11/19/2010 5:19PM

Average, median plunge more than 35 percent following Keeneland's next-to-last session

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Lynn Roberts
The stallion prospect More Than Rich (left), second to Gold Wonder in the March 2009 Lacombe Memorial at Fair Grounds, sold for $37,000 on Friday.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Friday’s penultimate session at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale ended with precipitous drops as average and median plummeted by more than 35 percent.

The day’s highest price was $37,000. Two horses hit that level. The first was the Susan Forrester agency’s weanling colt by first-crop sire Ready’s Image, purchased by Stoney Lane Farm. The dark bay or brown son of Naughtier, by Wild Zone, is a half-brother to the winner Punkin Roller. The second horse to sell for $37,000 was the 6-year-old stallion prospect Get Rich Quick, a Seeking the Gold horse sold to S A Enterprises. The Brookdale sales agency consigned the horse, a son of Strawberry Road’s daughter Danka. The gray or roan stallion is a three-quarter brother to graded-placed Much Obliged and a half-brother to Grade 3 winner Bedanken, Grade 2-placed Free Thinking, and stakes-placed Clear in the West and Gyrovagi.

Get Rich Quick is multiple stakes-placed and has bankrolled more than $250,000.

The Friday session ended with 145 horses bringing a combined $702,500, a 41-percent decline from last year’s total at the equivalent session, when 154 horses sold. The 2010 average fell 38 percent down to $4,845, and the median lost 37 percent and ended at $2,200.

Cumulatively through 12 days, the 13-session auction has grossed $146,675,400 for 2,795 horses. That’s 8 percent lower than last year at the same point for 2,648 horses. The 12-day average of $52,478 is down 13 percent, and the $18,000 median is off by 14 percent.

On Thursday, Shadwell Farm’s Grade 3-placed winner Iqbaal sold for the session’s top price of $70,000. Trainer Wesley Ward bought the 4-year-old Iqbaal, a son of Medaglia d’Oro who is out of the Storm Cat mare Queen’s Lady. He is from the family of graded winner Jeano and champion Folklore.

Grand Reward moving to Pennsylvania

Grand Reward, currently standing Southern Hemisphere duty in Argentina, will return to a new North American home for the 2011 breeding season. The 9-year-old Grand Reward, a son of Storm Cat, previously stood at Hill ’n’ Dale Farms in Lexington but will relocate to Ghost Ridge Farms in Felton, Pa., about 35 miles south of Harrisburg. Ghost Ridge, which also recently added Smarty Jones to its roster, will stand Grand Reward with a $4,000 fee next year. That’s down from the $6,500 fee he had this year.

Grand Reward is a son of 1995’s champion 3-year-old filly and $3.2 million earner, Serena’s Song. He is a half-brother to English Group 1 winner Serena’s Tune, Grade 2 winner Harlington, and stakes-placed Arbitrate. He was multiple group-placed overseas before winning the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap in 2005. He has more than $3 million in progeny earnings.

Grand Reward is a top 10 second-crop sire with such graded or group performers as Grand Rapport, Our Donna, Guys Reward, Toruk, and Desquitado, among others in both North and South America.

Ghost Ridge general manager Carl McEntee said the farm expects Grand Reward to arrive in mid-December and will host a stallion show on Jan. 22.

Hill ‘n’ Dale lowers stallion fees

Meanwhile, Hill ’n’ Dale has lowered Stormy Atlantic’s fee from $35,000 to $30,000 and also has cut the 2011 fees for all but one of its other stallions. In addition, the Lexington farm is offering a 10 percent discount for fees paid on or before Nov. 15, 2011.

Only Indygo Shiner remains at his 2010 fee of $7,500.

The other Hill ’n’ Dale stallions advertised this year and their fees are Zensational, from $25,000 to $22,500; Midnight Lute, from $20,000 to $17,500; Roman Ruler, from $20,000 to $15,000; Heatseeker, from $15,000 to $10,000; El Corredor, from $15,000 to $12,500; and Harlington, from $8,500 to $7,500.

One stallion, Harlington, is exempt from the discount offer.

Hill ’n’ Dale also will introduce the graded stakes-winning Tapit colt Concord Point this year for a $7,500 fee.

◗ In other stud fee news, Juddmonte Farms announced Friday that it will stand Mizzen Mast for $12,500 and First Defence for $7,500 in 2011. Both are reductions from 2010 levels. Mizzen Mast stood this year for $15,000 and First Defence had a $12,500 fee.