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Filly by Boys At Tosconova top New Yorker at F-T Midlantic opener

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

m16b-miBy Sarah Mace

A dark bay or brown filly from the first crop of New York-based Grade 1 Hopeful winner Boys At Tosconova (Questroyal North) brought $165,000 to become the top-selling New York-bred juvenile in Monday’s opening session of Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Hip 82, a February foal bred by Rhapsody Farm LLC, was purchased by Cromwell Bloodstock from the Eddie Woods consignment after drilling a sharp :21 2/5 quarter in the under tack show. The filly changed hands previously when picked up by Turtle Hatch Farm at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Fall Mixed sale in Saratoga for $60,000.

The filly’s dam is winner-producer Miss Trudy, whom Rhapsody Farm acquired for $3,500 at the 2011 Keeneland January sale. All four of her foals to start are winners, led by stakes placed Sidearm (Kodiak Kowboy), who has bankrolled over $200,000. Miss Trudy is a half sister to stakes winner and graded placed runner Texturizer and a trio of other stakes performers.

Woods said before the sale, “Some people are not that familiar with the stallion, but he was a great 2-year-old and she’s a lovely filly.”

Another top performer from the New York contingent on Monday was Hip 252, a bay Congrats filly who was hammered down to L.E.B. for $150,000. Consigned by Grassroots Training & Sales, she failed to attain her reserve when bid up to $47,000 last summer at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale. She posted an eye-catching :10 1/5 furlong in the under tack show.

Bred by Wellspring Stables, the Congrats filly is out of Starry Pursuit, a winner of two stakes races, who was purchased by Robert Vukovich for $95,000 in 2012 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale. A chestnut daughter of VanNistelrooy, Starry Pursuit has a stakes winning full brother and has produced two winners from two starters. She currently has a yearling full sister to the sale filly, as a well as a Mineshaft filly on the ground this year.

Of the 31 New York-breds offered in the opening session after outs, 21 changed hands (including one private sale) for an average price of $53,595 and $25,000 median. Five individuals brought six-figure prices ranging from $110,000 to $165,000. As a whole Monday’s session posted a $68,253 average and $34,000 median, falling off 33.3 percent and 28.9 percent from $102,732 and $45,000 at last year’s first session.

The sale’s second session on Tuesday, begins at 10 a.m. Eastern.


Eric Fein goes to $450k for NY-bred Majesticperfection colt to conclude OBS April

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

OBS LogoBy Sarah Mace

The top-priced New York-bred to change hands at the four-day Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2016 April sale of two-year-olds in training was among the last, but well worth the wait. In Friday’s concluding session, a chestnut colt by Majesticperfection (Hip 1090) sold from the consignment of RiceHorse Stables to Eric Fein for $450,000. He became the eighth best-seller overall.

A speedy individual, who breezed a co-bullet furlong under tack in :9 4/5, the colt was bred by Burleson Farms and purchased as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky sale by Emerald Sales for $92,000.

Agent Ian Brennan, who signed the ticket for the colt, told the TDN, “We loved his work and pretty much everything about him. He’s a New York-bred. He came back from the work really sound and he was clean on X-rays and he is a colt that we liked from the breeze show and he’s just been showing himself really well. He acts like he has a ton of class.”

As to the price tag, Brennan added, “Good colts are bringing this kind of money here, but looking at the pedigree you’d like to be getting him in the $300-350,000 range. But we had to give that little extra for him.”

The colt is out of Magic Belle, a multiple winner and six-figure earner by Gold Case, who was purchased by Lyn Burleson at the 2010 Keeneland January sale for $26,000. The mare herself brought $425,000 as an OBS 2-year-old in 2004 and has since produced three winners from three foals to start. The colt’s second dam is stakes placed Magical Thinking and there is abundant black type under the fourth dam Roar N’ Honey.

In all 73 New York-bred juveniles were offered at OBS, of whom 51 sold (including four private sales) for a 30.1% buyback rate, above the 22.6% RNA percentage for the sale.

