11/13/2016 8:35PM

Keeneland November: Book 3 ends with declines

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The pattern of gains in a book’s opening session and declines during its second day continued into Book 3 of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, with decreased returns during Sunday’s trade.

The session saw 233 horses sold for revenues of $10,147,000, down 14 percent from the sixth session of the 2015 edition, when 238 horses changed hands for $11,750,000.

The average sale price fell 12 percent to $43,549 from $49,370, while the median dipped 13 percent to $35,000 from $40,000. Sunday’s buyback rate finished at 30 percent, up from 28 percent during last year’s comparable session.

While figures were down for the market at large, the five horses to sell for $200,000 or more on Sunday surpassed the two to do so during the comparable session last year. The number of six-figure transactions fell to 22 from 25.

Triton Stables purchased session-topper Moonlight Sky for $240,000.

The 3-year-old Sky Mesa filly, who sold as a racing or broodmare prospect, has won one of nine starts for earnings of $106,099.

A $285,000 purchase out of the 2014 Keeneland September yearling sale, Moonlight Sky initially ran for owner John Oxley and trainer Mark Casse. She most recently finished second by a half-length in a Churchill Downs allowance race on Nov. 5.

Bred in Kentucky by Clearsky Farms, Moonlight Sky is out of the unplaced Deputy Minister mare Vargas Girl, whose five winners from six foals to race includes Grade 3 winner Sky Girl, also by Sky Mesa. Her extended family includes Grade 1 winner Bevo, Grade 2 winners Wilburn and Beethoven, and Grade/Group 3 winners Moonlight Sonata and Tasmanian Moment.

Denali Stud consigned Moonlight Sky, as agent.

The session-topping weanling was an Uncle Mo filly who sold to Northface Bloodstock for $180,000.

The bay filly is out of the unraced El Corredor mare Savviest, whose first foal to race is a winner in Japan.

Bred in Kentucky by A. T. Brede and Ashford Stud, the filly is from the family of Grade 1 winners Tactical Cat and Skip Trial. She was consigned by James B. Keogh, agent.

Darley resident Hard Spun was Sunday’s top covering sire by gross, with four in-foal mares bringing $402,000. He was also the leading covering sire by average sale price among those with three or more sold, at $100,500.

Taylor Made Sales Agency was the day’s leading consignor, with 26 horses sold for $1,336,000. Sallusto and Albina, as agent for Fascinating Rock mares, were the leading buyers by gross, with two purchases totaling $350,000.

At the close of Book 3, a total of 1,154 horses changed hands for $179,956,200, down 6 percent from the same point at last year’s sale, when 1,206 horses sold for $190,528,000.

The cumulative average sale price was down 1 percent to $155,941 from $157,983, while the median showed a 6 percent decline to $75,000 from $80,000. The buyback rate of 31 percent was up from 28 percent at the same point in 2015.

The Keeneland November sale continues daily through Nov. 20, with sessions beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern.

For complete sale results, click here.