Miss Exclusive, an Unbridled’s Song mare from a powerhouse Juddmonte Farms family in foal to Noble Mission (GB), sold for $750,000 to Marette Farrell, agent for Greg Goodman’s Mt. Brilliant Farm & Ranch, to headline Wednesday’s third session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
During the second day of the two-session Book 2, Keeneland sold 231 horses for $33,856,000 for an average of $146,563 and a median of $130,000. There are no comparable figures from last year.
“Book 2 was a good solid book from start to finish,” Keeneland Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell said. “The quality of mares was excellent, and the foals were unbelievable. Seeing local farms such as Mt. Brilliant, Stone Farm, WinStar and Dixiana buy horses to replenish their stock results from the success of the September Yearling Sale and means people are reinvesting in broodmares, which is good and healthy for our industry.
“Also the Australian market is very active at the moment,” Russell continued.
“Their participation has been a lot stronger than we anticipated. American mares have always been popular in Australia. The Japanese market has continued to be strong even with a different clientele in Book 2. It’s nice to see these legacy markets we’ve worked with over the years continue to participate here.”
Through the first three days of the 12-day sale, a total of 574 horses have sold for $125,227,000 for an average of $218,166 and a median of $150,000.
Mill Ridge Sales, agent, consigned Miss Exclusive, a 6-year-old mare out of North American champion grass mare Intercontinental (GB), by Danehill. A two-time graded stakes winner at Keeneland, Intercontinental is a full sister to French and English highweight and leading sire Dansili (GB), North American champion Banks Hill (GB), Canadian Horse of the Year Champs Elysees (GB) and multiple Grade 1 winner Cacique (IRE). She is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Heat Haze (GB) and Grade 3 winner Deluxe. All are Juddmonte homebreds.
Purple H Bloodstock went to $600,000 to acquire Spindle, a 5-year-old Hard Spun mare in foal to Quality Road. Consigned by James M. Herbener Jr., agent, she is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Long Haul Bay and a full sister to stakes winner Midnight Transfer. Her dam, the Grade 3 winning French Deputy mare French Satin, is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner and sire Lion Heart and Grade 3 winner Connemara.
Theogony, an 8-year-old stakes-winning daughter of Curlin in foal to Quality Road, sold for $500,000 to Mountmellick Farm. Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, she is out of the graded stakes-placed Tale of the Cat mare Upcoming Story and from the family of Group 3 winner Old Star (ARG).
Moyglare Stud of Ireland paid $460,000 for Homeland Security, a 4-year-old daughter of Smart Strike who won the Zagora Stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 28. Cataloged as a racing or broodmare prospect, she is from the family of champion Farda Amiga, European Horse of the Year St. Jovite, and Grade 2 winners Lac Ouimet and Salem Drive. Her dam is the Giant’s Causeway mare Forever Beautiful.
The session’s top-priced weanling was a Tapit colt sold to Solis/Litt for $380,000. Hidden Brook, agent, consigned the colt, who is out of the Candy Ride (ARG) mare Sweet Dreams, a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Strike Charmer (who sold Monday for $700,000 to Marette Farrell, agent for Mt. Brilliant). The colt is from the family of champion Gold Beauty, English Horse of the Year Dayjur, Grade 1 winner Maplejinsky and Grade 2 winner The Prime Minister.
A weanling filly by Into Mischief sold to Spendthrift Farm, where Into Mischief stands, for $360,000. Consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent, she is out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Spring Fling and from the family of Grade 3 winner Swept Away and stakes winners Cash Refund, Early Return and Gladyousawme.
Ben Glass, agent for Gary and Mary West, paid $350,000 for a weanling colt by Quality Road. Consigned by Hidden Brook, agent, he is out of the Tiznow mare Lazy Susan and from the family of Grade 1 winners Lazy Slusan and Last Full Measure.
Stone Farm was the session’s leading buyer with the purchase of two horses for $890,000. Stone paid $450,000 for Assertive, a 4-year-old daughter of Blame in foal to Into Mischief, and $440,000 for My Dear Venezuela, a 5-year-old daughter of Wildcat Heir in foal to Arrogate.
Denali Stud, agent, was the leading consignor with sales of $2,594,000 for 21 horses.