11/09/2015 9:07PM

Keeneland November: Three Tapit mares bring six figures Monday


The Keeneland November breeding stock keeps rolling along, and on Monday, which was Day 8 of the 12-day sale, two weanlings by Spendthrift Farm first-crop sires and three Tapit mares were part of the story near the top of the market.

Of the seven older fillies or mares that sold for $100,000 or more at the session, three were daughters of leading sire Tapit, and all three were bought by Calumet Farm. There were two weanlings that sold for $100,000 or more, a colt by first-crop sire Jimmy Creed and a filly by first-crop sire Liaison, each going for $110,000.

The Monday session saw 253 horses sell for a total of $7,242,300, for an average price of $28,626. The receipts were down 13.5% from last year’s comparable eighth session when the exact same number sold. The average price this year was down 13.5% from last year’s eighth session. The buy-back rate was 21.9% at the session, about the same as the 21.7% last year.

For the first eight sessions this year, a total of 1,715 horses have been sold for receipts of $205,177,000, for an average price of $119,637. Receipts are up 3.8% from 2014 through eight sessions, and the average price is up 11.9% compared with last year’s first eight sessions.

The highest-priced mare at the Monday session was Janis’s Joy, a 6-year-old by Broken Vow out of Ever Elusive, by Forestry. She brought a final bid of $170,000 from Solis/Litt from the Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency consignment. In foal to Atreides, Janis’s Joy is a stakes-placed winner of $128,989, and she ran third in the 2014 Open Mind Stakes at Churchill. Her dam, Ever Elusive, is a stakes winner of $219,602. Janis’s Joy was purchased at this year’s Fasig-Tipton February mixed sale as a maiden mare for $75,000 by the Atreides Partnership. The Medaglia d’Oro stallion Atreides stood his first season at stud this year at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm.

Smart Indeed, a 4-year-old mare by Smart Strike in foal to Atreides, was sold for $140,000 a little later on the day. Atreides Partnership also bought her as a maiden mare at the FTK February sale, paying $140,000, and bred her to Atreides. Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, the mare was bought on Monday by Machmer Hall. Smart Indeed is an unraced half-sister to graded Canadian stakes winner Seductively, out of the Canadian stakes winner Torrid Affair, by Alydeed.

Atreides was the leading covering sire at the session (with three or more sold) by gross ($435,000) and average ($72,500).

The second-highest-priced mare Monday was Appealing Bride, dam of multiple graded stakes winner and $773,000 earner Appealing Tale, as well as stakes winner Colerful Bride. Consigned by Shawhan Place LLC, the 13-year-old Appealing Bride was sold as not pregnant and purchased by Baccari Bloodstock.

Calumet Farm was the leading buyer at the session, purchasing three mares for six figures among its five purchases for a total of $480,000 on the day. It bought Sauvignon Blanc, a 6-year-old daughter of Tapit in foal to Verrazano, for $125,000; 3-year-old Synkros, a daughter of Tapit who was sold as a racing or broodmare prospect, for $120,000; and 3-year-old Purrfect Tapit, in foal to First Samurai, for $100,000.

A weanling colt from the first crop of Grade 1 Malibu Stakes winner Jimmy Creed brought $110,000 from Alistair Roden Bloodstock. That was exactly twice as much as the previous high price for a Jimmy Creed weanling. Consigned by Four Star Sales, the Feb. 21 foal is out of the stakes-winning New York bred Personal Flag mare Judy Soda, dam of stakes winner Germaniac. Jimmy Creed stands at Spendthrift Farm for a 2016 fee of $7,500.

The weanling filly by Liaison is out of the Pleasant Tap mare Voodoo Lounge, dam of stakes-placed Voodoo Argument. Consigned by Stony Point, the February foal was bought by Preston Stable and Prestonwood Racing. Liaison, a Grade 1-winning son of Indian Charlie, stands at Spendthrift Farm for a 2016 fee of $6,500.

Leading consignor at the session was Hill ‘n’ Dale Agency, with 20 sold for total receipts of $993,000. Second-leading consignor was Paramount Sales, with 21 sold for $650,500.

The last 45 horses sold at the Monday session were older males, all sold as either racing prospects or racing/stallion prospects. From that group, the topper was Honorable Duty, a 3-year-old colt by Distorted Humor out of Mesmeric, by A.P. Indy, who brought a bid of $130,000 from David A. Ross, James Bredin, agent. His second dam is Broodmare of the Year Toussaud. Bred and raced by Juddmonte Farms, Honorable Duty has been second once and third once in three career starts, all this year.

The sale continues on Tuesday, starting at 10 a.m. Eastern, and the 12-day sale ends Friday.