11/17/2010 8:05PM

Nownownow brings $130K to top Keeneland session

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Benoit & Associates
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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Quality racing-age stock continued to be in some demand Wednesday at the Keeneland November sale's 10th of 13 sessions in Lexington, contributing to some increases. But the cumulative figures continued to lag behind last year's total, which was helped by Overbrook Farm's pricey dispersal.

Grade 2 winner and $903,000 earner Nownownow, the next-to-last horse through the ring, was the session-topper at $130,000. A 5-year-old Whywhywhy horse, he sold as a racing or stallion prospect to Richard Giacopelli. Highclere Sales, agent, was the consignor.

Wednesday's session sold 251 horses for $2,487,200, up 10 percent from last year's session total for 239 horses. The $9,909 average price was up 5 percent, but the $6,000 median remained level with last year.

Through Wednesday's 10th session, the auction had sold 2,425 horses, as compared with 2,261 horses sold at the same point last season. But gross was down 7 percent, and the $59,506 average and $22,000 median were down 14 percent and 19 percent, respectively.

The session's only other six-figure horse, at $110,000, was a weanling. The War Front colt out of Legendary Lady sold to Gerald Bortolazzo from the Beau Lane Bloodstock consignment. The dark bay or brown colt is from the family of graded performers Song of Navarone and Celluloid Hero.

The day's third-highest-priced horse was another racing or stallion prospect, Juddmonte Farms' Canadian track record-setter Eagle Poise. Sean Clancy Bloodstock bought the 4-year-old Empire Maker colt from Mill Ridge Sales, agent. Eagle Poise is Grade 3-placed and has earned $258,033 from a career that so far has featured four wins in 16 starts.

The session's top-priced mare was $40,000 Foist, a winner by Pulpit cataloged in foal to City Zip. Chad Schumer, agent, purchased Foist from Catalyst Bloodstock, agent.

Popular graded stakes-winner and millionaire Naughty New Yorker also went through the ring but failed to sell Wednesday, immediately before Nownownow went under the hammer. An 8-year-old Quiet American horse cataloged as a stallion prospect, he was hammered down at $47,000, below his undisclosed reserve. Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services consigned Naughty New Yorker on behalf of Fox Ridge Farm.

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