09/26/2012 3:41PM

Keeneland November sale catalogs 3,958


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Keeneland’s November breeding stock auction catalog will comprise 3,958 horses this year, up slightly from last year’s 3,919. The auction will take place Nov. 6-16 at Keeneland’s sale pavilion in Lexington.

The catalog includes 1,890 broodmares and broodmare prospects; 1,691 weanlings; 363 horses of racing age; 4 yearlings; and 9 stallions. It also will include a single stallion share, in Adena Springs sire Macho Uno. There also are 232 covering sires represented.

In June, Keeneland announced it would delay the auction’s opening session by one day to allow horsemen attending the Nov. 2-3 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita more time to travel from California to Kentucky. Fasig-Tipton’s November sale in Lexington, set for Nov. 5 at 4 p.m., also starts one day later than originally planned.

Last year’s Keeneland November auction enjoyed massive gains across the board last year. The 2011 auction sold 2,554 horses for $208,511,200, up 42 percent despite having a smaller catalog compared to 2010, and the $81,641 average and $24,000 median also gained 62 percent and 21 percent, respectively. The sale-topper was $8.5 million Royal Delta, who sold to Benjamin Leon’s Besilu Stables from the late Saud bin Khaled’s Palides Investments dispersal. The 2011 auction also featured the Keeneland November sale’s highest-grossing dispersal ever, the Edward P. “Ned” Evans estate’s consignment that sold 170 horses through the Lane’s End agency for $55,820,000.