11/16/2006 12:00AM

Persistent gains at Keeneland sale

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Keeneland's November breeding stock sale was nearing its conclusion on Thursday, but there was still enough money in the market to spin off a six-figure horse.

Thursday's session, the 11th of the two-week sale, saw a $180,000 top price. That was what Diamond J Racing paid to acquire Fairway Farm's weanling Chapel Royal filly. Morris Floyd and Chuck Givens sold the filly as agents. The bay filly is out of the Cox's Ridge mare Staretta.

The Thursday session also continued the Keeneland November sale's robust gains over last year's auction. Through its 11th day, the auction had sold 2,635 horses for a total of $308,580,000, up 7 percent from the 11-day cumulative gross in 2005. The average of $117,108 marked an increase of 7 percent from last year, and the $50,000 median was up 25 percent.

The session-to-session comparatives were even more bullish. The 11th session this year sold 226 lots for $3,824,500, up 50 percent from last year's equivalent day; the $16,923 average gained 46 percent; and the $10,000 median was up 25 percent.

The Keeneland November sale was to continue through Nov. 19. Sessions are held daily at the Keeneland sale pavilion in Lexington starting at 10 a.m.

Ethics survey postponed

The new Horse Sales Integrity Enforcement Coalition's planned survey of Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club members has been postponed until Nov. 27.

Thoroughbred owner James McIngvale is forming the Horse Sales Integrity Enforcement Coalition to explore ways to add penalties to the code of ethics that a Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association task force developed in 2004. But the group has now postponed the telephone survey, originally set to begin Nov. 16, until Nov. 27 due to the ongoing Keeneland November sales and the Nov. 23 Thanksgiving holiday.

The phone survey will seek comments from 596 people about ethics issues in the public and private bloodstock market, including whether agents who do not sign a written agreement to abide by the code of ethics should be allowed to conduct business at the nation's major Thoroughbred auctions.

The Daddy to stand in Florida

Grade 2 winner The Daddy has retired from racing and will begin his stud career in 2007 at Eddie Martin's Martin Stables South in Reddick, Fla. The 4-year-old Valid Expectations colt will stand for $5,000.

Unraced at 2, The Daddy won three of his four starts, highlighted by his win in the Grade 2 Super Derby in 2005. The Daddy also won a Hollywood maiden race first time out and a Saratoga allowance by 12 lengths. Before winning the Super Derby in what would be his final start, The Daddy finished fourth to Lost in the Fog in the Grade 1 King's Bishop at Saratoga. He retires with $517,700 in earnings.

The Daddy is a son of the stakes-placed With Approval mare With a Princess. He is a half-brother to Grade 2 winner With a City.

Bachelor Blues retired

William Schettine's Signature Stallions in Ocala, Fla., is also adding a Grade 2 winner to its roster. Schettine's homebred Bachelor Blues has retired to stand the 2007 season for $3,500.

Bachelor Blues, winner of the Grade 2 Summer Stakes at Woodbine in 2003, is a 5-year-old Smoke Glacken horse. He retires with three wins, six second-place finishes, and a third from 29 career starts, as well as $353,019 in earnings.

Bachelor Blues is out of Wedding Day Blues, a winner by El Prado. Bachelor Blues is the first stakes winner for his dam.

Bachelor Blues has arrived at Signature Stallions and is available for inspection there.