11/09/2014 9:54PM

Keeneland November: Trappe Shot weanling leads strong Sunday session


The Keeneland November breeding stock sale continued its strong run during Sunday’s sixth session, posting gains in gross, average, and median as Book 3 concluded.

Keeneland reported 275 horses sold Sunday for $13,986,500, a 4 percent increase compared with the sixth session in 2013, when 276 horses brought $13,445,500. Sunday’s average price of also rose 4 percent, from $48,679 to $50,860, and the median climbed 5 percent, from $40,000 to $42,000.

The buyback rate on Sunday was 19 percent; it was 15 percent at last year’s sixth session.

Baccari Bloodstock purchased Sunday’s session topper, going to $200,000 for a weanling colt by Claiborne Farm sire Trappe Shot. The Kentucky-bred bay colt was consigned by Four Star Sales, as agent for Glencrest Farm, and is out of the unraced Giant’s Causeway mare Irish Lullaby. Irish Lullaby is a half-sister to four stakes winners, including Grade 2 winners Imperative and Caller One. Imperative won the Charles Town Classic earlier this year.

Three mares each sold for $190,000 to lead that group. Gainful, an 8-year-old Gone West mare, was purchased by Kern/Lillingston from the consignment of Mill Ridge Sales, agent. She sold in foal to First Defence and is from the family of several Grade/Group 1 winners, including English Derby winner Commander In Chief.

Landslide, carrying her first foal by Mineshaft, was bought by New Zealand Bloodstock from Gainesway’s consignment. The 3-year-old daughter of More Than Ready is a half-sister to two stakes winners and to the late Kentucky Derby runner-up Nehro.

Queenofperfection, a 4-year-old Arch mare, was bought by Siena Farms. She sold in foal to To Honor and Serve and is out of the unraced Gone Purrfect, a full sister to champion and leading sire Speightstown. Warrendale Sales, as agent for Live Oak Stud, consigned Queenofperfection.

Taylor Made Sales Agency led all consignors by gross sales at the sixth session, moving 38 horses for $2,311,000. J D R Farm was the leading buyer by gross, purchasing four horses for $512,000.

Through six sessions, 1,321 horses have sold at Keeneland for $180,429,500, 6 percent better than the gross at last year’s auction at the end of Book 3. The cumulative average of $136,586 and median of $75,000 are both up 7 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, sixth session results:

Year Sold Gross Average Median Buyback
2014 275 $13,986,500 (+4%) $50,860 (+4%) $42,000 (+5%) 19%
2013 276 $13,445,500 $48,679 $40,000 15%