The New York-bred average was a strong $68,627, in the context of a record-breaking sale with a seven-figure seller and record average price of $79,211. The New York-bred median of $50,000 outperformed the record sale median of $47,000.

Harlan’s Holiday colt tops New Yorkers Thursday at OBS

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

OBS LogoBy Sarah Mace

The penultimate session of the four-day Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2016 April sale of two-year-olds in training continued to yield solid results for New York-bred juveniles, featuring an increase in median, somewhat improved RNA percentage and a new top Empire State-bred colt, an individual by Harlan’s Holiday who went to Sterling Racing LLC for $165,000.

Of the 56 New York-bred 2-year-olds offered through the first three sessions, 38 have sold (including three private sales), yielding a 32.1 RNA percentage, which is more or less in line with the 28 percent cumulative RNAs for the sale. The New York-bred average to date is $64,763, still under the sale average of $78,036 (up 1.7%) which benefitted from a seven-figure sale and a handful of other standouts yesterday. The New York-bred median of $47,500 is now outperforming the sale median of $45,000.

The top-selling New York-bred of Thursday’s session was Hip 619, a dark bay/brown colt by Harlan’s Holiday bred by Len Riggio’s My Meadowview LLC. A graduate of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale in Saratoga last summer, where he was purchased by De Meric Stables for $90,000, and consigned by de Meric Sales at OBS, the colt turned in a :10 2/5 breeze in the under tack show. He is the first foal out of Charlotte’s Rose, a placed Kentucky-bred daughter of Street Cry.

The OBS April sale concludes on Friday, with the final session beginning at 10:30 a.m.

New York-breds keep pace with median through first half of OBS April

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

OBS LogoBy Sarah Mace

After two of the four days of trading at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2016 April sale of two-year-olds in training, the New York-bred market is holding steady, keeping pace with the median of the general population of the sale, while producing a trio of six-figure horses.

Of 36 Empire State-breds offered in Tuesday and Wednesday’s sessions, 23 have sold (36.1% RNA percentage) for an average price of $63,652 and median of $45,000. The median matches the sale median thus far, which is unchanged from last year. The average has not quite kept pace with the general sale average which is $74,092 through session two. Total RNAs so far have come it at 28.9%.

Three individuals have sold for six figures, the top filly of Tuesday’s opening session by Shackleford, who brought $310,000, and a pair of fillies by New York sire Frost Giant, one on Tuesday and one yesterday.

Tuesday’s Frost Giant filly (Hip 96), a dark bay or brown individual foaled on Valentine’s Day 2014 and bred by Anthony Bruno, was purchased by Sallusto & Albina, Agent for $150,000. She is the second foal out of Reata’s Vixen (Sligo Bay), a six-figure earner who is a half sister to multiple stakes winner Royal Currier, who earned nearly $870,000. Graded winner Swing and Miss appears under the fourth dam.

The filly, who breezed an under tack quarter in :20 4/5, sold last summer to Web Carroll Training Center for $57,000 at the Fasig-Tipton preferred New York-bred yearling sale. Her OBS consignor was Southern Chase Farm, Inc. (Greg & Karen Dodd), Agent.

Wednesday’s Frost Giant filly (Hip 400), a chestnut foaled on March 29, 2014, was hammered down to George and Stephanie Autry for $100,000 on the nose after posting a sharp furlong in :10 1/5 for consignor Scanlon Training & Sales.

Bred by Gabriel Duignan, the filly is the third foal out of Watch Smartly, a multiple winner by Smart Strike and out of multiple stakes winner and graded stakes performer Watch Rachel. Watch Rachel’s dam Watch Wendy is also a stakes winner.

The April sale continues Thursday and Friday, with sessions beginning at 10:30 a.m.


