11/13/2017 7:51PM

Keeneland November sale: Monday session down from last year


The seventh session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale on Monday finished with declines compared to last year’s corresponding session. Monday lacked a high-profile slate of offerings to match last year’s racing-age portion of the Conquest Stables dispersal. The session was led by a pair of $200,000 broodmares.

Monday’s Book 4 opener ended with 292 horses sold for revenues of $9,311,900, down 30 percent from last year’s seventh day of trade when 254 horses brought $13,221,100. The average sale price declined 39 percent to $31,890 from $52,052, the median fell 19 percent to $22,000 from $27,000, and the buyback rate finished at 17 percent compared with 26 percent in 2016.

Last year’s Book 4 opener featured the racing-age fillies and mares from the dispersal of Ernie Semersky and Dory Newell’s Conquest Stables, which contributed 35 horses selling without reserve and revenues of $4,321,500 to the final numbers. Removing the Conquest dispersal from last year’s Day 7 figures, the gross Monday would have been up 5 percent and the average would have been down 46 percent.

The first of the two $200,000 broodmares to sell Monday was Intangaroo, a multiple Grade 1-winning Orientate mare who sold to Aaron Sones, a California-based owner who breeds in Kentucky.

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The 13-year-old Intangaroo was offered in foal to Silent Name and sold with a no-guarantee season to Ghostzapper. She is the dam of three winners from four runners, and was offered as property of Adena Springs.

Bred in Kentucky by Pollock Farms and Taylor Made Farm, Intangaroo is out of the stakes-winning Tasso mare Tasso’s Magic Roo. The extended page features Grade 2 winner Miss Legality, Grade 3 winner Hair Spray, and Korean Group 1 winner Yeongcheon Ace.

“We love this mare very much,” said Marie Yoshida of Winchester Farm, who signed the ticket as agent. “In fact, we waited all the books to buy her. We think the Adena Springs program is a terrific program. They also gave us a no-guarantee season to Ghostzapper, which we appreciate. It’s a very good deal.

“We have many mares so we may use Ghostzapper for another mare. My client has bred to Ghostzapper many times to great success, but this mare may go to Pioneerof the Nile or a different direction. Sometimes you need to change the direction and see what happens.”

Intangaroo won five of 14 starts for earnings of $623,231, highlighted by victories in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff Stakes, Santa Monica Handicap, and Ballerina Stakes.

Monday’s session was Intangaroo’s fifth time through the auction ring, and her third time changing hands. She sold as a yearling for $37,000 in 2005, then sold to Adena Springs as a broodmare prospect for $1.8 million at the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall select mixed sale.

One year after bringing a seven-figure price, she was offered in foal to Medaglia d’Oro at the Keeneland November sale, but finished under her reserve with a final bid of $750,000. The mare finished under her reserve once again at the 2013 Keeneland November sale at $375,000, this time in foal to Discreet Cat.

Later in the day, Canada’s Anderson Farms went to $200,000 for Mrs. Hudson, a 5-year-old Street Cry mare, offered in foal for the first time to Midshipman.

Mrs. Hudson finished her ontrack career with three wins in 12 starts and earnings of $134,492 for Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum’s Godolphin, which offered her at the Keeneland November sale.

Buyer David Anderson said he stayed at the Keeneland November sale an extra two days just to bid on the mare.

“She’s by Street Cry, and they’re not making any more of those,” Anderson said. “The filly could run, she’s out of a tremendous race mare, and I just loved her.

“She’s going to Canada, so I hope she brought her long johns. We’ll just figure out a proper mating for her, and hope to develop her into a nice mare someday. I wanted the mare first, and we’ll worry about the stallion next.”

A homebred of Sheikh Mohammed’s operation, Mrs. Hudson is the first foal out of the Grade 2-winning Malibu Moon mare Sara Louise, whose two foals to race are both winners. She is from the family of Grade 3 winners Scoop, Just Louise, Til Forbid, Hold Old Blue, and Looking Cool.

Monday’s top weanling was a colt from the first crop of Airdrie Stud resident Summer Front who sold to Midway Thoroughbreds for $170,000.

The bay colt is out of the placed First Samurai mare Samurai’s Honor, whose first runner is a 2-year-old of 2017 who has raced once. He is the first six-figure auction graduate out of Samurai’s Honor, and was bred in Kentucky by Gunpowder Farm.

Eclipse Award contender Bolt d’Oro is out of Globe Trot, a half-sister to Samurai’s Honor. Bolt d’Oro won the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity and FrontRunner Stakes, and finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile after the Keeneland November catalog was printed.

“The sky’s the limit,” said Davanth Latham, who signed the ticket as agent for the partnership. “Bolt d’Oro certainly had a play. The horse had a beautiful walk. He was a well-prepared, nice horse, who I think is going to grow and finish well.”

Latham said the colt would be pinhooked as a yearling.

“Hopefully he’ll be up in Saratoga,” he said.

Other notable family members for the colt include Grade 1 winner Zensational, Grade 2 winner Departing, and Grade 3 winner Trip.

St. George Sales consigned the colt, as agent.

Midshipman, a resident of Darley’s U.S. stallion operation, was Monday’s leading covering sire by gross, with five pregnant mares sold for $393,000. The stallion was also the top covering sire by average among those with three or more mares sold at $78,600. His top lot was session co-topper Mrs. Hudson.

Godolphin was the day’s leading consignor by gross with 22 horses sold for revenues of $1,365,000, also led by Mrs. Hudson.

Completing the trifecta, Anderson Farms was Monday’s leading buyer, with two purchases totaling $330,000, including Mrs. Hudson.

At the end of seven sessions, a total of 1,464 horses had changed hands for revenues of $183,607,400, down 5 percent from the same point at the previous sale when 1,408 horses sold for $193,177,300.

The cumulative average was down 9 percent to $125,415 from $137,200, while the median was down 4 percent to $62,000 from $65,000. The buyback rate sat at 24 percent, compared with 30 percent after seven days in 2016.

The Keeneland November sale continues daily through Nov. 18, beginning each day at 10 a.m. Eastern.