms' Mandy Pope beat out representatives of Moyglare Stud Farm for the 5-year-old mare.

Maybe the star of the show, however, was a weanling Tapit filly from Serena’s Cat who sold to Bridlewood Farms' George Isaacs for $3 million, a North American record for a weanling. Pope was the direct underbidder. Hill n Dale Farm co-bred the filly with Dell Ridge Farm. The filly was the second-highest yesterday, edging out another Hill n Dale-sold horse, the $2.85 million broodmare Modeling (by Tapit), who sold in foal to Distorted Humor to Don Alberto Corp. The record filly’s great granddam is the Hall of Famer Serena’s Song.

"It’s the old adage that quality sells", said Russell. "The filly comes from an exceptional family that everyone wants to get into. It’s hard to get into. We told people this would be the only opportunity they would get to buy her. She’ll never be resold."

Keeneland November Sale
Wednesday 5 November 2014
Top Mares

Hip Name Age Status Price ($)
246 ALOOF (Galileo - Airwave) 5 i/f War Front 3,900,000
353 MODELING (Tapit - Teeming) 2 i/f Distorted Humor 2,850,000
377 PEACE PRESERVER (War Front - Preserver) 5 i/f Galileo 1,900,000
382 PRECIOUS STONE (Galileo - Anna Karenina) 5 i/f War Front 1,800,000
272 CIAO BELLA (Giant's Causeway - Bella Bellucci) 5 i/f Speightstown 1,600,000
307 HARD NOT TO LIKE (Hard Spun - Like A Gem Racing) 5 Broodmare Prospect 1,500,000
308 HER SMILE (Include - Hepburn) 5 i/f Tapit 1,500,000
422 STRAWBERRYDAIQUIRI (Dansili - Strawberry Morn) 8 i/f Dubawi 1,450,000
297 FIFTYSHADESOFHAY (Pulpit - Quiet Kim - Real Quiet) 4 Broodmare Prospect 1,300,000
409 SILVER BULLET MOON (Vindication - Silverbulletday) 9 i/f Midnight Lute 1,250,000

Keeneland November Sale
Wednesday 5 November 2014
Top Weanlings

Hip Sex Sire Dam Price ($)
402 Filly Tapit Serena's Cat* 3,000,000
232 Filly Medaglia d'Oro Violent Beauty 850,000
316 Filly Tapit Ithinkisawapudycat 750,000
229 Filly Medaglia d'Oro Verdana Bold 600,000
321 Filly Tapit JZ Warrior 575,000
332 Colt Tapit Lovely Regina 520,000
        * Dam of Noble Tune who stands at Rathmor Stud in KZN

Keeneland November Sale
Session Totals

  2014 2013
Catalogued 238 202
No. Offered 178 161
No. Sold 138 129
RNA's 40 32
% RNA's 22.5% 19.9%
No. $1m+ 11 8
High Price $3,900,000 $3,100,000
Gross $54,454,000 $44,277,000
Average (% change) $394,594 (+15%) $343,233
Median (% change) $235,000 (+6.8%) $220,000

Keeneland November Sale
Cumulative

  2014 2013
Catalogued 447 399
No. Offered 359 304
No. Sold 273 242
RNA's 86 62
% RNA's 24% 20.4%
No. $1m+ 18 14
High Price $3,900,000 $4,000,000
Gross $95,852,000 $86,532,000
Average (% change) $351,106 (-1.8%) $357,570
Median (% change) 200,000 (-9%) $220,000

Extracts from Thoroughbred Daily News/Keeneland (p)

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