11/11/2012 3:49PM

Keeneland sale: Sixth session running ahead of last year


As the Keeneland November breeding stock sale settled into the middle market portion of its schedule, the sale’s economic indicators continued to post gains from last year.

Through the first five hours of Sunday’s session, revenues totaled $5,159,700 from 129 horses sold. The average sale price of $39,998 and the median of $30,000 were both well ahead of the final numbers from last year’s sixth session.

“I think if you kept your expectations realistic, there’s people to buy [bloodstock] there,” said Fergus Galvin of Hunter Valley Farm. “It seems like a good, solid type of sale.”

The top-priced horse of Sunday’s session through 3 p.m. was Magnetic Miss, an 8-year-old Artax mare, who went to Margaux Farm, agent, for $190,000.

A multiple stakes winner, Magnetic Miss is out of the stakes-winning Deposit Ticket mare Deposit Express, who is the dam of five winners from as many to race, including stakes winners Royal Express and Hydro Power. Sold in foal to two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, Magnetic Miss was consigned by Hidden Brook, agent and Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings.

The most expensive weanling through the first portion of the session was a Majesticperfection filly out of the Indian Charlie mare Listen to Libby, who sold to Canadian-based Regis Farms for $130,000. Consigned by Brereton Jones’s Airdrie Stud, agent, the filly is from the family of Grade 1 winner Currency Swap.

Saturday’s session closed with 270 horses sold for total receipts of $11,495,600, down 11.7 percent from last year, though the dispersal of the late Edward Evans’s Spring Hill Farm contributed over $1.8 million to last year’s total. Average sale price dropped 10.4 percent to $42,576, but median price posted a gain of 9.4 percent, finishing at $35,000.

The sale continues daily through Friday, Nov. 16, with sessions beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern.