LEXINGTON, Ky. &ndash; High-quality mares and broodmare prospects were in demand Monday at Keeneland&rsquo;s November breeding stock sale, where the opening session offered the feast-or-famine trend many sellers said they had expected. \r\nBidding competition was stiff for auction standouts, and one of the most aggressive upper-market bidders Monday was Coolmore Stud. By 3:30 p.m., the Irish-based global breeding operation had bought two of the afternoon&rsquo;s three seven-figure mares, session-leader Society Selection for $1.85 million and $1.4 million Golden Ballet, the dam of 2010 Belmont winner Drosselmeyer. \r\nWith selling nearing its conclusion, the first session bore out predictions that obvious top-quality offerings would sell well, but that buyers were not in a mood to gamble on animals they felt were less than top notch, even if those horses appeared to be bargains. The most common words sellers used to describe Monday&rsquo;s market were &ldquo;thin&rdquo; and &ldquo;selective&rdquo; on a day when mares, rather than weanlings, were the hottest commodity among the pool of wealthy buyers who have so far survived the economic downturn and subsequent credit crunch.\r\nA multiple Grade 1 winner now in foal to Medaglia d&rsquo;Oro, Society Selection was part of the Irving Cowan dispersal consigned by Taylor Made Sales. The 9-year-old already has produced a winner in her Giant&rsquo;s Causeway filly Superior Selection, and she went through the auction ring carrying a foal by the popular sire Medaglia d&rsquo;Oro. Society Selection is by Coronado&rsquo;s Quest and out of the Dixieland Band mare Love That Jazz, a Grade 3 winner who was runner-up in the Breeders&rsquo; Cup Juvenile Fillies in 1996.\r\nCoolmore employee Aisling Duignan signed the ticket and said the mare would be owned by a partnership of Coolmore&rsquo;s owner John Magnier and his frequent partners Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith.\r\nTayor Made also consigned Golden Ballet, who sold to Coolmore in foal to Unbridled&rsquo;s Song.\r\nSheikh Hamdan al-Maktoum&rsquo;s Shadwell Estate Co. has been quiet at auctions of late but struck early Monday for a $450,000 weanling colt by 2006 champion juvenile and 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense. That was the top price for a weanling by 3:30 p.m. Hamdan&rsquo;s buy supported his family&rsquo;s stallion operation, because Street Sense stands at the Darley Stud owned by Maktoum&rsquo;s brother Sheikh Mohammed. Sheikh Hamdan&rsquo;s weanling purchase is a bay son of stakes-producer Time for a Crown, by Time for a Change. The colt is a half-brother to stakes winner Banga Ridge and Grade 1-placed Coronet of a Baron.\r\nParagon Farms, agent, consigned the session-leading weanling. \r\nCoolmore came back to spend $410,000 for a Taylor Made agency chestnut weanling colt who is closely related to ill-fated 2008 Kentucky Derby runner-up Eight Belles. The weanling and Eight Belles are by the same sire, Unbridled&rsquo;s Song, and he is out of Be My Prospect, a half-sister to Eight Belle&rsquo;s dam, Away.\r\nAs at Fasig-Tipton&rsquo;s sale the night before, mares were the headliners at Keeneland&rsquo;s opening session, but many sellers noted that the market felt shallow, especially for offerings below million-dollar quality.\r\n&ldquo;It&rsquo;s pretty obvious there&rsquo;s no bank money around,&rdquo; said consignor Helen Alexander of Middlebrook Farm, which sold the afternoon&rsquo;s third million-dollar mare, $1 million Carribean Sunset, to James Bester Bloodstock. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s kind of what we&rsquo;re missing. I think there are a lot of people who&rsquo;ve had their legs kind of kicked out from under them, so it&rsquo;s tough for everyone right now. The people who can afford to buy horses are buying them, but they&rsquo;re being very selective about what they&rsquo;ll buy. We need to have credit loosened, because we need more people in the game, and it&rsquo;s not productive when you only have a small group of people doing it.&rdquo; \r\nThose who were buying came from around the globe. On the buyers&rsquo; list, exotic names like Klawervlei Stud (South Africa) and Tevfik Celikoglu (Turkey) nestled alongside those of domestic stalwarts like Ann and David Hanley&rsquo;s Whitechurch Farm, Lael Stable, and WinStar Farm. In some cases &ndash; most notably the Japanese and Australians &ndash; a favorable exchange rate whetted their appetite to spend.\r\n&ldquo;We participated last year and were competitive, and it&rsquo;s even better this year,&rdquo; said Bester, buyer of $1 million Carribean Sunset. Bester said he purchased the Grade 1- and Group 1-placed Danehill Dancer mare for Australia&rsquo;s Kia-Ora Stud. She is out of the Royal Academy winner Bonheur. &ldquo;No doubt the exchange rate makes it worthwhile.&rdquo;\r\n&ldquo;We want group-winning fillies, preferably on turf, because we race on turf in Australia,&rdquo; Bester said of Carribean Sunset. &ldquo;She had Group 1 form, and she did it in Ireland and in America. And Royal Academy is a very good broodmare sire, as well. He&rsquo;s the broodmare sire of our leading sire, Fastnet Rock, in Australia.&rdquo;\r\nKia-Ora Stud is a commercial breeding operation that also has benefitted from a relatively strong yearling and racehorse market in the southern hemisphere.\r\n&ldquo;It has held up well all year,&rdquo; Bester explained. &ldquo;We have a strong racing program in Australia with good prize money. Owners can still make money racing horses, and there&rsquo;s a lot of syndication in Australia, so the man in the street can own a horse. With all that good prize money, it encourages people to buy horses.&rdquo;\r\nThe Keeneland November sale continues through Nov. 20. Sessions begin daily at 10 a.m. in Keeneland&rsquo;s sale pavilion.