11/18/2016 5:44PM

Keeneland November: Courageisamajority tops Book 6 at $125,000


The single-day Book 6 of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale finished on Friday with an increased gross, but mild declines in average and median, topped by the $125,000 broodmare Courageisamajority.

A total of 211 horses sold on Friday for revenues of $1,976,200, up 13 percent from last year’s 11th session when 175 horses brought $1,754,500.

While bulk figures were up, the average sale price declined 7 percent to $9,366 from $10,026. The median fell 17 percent to $5,000 from $6,000, while the buyback rate dropped to 22 percent from 26 percent.

One horse surpassed the six-figure price threshold on Friday, outperforming last year’s 11th session. The number of horses sold for $50,000 or more rose to five from three.

Richard Schibell bought session-topper Courageisamajority, in foal to Carpe Diem from his first book of mares, for $125,000.

Bred in New York by Gallagher’s Stud, Courageisamajority, a 4-year-old Medaglia d’Oro filly,  is out of the multiple Grade 3-winning Chester House mare Hostess, whose two foals to race are both winners. Hostess is a half-sister to Grade 2-placed Pretty ‘n Smart, who is herself the dam of Grade 2 winner Cupid, Grade 3 winners Heart Ashley and Ashley’s Kitty, and stakes winner Indianapolis.

Courageisamajority won 2 of 9 career starts for earnings of $112,419, running for owner Sagamore Farm and trainer Graham Motion. She was consigned at the Keeneland November sale by Upson Downs Farm, as agent.

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The session’s top weanling, and overall second-most expensive offering, was a first-crop Cairo Prince filly who sold to Dubois Bloodstock for $65,000.

The dark bay or brown filly is out of the unplaced Malibu Moon mare Nakiska Moon, who is the dam of four winners from five foals to race. She is from the family of 1995 Breeders’ Cup winner Desert Stormer.

The filly was bred in Kentucky by Mr. and Mrs. Troy Reed, and was consigned by Bill Murphy, as agent.

Debuting stallion Carpe Diem of WinStar Farm was the session’s leading covering sire by gross, with the lone $125,000 transaction of the session-topper. The top covering sire by average sale price among those with three or more in-foal mares sold was another WinStar resident, Fed Biz, whose three mares sold brought an average of $21,333.

Lane’s End was the day’s top consignor by gross, with 22 horses bringing $255,800. Schibell was the leading buyer, with the singular purchase of the session topper.

At the end of 11 sessions, a total of 2,382 horses changed hands for $213,684,200, trailing last year’s sale by 2 percent, when 2,375 horses brought $217,740,000.

The average sale price was down 2 percent at $89,708 from $91,680, while the median declined 6 percent to $32,000 from $34,000. The buyback rate of 27 percent tracked slightly higher than the 25 percent at the same point in 2015.

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