11/11/2013 9:03PM

Keeneland November: Gains continue at Book 4 opener

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The Keeneland November breeding stock sale headed into its final four days as Monday marked the first of two Book 4 sessions. The sale posted sizable gains in all major economic figures during the session, indicating that the strong results from Books 1-3 were carrying over into the middle-market offerings in Book 4.

On Monday, 304 lots sold for gross revenues of $8,960,100. This marked a 60 percent improvement compared with the seventh session in 2012, when 271 horses brought $5,584,700. Monday’s average price of $29,474 rose 43 percent compared with last year’s seventh-session average of $20,608. The $24,500 median on Monday rose 44 percent from $17,000 at last year’s comparable session, and the buyback rate ended at an impressive 11 percent, improved from 17 percent last year.

Two horses tied for the top price on Monday, each bringing $200,000: Bella Felicita, sold carrying her first foal; and Worldly, a racing or stallion prospect shipped in from the Breeders’ Cup. Bella Felicita, an unraced daughter of the late El Prado, was bought by Preferred Equine, agent for Lindy Farms. She is out of the stakes-winning Stately Don mare My Marchesa and is a half-sister to graded stakes winners Mark One and Rookie Sensation. Her other family members include 1980 leading sire Raja Baba, Grade 1 winner and sire Sauce Boat, and Grade 2 winner Black Cash. Consigned by Adena Springs, Bella Felicita sold carrying her first foal, by Macho Uno.

Worldly finished third in the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Marathon on Nov. 1. The 6-year-old son of A.P. Indy was offered in the Keeneland November sale by St. George Sales, as agent, and was secured by Chris Brothers’ Xavier International Bloodstock. A stakes winner and earner of more than $400,000, Worldly is out of multiple Grade 1 winner Urbane, by Citidancer, and is a full brother to Grade 2 winner and sire Suave.

The session’s third-highest price was also its top weanling, as a chestnut colt from the first crop of Castleton Lyons’s champion Gio Ponti was bought by JCDW for $165,000 from the consignment of Beau Lane Bloodstock, as agent. The Jan. 11 foal is out of the stakes-placed Kissin Kris mare Kissin Party and is from the family of Grade 3-placed multiple stakes winner Barrier Reef along with several other stakes winners.

Through seven sessions, the Keeneland November sale has grossed $179,416,800 from 1,643 horses sold, resulting in a 38 percent improvement compared with the 2012 sale at the same point, where 1,473 horses brought $130,171,600. The average price through Monday was $109,201, 24 percent higher than $88,372 in 2012, while the $52,000 median rose 30 percent from $40,000 last year. The cumulative buyback rate was down from 25 percent to 16 percent through seven sessions.

Book 4 of the Keeneland November sale wraps up with a Tuesday session beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern. The sale concludes with two Book 5 sessions on Wednesday and ending Thursday, Nov. 14.

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