11/17/2017 3:37PM

Keeneland November: Conveyance filly leads penultimate session


After staying competitive with last year’s edition of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale through the first five books, Book 6 of the current renewal indicated a softness in the bottom of the market, posting sharp declines across the board between comparable sessions. A weanling filly from the first crop of Conveyance topped the session at $50,000.

Friday’s session closed with 112 horses sold for revenues of $714,000, down 64 percent from last year’s 11th day of trade when 211 horses brought $1,976,200. The average sale price dropped 32 percent to $6,375 from $9,366, the median fell 30 percent to $3,500 from $5,000, and the buyback rate rose sharply to 37 percent from 22 percent.

Only the session topper sold for $50,000 or more, compared to five to do so last year on Day 11. Horses exceeding the $25,000 threshold fell to seven from 16.

Joel Zawitz bought Friday’s session-topping Conveyance filly. The bay filly is out of the winning Successful Appeal mare Appealing Diva, who is the dam of one winner from two starters. Her extended family includes champion Indian Blessing and Grade 3 winners Rocket Twentyone and Roman Threat.

Douglas Arnold, who stands sire Conveyance at his Buck Pond Farm in Versailles, Ky., bred and consigned the filly. Arnold had purchased Appealing Diva, as agent, as a short yearling for $4,000 at the 2009 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale. The filly sold Friday is the mare’s second to be offered at public auction, following the Uncle Mo colt Everado, who brought $130,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale.

The day’s most expensive broodmare, and second-highest overall price, was Renown, a placed Street Cry mare who sold in foal to Morning Line to Grand Oaks for $45,000.

The 4-year-old was offered in the midst of her first pregnancy after placing in one of seven starts and earning $16,206. She was owned during her racing career by G. Watts Humphrey Jr. and trained by Rusty Arnold.

A homebred for Humphrey, Renown is out of the Humphrey-bred stakes-placed Storm Cat mare Miss Kate, whose seven winners from nine runners includes stakes winners Outplay, Raconteur, and Katerbug. Further down the page is Belmont Stakes winner Creme Fraiche, as well as Grade 1 winners Dream Deal, Clear Mandate, Strong Mandate, and Romantic Vision.

Lane’s End consigned Renown, as agent.

WinStar Farm resident Daredevil was Friday’s top covering sire by gross, with three pregnant mares sold for $47,500. He was also the day’s leading covering sire by average among those with three or more mares sold, at $15,833. The most expensive offering in foal to Daredevil was Classic Romance, a Circular Quay mare who sold to Stuart Angus of Taylor Made Sales Agency, as agent, for $25,000.

Select Sales was the session’s top consignor by gross, with 22 horses sold for $142,800. Leading the charge was Maggi O’Prado, a Paddy O’Prado mare who sold in foal to Tale of the Cat to Meredith Krupp, agent, for $25,000.

Zawitz was Friday’s leading buyer, on the strength of his lone purchase of the session-topper.

With 11 sessions in the books, a total of 2,309 horses have changed hands for $201,334,600, down 6 percent from the same point in 2016 when 2,382 horses traded for $213,684,200. The average sale price was behind 3 percent to $87,196 from $89,708, the median was ahead 9 percent at $35,000 from $32,000, and the buyback rate sat at 24 percent compared with 27 percent.

The Keeneland November sale’s final session begins at 10 a.m. Eastern on Saturday.