11/10/2014 9:49PM

Keeneland November: McMahon of Saratoga lands Central Banker to top session


A run of high-priced offerings late during Monday’s session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale helped boost average and median figures compared with last year’s seventh session.

A total of 276 horses were sold on Monday for revenues of $8,944,500, a decrease of less than 1 percent against last year’s comparable session, when 304 horses brought $8,960,100. The average sale price rose 10 percent, from $29,474 to $32,408, while the median rose 2 percent, from $24,500 to $25,000.

The buyback rate took a significant jump on Monday, rising from 11 percent during last year’s seventh session to 22 percent.

Topping the session was Grade 2-winning stallion prospect Central Banker, who sold to New York-based McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds for $400,000.

The 4-year-old son of Speightstown finished his on-track career with 4 wins in 13 starts for earnings of $598,786, highlighted by a victory in Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes in May. His four additional stakes placings include the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes and King’s Bishop Stakes.

Central Banker was consigned by Claiborne Farm, agent.

“He’s a Grade 1-placed, big-time sprinter,” said bloodstock agent Mike McMahon. “He’s a very nice Speightstown [horse]. He’s just about 16 hands, and he’s just a beautifully-balanced horse.”

Bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, Central Banker is out of the stakes-winning Go For Gin mare Rhum, whose six foals to race are all winners, including Grade 2 winner Gantry and stakes-placed Song of Pirates.

McMahon said that Central Banker would be available to be viewed at his farm, Spruce Lane Farm, in Versailles, Ky., for the coming weeks before shipping to New York to stand the 2015 breeding season.

A Haynesfield colt topped the weanling market, selling to Unicorn Racing for $130,000.

The bay colt is out of the placed Capote mare Cape North, whose six winners from nine foals to race include stakes winners Fufty Too and Spirited Away; the latter is the dam of Grade 2 winner Prospective. His second dam is champion North Sider. The colt was bred in Kentucky by Don and Ferran Robinson and consigned by Winter Quarter Farm, agent.

Taylor Made Sales Agency was the session’s leading consignor, with 30 horses sold for a combined $1,129,000. McMahon of Saratoga led all buyers with its purchase of Central Banker.

After seven sessions, a total of 1,597 horses changed hands at Keeneland for revenues of $189,374,000. That is a 6 percent increase compared with last year’s gross through seven sessions. The average sale price of $118,581 is up 9 percent, while the $60,000 median is up 15 percent. The buyback rate through seven sessions is also up, from 16 percent last year to 22 percent.

The Keeneland November sale continues daily through Nov. 14, with sessions beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern.

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Keeneland November breeding stock sale, seventh session results:

Year Sold Gross Average Median Buyback
2014 276 (-9%) $8,944,500 (-0.17%) $32,408 (+10%) $25,000 (+2%) 21%
2013 304 $8,960,100 $29,474 $24,500 11%