08/18/2016 5:38PM

Conquest Stables to disperse stock at Keeneland November sale

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Barbara D. Livingston
Grade 1 winner My Conquestadory, in foal to leading sire Tapit, is among 114 Conquest Stables horses to be sold this fall.

Conquest Stables, a prominent owner on the track and buyer in the auction market, will have a complete dispersal of racing and breeding stock at this year’s Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

The operation of Highland Park, Ill., residents Ernie Semersky and Dory Newell was founded in 2012, and has since compiled honors, including two Sovereign Award winners, victories including the Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades Stakes, and seven Breeders’ Cup starters.

Conquest Stables finished as North America’s 32nd leading owner by earnings in 2014, climbed to 18th in 2015, and currently sits in 13th in 2016.

“Since we began, our horses have won at a 22 percent clip, and have finished in the money 57 percent of the time,” Semersky said. “And with mares like My Conquestadory in the breeding shed, and with 44 exciting 2-year-olds in our barn, we feel like the best is yet to come.

“Unfortunately, because of personal reasons, we have decided to step back from racing at this time,” he continued. “But we feel these up-and-coming horses would be at home in any international racing stable.”

The dispersal will include 114 horses, featuring 61 racing/stallion prospects, 41 racing/broodmare prospects, seven pregnant broodmares, and five weanlings.

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Among the horses on offer are Grade 1 winner My Conquestadory, in foal to leading sire Tapit; her weanling Tapit colt, Sovereign Award winner Conquest Typhoon, Grade 2 winner and Sovereign Award finalist Conquest Daddyo, Grade 1-placed Conquest Eclipse, multiple stakes winner Conquest Enforcer, and notable 2-year-olds Conquest Vivi, Conquest Wildcat, and Conquest Sure Shot.

Lane’s End will act as consignor for Conquest Stable. The operation handled the highest-grossing Thoroughbred dispersal in North American history as agent for the Edward P. Evans dispersal, which sold 221 horses for $62.3 million throughout 2011 and 2012.

“It’s a privilege to be asked to represent Conquest Stables, and we are sure the buying public will be impressed by the number of proven horses and potential stars in the dispersal,” said Bill Farish of Lane’s End. “It’s a dynamic group of athletes.”