10/03/2017 3:10PM

First crop of American Pharoah among 4,145 cataloged for Keeneland November

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Stellar Wind, an Eclipse champion who most recently won the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch, is among the stars on sale at Keeneland November.

Keeneland has cataloged 4,145 horses for its November breeding stock sale, including champion Stellar Wind, popular multiple Grade 1 winner Lady Eli, and several weanlings from the first crop of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

The sale runs over 12 sessions from Tuesday, Nov. 7 through Saturday, Nov. 18. The catalog represents a single-day reduction from the 2016 edition, which had 4,762 horses cataloged over 13 sessions. The catalog is now available online for the auction, and print catalogs will be available the week of Oct. 16.

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Stellar Wind was the Eclipse Award champion 3-year-old filly of 2015 when she won the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks and finished second in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. Last year, she defeated multiple champion Beholder in a pair of Grade 1 events, and this year, owns a trio of Grade 1 victories to establish herself among the leading contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. She will be offered as a racing or broodmare prospect at Keeneland November just a few days after that race. A similar path is being followed by Lady Eli, a five-time Grade 1 winner who is expected to start in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

Other notable names in the catalog include 2016 Kentucky Oaks winner Cathryn Sophia, carrying her first foal, by Pioneerof the Nile. Helena Bay, dam of Pacific Classic winner and Breeders' Cup Classic contender Collected, is one of 17 mares in the catalog offered in foal to American Pharoah.

The Triple Crown winner’s first crop of weanlings is also well represented at Keeneland November, with 22 offerings. The group includes a half-sister to dual classic winner and champion I'll Have Another, a half-brother to Breeders' Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man, a half-brother to multiple Group 1 winner Caravaggio, and weanlings out of Grade 1 winners Ariege, Cat Moves, Harmony Lodge, Joyful Victory, and Life At Ten.

First-year covering sires with mares offered in foal are led by two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, with nine mares in his first book slated to sell.

Keeneland November is also known for offering drafts of racing or stallion prospects. Among the horses in that category are graded stakes winners Airoforce, March, and Stanford, and the active stallion Mr. Sidney, a Grade 1 winner who most recently stood at Walmac.

“Keeneland’s September yearling sale ended less than two weeks ago with exciting results and momentum for the November sale,” Keeneland vice president of racing and sales Bob Elliston said in a release. “The November sale’s myriad of offerings that includes proven producers and exciting young mares, well-bred weanlings, and talented horses of racing age make it an important destination for buyers from across North America and internationally.”