11/06/2008 1:00AM

Mother-daughter pair liven up sale


LEXINGTON, Ky. – A mother-daughter pair that sold back-to-back on Wednesday afternoon at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale provided a bit of excitement during an otherwise pedestrian session.

The mother, My White Corvette, sold for $825,000 just after her weanling daughter, a half-sister to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Stardom Bound, sold for $350,000. The $825,000 for White Corvette was the session-topping price for a mare halfway through the Wednesday session, and the $350,000 for her weanling was the session-topping price for a weanling.

Barry Weisbord signed the ticket for My White Corvette – a 10-year-old daughter of Tarr Road out of the Marfa mare Wind Chime – for his client Bobby Flay, the celebrity chef. She was consigned by Hunter Valley Farm as agent. Three of her four foals of racing age have won.

Gus Bell, agent, signed the ticket for the weanling, who is by Lion Heart. Stardom Bound, the weanling’s half-sister, is by Tapit.

Selling was brisk but not particularly strong through approximately half the horses on offer on Wednesday. The number of horses who did not reach their reserve had appeared to decline significantly from the 36.4 percent RNA rate that marked Tuesday’s session, partly in response to consignors adjusting their reserves because of a significant weakness in the market that became evident over the first two days of the sale.

Through Tuesday, the average price at the November sale had declined 36.5 percent, to $301,094, compared to the average posted during the first two days of selling last year. Median had declined 32 percent, to $250,000.