New York-bred juvenile by Shackleford top filly at OBS April opener

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

OBS LogoBy Sarah Mace

A dark bay/brown New York-bred filly by Shackleford fetched $310,000 from Narvick International to emerge as the top-selling female and co-second top seller overall in the opening session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2016 April sale of two-year-olds in training. Additionally, the eleven New York-breds who sold in Wednesday’s first session posted a strong performance, outperforming the general population of the sale in both average and median.

The filly topper, Hip 128, is an April 30 foal, who was bred by Peter Kazamias’ Kaz Hill Farm near Middletown. A graduate of Fasig-Tipton’s preferred New York-bred yearling sale last summer, she went to IBA for $125,000. At OBS she breezed a quarter in :20 4/5 in the under tack show.

The Shackleford filly is the second foal out of Royal Affection, a three-time winner by Vindication, whom Kazamias bought in foal for $30,000 from the 2014 Keeneland January sale. Out of Royal Tigress, a stakes winner in Ireland, Royal Affection is a half sister to graded winner Tiger Ride (Candy Ride) and stakes winner Ol Donyo by Curlin. Graded and stakes winner abound under the sale filly’s third and fourth dam.

The filly is headed to Japan. Steve Venosa of SGV Thoroughbreds, who consigned the 2-year-old on behalf of a pinhooking partnership, told the TDN, “Anytime you lead a horse up there and are able to sell it, you are very pleased, so we were very happy with the price. She is going to a great home. Given she is a New York-bred, you always want to see them perform at Saratoga, but I’m sure going over [to Japan], she will definitely show up and do well over there.”

Venosa continued, “She had a good overall frame and a very athletic walk [as a yearling]. She looked like she had a very good disposition on her and just the way she conducted herself for the sale–she showed the same in the afternoon as she did in the morning, so we liked that about her. She just had a really elegant walk, the way it flowed.”

As to her development over the winter, Venosa said, “She was one that was always a late bloomer, but she was always just doing everything right. So, we had felt being that she was an April foal, we would target her for this sale. She was peaking at the right time and it was evident by her performance here.”

Of the 16 New York-bred juveniles offered during the sale opener, 11 sold for an average of $84,000 and median $75,000, indicators which outperformed the sale stats, which were strong. The average overall for the session was $72,601 (up 27% from $57,189 in 2015) and the sale median price was $47,000 (up 17.5% from $40,000 a year ago to $47,000).

The OBS April sale continues daily through Friday, each of the remaining three sessions beginning at 10:30 a.m. Eastern.

Twirling Candy filly fetches top dollar at OBS March

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

OBS Logoby Sarah Mace

The New York-bred offerings at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2016 March sale of 2-year-olds in training topped out in the second and concluding session with Hip 558, a filly by Twirling Candy who was purchased by Alex Solis II and Jason Litt on behalf of the Roth family’s LNJ Foxwoods for $825,000. The filly was the top-selling female of the sale.

The second best New York-bred seller, a filly by Uncle Mo, went to Dennis O’Neill in Wednesday’s opening session for $350,000, but the second day of selling also saw two more New York-bred standouts besides the filly topper: the top-selling Empire-bred colt and top New York-sired juvenile, a speedy filly by Frost Giant. Overall the New York-bred 2-year-olds outperformed the general population of the sale in both average and median.

The dark bay or brown Twirling Candy filly was a brilliant pinhook, originally purchased by Carrie Brogden’s Machmer Hall as a weanling at the Fasig-Tipton New York fall mixed sale for $50,000. On the third day of the OBS breeze show the filly showed how fast she had become, firing a co-bullet quarter mile when she covered the distance in :22 2/5.

Consignor Nick de Meric said after the breeze, “She’s been in my son Tristan’s division, and has been just wicked fast every time she ever breezed. She’s an outstanding mover, very athletic and, as fast as she is, looks like she’ll stretch out and go two turns when the time comes.”

“That was a great filly,” Litt told the TDN after the purchase. “She did everything right, and we are elated to have her.”

