11/09/2013 9:00PM

Keeneland November: Gross sales surpass last year’s final total during fifth session

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As the Keeneland November breeding stock sale hit its halfway point on Saturday, completing its fifth of ten sessions, gross revenues for the 2013 auction surpassed the final total for last year’s 11-day sale.

After five days of selling, a total of 1,063 horses have brought $157,021,200, an improvement of 38 percent compared with last year’s five-day total of $113,846,600 from 937 sold, and surpassing the final gross of $143,025,600 from 2,414 horses sold at the 2012 renewal.

The average sale price through five days was $147,715, which was a 22 percent gain over $121,501 last year, while the median rose 42 percent, from $60,000 to $85,000. The cumulative buyback rate fell from 28 percent to 18 percent.

Leading the opening session of Book 3 was stakes winner Dontbeshy I’ll Buy, a 5-year-old Cherokee Run mare who sold to Abdullah Saeed Almaddah of Saudi Arabia for $260,000. Consigned by Adena Springs, Dontbeshy I’ll Buy was sold carrying her first foal, by Ghostzapper.

Dontbeshy I’ll Buy was bred in Kentucky by Jerry Jamgotchian, and is out of the unplaced Old Trieste mare Eye of the Artist. She is from the family of Grade 1 winner Silver Wagon and Grade 3 winner Race Artist.

The highest-priced weanling of Saturday’s session was a Majestic Warrior colt, who was purchased by Stoney Lane Farm for $150,000. The bay colt, foaled March 25, is out of the winning Theatrical mare Artistry, whose two winners from four foals to race include Grade 3 winner Kingship.
Bred in Kentucky by Davant Latham and consigned as agent by Sweezey and Partners, the colt is from the family of Grade 2 winner Dotsero and stakes winners Panorama Valley and Silver Valley.

Taylor Made Sales Agency was Saturday’s leading consignor by gross, with 34 horses sold for a combined $2,022,000. Brad Kelley’s Calumet Farm was the day’s leading buyer, with eight purchases totaling $557,000.

Saturday’s session finished with 312 horses sold for revenues of $15,987,000, up 39 percent compared with last year’s fifth-session total of $11,495,600 from 270 sold. The average sale price for the day was $51,240, up 20 percent from $42,576, while the median rose 14 percent, from $35,000 to $40,000. The buyback rate dropped from 22 percent to 14 percent.

Book 3 of the Keeneland November sale will conclude on Sunday at 10 a.m. Eastern, and the 10-day sale continues through Nov. 14.

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