Keeneland November Sale 2012: wrap

Saturday, November 17th, 2012
by Sarah Mace

With the mammoth Keeneland November Breeding Sale now in the books following the conclusion of Friday’s eleventh and final session, New York-bred results mirrored those of the general sale: solid overall with an accent on strength on the top end.

Of the 93 Empire-breds sold over the past two weeks, 12 garnered six-figures, led by 2009 New York Champion 3-Year-Old Female Don’t Forget Gil (Kafwain), a Grade 1-placed, graded stakes winner, who was purchased by Teruya Yoshida’s Japan-based Shadai Farm from Book 1 for $360,000.

Also grabbing attention among the older horses was the second top-priced-horse of Session 8 (Book 4), Pinball (Hip 2847), a 3-year-old a son of Unbridled’s Song out of the stakes-winning mare Pinata (Vision and Verse). Bred by Kiki Courtelis and purchased by WinStar Farm for $125,000 out of the 2010 Keeneland September sale, Pinball was purchased as a Racing/Stallion Prospect by Michael Dubb/Jane Buchanon, agent, for $185,000. Pinball recent finished second in a maiden special weight at Aqueduct in his second start on November 10.

The Keeneland sale also produced four six-figure New York-bred weanlings, three changing hands in Book 2, led by a $175,000 colt bred by SF Bloodstock LLC from the first crop of Grade 1 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver.

The fourth individual, also by Super Saver, was a filly bred by SF Racing, LLC that went to Maverick Racing for $105,000 from the consignment of Gainesway (Agent). A first foal out of Grade 1-placed Reforestation (Forestry), the filly was top New York-bred weanling to sell in Book 3 of the auction – and also the second highest seller in session 6 (Hip 1811).

New York-bred results at KEE NOV 2012:

  Total Weanlings Older
No. catalogued 160 82 78
No. offered 119 56 63
No. sold 93 39 54
Total Sales $3,677,600 $1,503,200 $2,174,400
Average $39,544 $38,544 $40,467
Median $21,000 $27,000 $17,000
6-Fig Horses 12 4 8


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