Bred by Mares Rule II and foaled at Rhapsody Farm in Plymouth, the filly topper is out of Felicitee, a winning daughter of Menifee and a half sister to graded stakes placed Mazella and stakes-placed Veuve. The mare has already produced two winners from two foals to race.

The top New York-bred colt, a chestnut from the second crop of Trappe Shot who sold as Hip 320, went to Steven W. Young, Agent from the consignment of Steven Venosa’s SGV Thoroughbreds for $280,000. A graduate of the the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale, the colt was another clever pinhook, purchased by IBA for $55,000 last summer.

Bred by Eaton & Thorne and foaled at Thorndale Farm in Millbrook, Inc, Hip 320 is out of That’s OK, an unplaced daughter of Not For Love. A former $700,000 Fasig-Tipton 2-year-old purchase, That’s OK was bought by Jonathan Thorne as a 3-year-old at the Keeneland November sale for $12,000. The mare, who has produced one winner, is a full sister to Grade 1-placed Forever Partners and half-sister to stakes winner Pal’s Partner. The sale filly’s third dam is stakes winner and multiple stakes producer Thanks Pal.

The Frost Giant filly who emerged as top-selling New York-sired New York-bred sold as Hip 532 to Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc. for $200,000 on the nose. Bred by Dormellito Stud, foaled at Mill Creek Farm in Stillwater and consigned by Dormellito Stud Sales, the dark bay/brown juvenile breezed the same co-bullet quarter of :22 2/5 as the top-selling Twirling Candy filly.

The filly’s dam Easy Erin, a winning New York-bred daughter of Johannesburg, has already produced two winners from two starters and issues from a well-known and productive New York family. Easy Erin’s dam is 1997 New York-bred Horse of the Year Dancin Renee. The seven-time stakes winner went on to produce five winners, including multiple stakes winner Risky Rachel. Dancin Renee is also the half sister of two-time New York-bred horse of the Year Say Florida Sandy, an earner of over $2 million. Frost Giant stands for Keane Stud for a 2016 fee of $7,500.

Of 32 New York-breds offered at the OBS March sale, 18 sold (including two private sales) for a high buyback percentage of 43.8. Eleven of those horses, however, commanded six figures and the New York-breds outperformed the general population with an average price of $170,333 and a median of $112,500. The average price for the sale at large was $158,923 (down 7%) while the median was $100,000 (down 5%).

Uncle Mo filly tops NY-bred juveniles in opening session of OBS March

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

OBS LogoBy Sarah Mace

A New York-bred filly from the second crop of Uncle Mo was the top New York-bred juvenile to change hands during the first session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2016 March sale of 2-year-olds in training on Tuesday. Three other New York-breds, all fillies, fetched six-figures during the session.

Dennis O’Neill went to $350,000 to secure the bay topper (Hip 40) from the Mayberry Farm consignment after she posted a :10 1/5 breeze in the under tack show. Bred by Joe DiRico and foaled at Keane Stud in Amenia, the sale filly is out of Jessica’s Halo and a half-sister to seven winners, led by Jessica is Back (Put It Back), winner of the Grade 1 Princess Rooney H. in 2010 and earner of over $836,000. Hip 40 sold first last summer at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale to Chace Stable for $130,000.

Hip 178, who turned heads with a co-bullet :9 4/5 breeze on the first day of the under tack show, was purchased from the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment by Westrock Stables LLC for $185,000 via private sale. From the first crop of Mclean’s Music out of Placerita (Gilded Time), she is a half-sister to stakes winner Saturday Nite Ride and issues from the family of Grade 1 winners The Big Beast and Slew the Dragon. Bred by Canyon Lake Thoroughbreds and also foaled at Keane Stud, she went for $50,000 as a short yearling at last year’s Keeneland January mixed sale before being purchased by Woodford Sales for $117,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale.

