11/17/2010 4:20PM

Keeneland prices settle down on day 10


LEXINGTON, Ky. – A day after WinStar Racing’s racehorse consignment fueled gains, Keeneland’s November breeding stock sale returned to more workaday prices at Wednesday’s 10th session.

A trio of weanlings held the top three spots by price at 3 p.m. Wednesday. The most expensive was a $50,000 colt from Tiz Wonderful’s first crop of foals. A February foal, he sold to Cobra Farm from Spendthrift Farm’s consignment (John and Frank Penn, agent). He is a son of the course record-setting Wild Again mare Roaming Wild.

The next two most expensive horses at that hour were both weanlings consigned by the Heaven Trees agency. One was a $42,000 Indygo Shiner-Bright Shining filly that Sarah and Ken Ramsey bought, and the other was a $35,000 Heatseeker-Andtheliviniseasy colt purchased by Walnut Hill Stable.

The leading mare at that hour also brought $35,000. Coastal Solace, a 5-year-old stakes-winner, sold to the Russian entity Raut, LLC, as a racing or broodmare prospect. Hidden Brook, agent, consigned the Coastal Storm mare. She has earnings of $444,442 from 8 wins in 23 starts. Most recently, she won this year’s Ligature Stakes in Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday, WinStar Racing helped the ninth session produce increases in gross and average.

Seven WinStar horses brought $100,000 or more, led by the $380,000 juvenile winner Funny Sunny. Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm purchased the Sharp Humor filly, who won her first start, a Hoosier Park maiden race, by 2 1/4 lengths on Oct. 13. She is a half-sister to stakes-placed Awesome Launch.

Belmont Stakes winner Da’ Tara also sold Tuesday, bringing $180,000 from Foye Genetics, agent. The Lane’s End agency consigned Da’ Tara, a 5-year-old Tiznow horse.

Tuesday’s session ended with 250 horses bringing $5,670,200, a 70-percent increase over last year’s equivalent session gross for 236 horses. The average price also leaped 60 percent, from $14,139 to $22,681. But the median remained level with last year’s figure at $10,000.

Cumulatively, the 13-day sale’s first nine sessions sold 2,174 horses for a total of $141,815,800, down eight percent from last year’s figure for 2,022 horses. The $65,233 average was down 14 percent, and the $25,000 median was 22 percent lower.

The sale was to continue through Nov. 20. Sessions begin daily at 10 a.m. in Keeneland’s sale pavilion.