11/16/2017 7:51PM

Keeneland November: Book 5 posts declines

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Camryn's Gem tops Thursday's session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, selling for $110,000.

A move into lower-market offerings in Book 5 of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale saw trade slightly lose pace with last year, showing book-to-book declines from the 2016 edition.

The two sessions that comprised Book 5 finished with 463 horses sold for revenues of $6,838,700, down 11 percent from last year’s comparable days of trade when 476 horses brought $7,697,000.

Book 5’s average sale price declined 9 percent to $14,770 from $16,170, while the median remained unchanged at $10,000. The buyback rate fell slightly to 25 percent compared with 26 percent during the same part of the sale last year.

The top of the market remained fairly consistent, with six-figure purchases keeping steady at four, horses sold for $75,000 declining to seven from nine, and purchases surpassing the $50,000 threshold dropping to 24 from 25.

The Keeneland November sale’s 10th session finished on Thursday with 235 horses sold for $2,886,300, falling 14 percent from the Book 5 closer in 2016 when 247 horses brought $3,336,700. The average sale price dropped 9 percent to $12,282 from $13,509, the median declined 17 percent to $7,500 from $9,000, and the buyback rate rose to 26 percent from 24 percent.

Thursday’s session-topper was Camryn’s Gem, a placed Unbridled’s Song mare who sold pregnant to Wicked Strong to Calumet Farm for $110,000.

The 6-year-old Camryn’s Gem has had two foals, with the oldest being a Tale of the Cat yearling who sold for $47,000 at this year’s Keeneland September yearling sale. She is herself out of the winning Woodman mare Rubywood, whose six winners from 10 runners includes Grade 3-placed Tale of Vienna and stakes-placed Nijinsky’s Song, the latter of which is a full brother to Camryn’s Gem.

Bred in Kentucky by Sha-Li Leasing Associates, Camryn’s Gem’s second dam is the Nijinsky II mare Ruby Slippers, a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Glitterman and the dam of champion Rubiano and stakes winner Tap Your Heels. The latter is the dam of Grade 1 winner and commercial powerhouse sire Tapit. Others on the page include champion Summer Bird and Grade 2 winners Madefromlucky, In Tune, and Dubleo.

On the racetrack, Camryn’s Gem was winless in 11 starts, but finished second on three occasions, earning $34,046.

Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency consigned the mare, as agent.

The day’s most expensive weanling was a Dialed In colt who also went to Calumet Farm for $65,000.

The dark bay or brown colt is the third foal out of the winning Include mare Pajama Bottom, whose first foal has raced. The extended family includes Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Unbridled Elaine, Grade 1 winner Glitter Woman, and Grade 2 winner Lead Story.

Cave Brook Farm bred the colt in Kentucky, and he was consigned as agent by Shawhan Place. The breeder purchased Pajama Bottom for $2,500 at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale.

A pair of young stallions tied for Thursday’s leading covering sire honors by gross, each bringing $110,000.

Darby Dan Farm resident Tapiture had four pregnant mares sell on Thursday, led by Aunt Els, a Consolidator mare who sold to Xmen Group for $50,000. Tapiture was also the day’s leading covering sire by average among those with three or more mares sold, at $27,500.

Wicked Strong, a stallion at Spendthrift Farm, also tied for the highest gross for a covering sire, based on the lone strength of the session-topper.

Gainesway finished the day as the leading consignor by gross, with 20 horses sold for $260,800. The operation was led by a weanling Majesticperfection colt who sold to P C D Stable for $57,000.

Calumet Farm was the day’s leading buyer, with four purchases totaling $229,000, including the day’s top mare and weanling.

At the end of Book 5 of 6, a total of 2,197 horses changed hands for $200,620,600, down 5 percent from the same point last year when 2,171 horses had traded for $211,708,000. The average sale price trailed the previous year by 6 percent at $91,316 from $97,516, the median was even at $40,000, and the buyback rate was down to 24 percent from 28 percent.

The Keeneland November sale concludes with Book 6, with Friday and Saturday sessions beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern.

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