11/07/2005 1:00AM

Riskaverse sold for $5 million


Fasig-Tipton Kentucky got the November auction season off to a bang-up start Sunday night in Lexington when Riskaverse sold for $5 million to top a parade of seven millionaires.

Eaton Sales, agent, purchased Riskaverse from Peter Schiff, who bred and campaigned her in the name of Fox Ridge Farm. Eaton partner Reiley McDonald made the purchase on behalf of an anonymous partnership.

A 6-year-old Dynaformer mare, Riskaverse won three Grade 1 races in her career, including the last two runnings of the Flower Bowl Invitational. Overall, she won 9 of 32 starts and had earnings of $2,182,429.

Two lots with close connections to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies brought $3 million bids. The first was Wild Fit, a leading 2-year-old filly this season who finished second behind Folklore in the Juvenile Fillies. Murray Smith and Ron Brewer sold Wild Fit through the Eaton agency. The winning bidder was Coolmore Stud agent Demi O'Byrne.

Folklore's dam, Contrive, went through the ring later and also brought $3 million from John Ferguson, agent for Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum. The Taylor Made agency consigned the Storm Cat mare in foal to Pleasantly Perfect.

Lifted by those heady prices, the single-session auction grossed $32,183,000 for 112 lots, up dramatically from last year's sale, when 201 horses brought just $20,685,800. Average price soared to $287,348 from last year's $102,914, and median also improved vastly, climbing from last season's $27,000 to $86,000.

The November sales continue Monday, when Keeneland opens its mixed auction. That sale, which will run through Nov. 18, includes the sale of last year's 3-year-old champion filly, Ashado.