11/15/2010 3:23PM

Tiz Wonderful weanling colt leads Keeneland session at $50K


LEXINGTON, Ky. – A $50,000 weanling by first-crop sire Tiz Wonderful led a parade of young stock at the top of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale’s prices Monday.

Monday’s session was the eighth of 13 and followed a weekend of decreases in gross receipts, average price, and median price.

The session-leading Tiz Wonderful colt sold to Indian Creek, agent, and was part of agent Susan Forrester’s consignment. The dark bay or brown colt out of Wildwife, by Wild Gale, is a half-brother to Grade 3-placed stakes-winner R Loyal Man.

At 3 p.m., the Tiz Wonderful colt was the day’s most expensive horses. The top five prices were for weanlings. The highest-priced mare at that point was Hip No. 2649, the $39,000 Mr. Greeley mare What a Trouper. Jody Huckabay, agent, signed the ticket. Paramount Sales agency was the seller.

What a Trouper, 5, was cataloged in foal to Langfuhr and is from the family of French stakes-winner Limelighting and American stakes-placed runner Thunder and Rain.

On Sunday, Grade 1 winner Nonsuch Bay was the only six-figure horse at the auction’s seventh session. A 11-year-old Mr. Greeley mare, she brought $210,000 from SF Bloodstock. She was cataloged in foal to A. P. Warrior. Stonewall Farm sold Nonsuch Bay through the Bluewater Sales agency, the court-appointed receiver in Stonewall’s bankruptcy.

Nonsuch Bay earned $747,078, including the Mother Goose Stakes, the Grade 2 Nassau County Breeders’ Cup Stakes, and consecutive victories at 4 and 5 in Gulfstream’s Banshee Breeze Handicap.

Cumulatively, through Sunday’s seventh session the auction had sold 1,664 horses for a combined $132,349,800, which was down 9 percent from last year at the same point. Through last year’s seventh session, 1,545 horses had sold. The 2010 seven-day average stands at $79,537, down 16 percent, and the $35,000 median was off by 22 percent.

The auction was to run through Nov. 20 with sessions starting daily at 10 a.m.