11/12/2013 8:11PM

Keeneland November: Horses of racing age portion powers continued gains

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The Keeneland November breeding stock sale continued on Tuesday with another day of gains, highlighted by notable racing and breeding prospects offered during the auction’s horses of racing age portion.

A total of 294 horses were sold during Tuesday’s eighth session for revenues of $10,898,200, bettering last year’s day eight total of $7,017,200 from 279 sold by 55 percent. The average sale price of $37,069 was a 47 percent improvement over the 2012 figure of $25,151, while the median rose 47 percent, from $17,000 to $25,000. The buyback rate on Tuesday was a pristine 10 percent, down from 19 percent during last year’s renewal.

Leading the session was one of the offerings from the racing age section, as General Election, a multiple Grade 3-winning Harlan’s Holiday colt, sold to Richard Duchossois for $450,000. He was offered as a racing or stallion prospect.

The 3-year-old, consigned by WinStar Racing, as agent, has won four of 10 career starts for earnings of $285,189, highlighted by victories on turf in the Grade 3 Arlington Classic Stakes and Jefferson Cup Stakes, as well as a listed stakes win on Polytrack in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes. He also finished second in the Grade 3 Lexington Stakes. He entered the sale off the win in the Jefferson Cup at Churchill Downs on Sept. 28.

“He’s been a nice horse all year, and I just wish [Duchossois] a lot of luck with him,” said Elliott Walden of WinStar Farm. “He’s a very good racehorse, and I think he’ll continue to get better. We race primarily to make stallions, and with him on the grass, we tend to focus on dirt horses, so that’s why he was in the sale. There’s a lot of racing left in him.”

Bred in Kentucky by Meg and Mike Buckley, General Election is out of the unplaced Kingmambo mare Menekineko, who is the dam of six winners from as many foals to race, including multiple Grade 1-placed Ready’s Echo.

The top filly of the session was Zloty, a stakes-placed 2-year-old daughter of Exchange Rate, who sold to celebrity chef Bobby Flay for $345,000, the second-highest price of the day. Offered as a racing or broodmare prospect, Zloty finished third in her most recent start, the listed Chelsea Flower Stakes on Oct. 27 at Belmont Park, and has posted one win in three career starts for earnings of $69,500.

Bred in Florida by Centaur Farms, Zloty is out of the Grade 3-placed Pulpit mare A.P. Reality, and is the mare’s first winner from two starters. She is from the family of Grade 2 winner Teeth of the Dog. Taylor Made Sales Agency consigned Zloty as agent for Bradley Thoroughbreds.

Blue Sky Stables bought the most expensive weanling of the session, a $92,000 colt from the first crop of sire Haynesfield. Co-bred by 4M Ranch and consignor Susan M. Forrester, the colt is the first foal out of the unraced Awesome Again mare Just Married, and is from the family of champion Eillo, Grade 1 winners Gygistar and Flat Fleet Feet, and Japanese Group 3 winners Wild Wonder and Maltese Heat.

Adena Springs was the session’s top consignor by gross, with 84 horses sold for a combined $2,999,000. Duchossois’s lone purchase of General Election for $450,000 put him at the top of the list among buyers.

Through eight days of selling, a total of 1,937 horses have sold for a combined $190,315,000, up 39 percent from last year’s eight-day total of $137,188,800 from 1,752 sold. The average price of $98,252 was an improvement of 25 percent over $78,304 at the same point last year, while the cumulative median rose 34 percent, from $35,000 to $47,000.

The Keeneland November sale continues on Wednesday, beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern, and concludes the following day.

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