A pair of chestnuts consigned by Sequel Bloodstock also met the six-figure threshold. Hip 55 from the first crop of New York sire Mission Impazible brought $150,000. Bred in partnership by Sequel Thoroughbreds & Twin Creeks Farm and foaled at Sequel Stallions in Hudson, she breezed a :10 flat eighth under tack. Out of Kettle’s Sister, a Maryland-bred daughter of More Than Ready, she is a half-sister to Vinceremos (Pioneerof the Nile), winner of the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes, and one other winner. The filly’s second dam is stakes-placed Safe at the Plate, who is a half-sister to champion sprinter and $2.1-million-dollar earner Safely Kept. Hip 55’s half-sister by Majestic Warrior, now a placed runner, sold for $300,000 on the first day of last year’s OBS March sale.

Finally, an Awesome Again filly bred by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, LLC (Hip 133), where she was foaled, was hammered down to Kenwood Racing LLC for $100,000 after posting a :10.2 breeze. Out of stakes-placed runner Money My Honey (Red Bullet), the filly’s second dam is Grade 1 winner Collect the Cash, producer of Grade 1 winner Stately Victor. She too is a graduate of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale, purchased by $50,000 by Global Thoroughbreds.

Of the 14 New York-bred 2-year-olds on offer Tuesday, eight sold (including the private sale) for an average of $125,875 and $97,500 median.

Overall in the opening session of the OBS sale the average price was $160,741, down 11.5% from last year. The overall median dipped 4.2% to $115,000.

Fillies by Harlan’s Holiday and Mission Impazible lead New Yorkers at FT Florida

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Fasig logoBy Sarah Mace

A pair of fillies, one by Harlan’s Holiday and the other from the first crop of New York sire Mission Impazible, topped the New York-bred offerings at the 2016 edition of the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale, which kicked off the juvenile auction season at Gulfstream Park on Wednesday.

The topper arrived early in the session, when John McCormack went to $300,000 to buy Hip 16, a dark bay or brown February filly by Harlan’s Holiday offered by Eddie Woods Agent XXI who posted a 10.2 quarter in the under tack show.

Bred by a partnership of John P Hicks, William D Hart, Dr. Jerry Bilinski and John Murdza, the sale filly is the first foal out of the unplaced, but well-connected Hard Hat (Hard Spun), a half sister to Grade 1-winner, millionaire and sire Albert the Great, and to stakes winners Watch the Bird and Sheer Bliss. The filly sold last year to MJ Stable for $130,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky summer yearling sale.

Nearly matching the New York-bred topper when hammered down for $290,000 later in the session was Hip 77, a grey/roan filly from the first crop of Mission Impazible named Miss Haily. The filly, who shared a 10 flat bullet work with nine others in the under tack show, was purchased by Justin Casse, agent, from the consignment of Crane Thoroughbreds, agent.

Bred by Tracy Egan, the Mission Impazible filly is out of Rodeo’sbeenspotted, a winning daughter of Rodeo and half sister to stakes winner Message Red who has produced two winners so far. The dam is from the family of graded stakes winner Le Mi Geaux and graded stakes performer Lady Samuri. A pinhooking coup, the filly was purchased by Harry Weisleder at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale for $40,000 last summer.

In all, four of the five New York-breds offered in the Florida sale sold for an average of $222,500. The single horse that did not sell (Hip 104 Malibu Moon/Tulipmania) RNA’d for a whopping $485,000

NY-breds from Leigh dispersal top opening session of Keeneland January sale

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016
Hip 259 (Keeneland Photo)

Summer Solo  (Keeneland Photo)

By Sarah Mace

A trio of New York-breds from the Part Dispersal of the Estate of Sarah J. Leigh offered by Craig & Holly Bandoroff’s Denali Stud dominated Monday’s opening session of the five-day Keeneland January sale, generating the three top sales of the day. All three went to longtime breeder and owner Virginia Kraft Payson and her Payson Stud.

Leigh, a theatrical agent who died in August 2015, had continued the successful international racing and breeding operation of her father, Gerald Leigh, who died in 2002. Leigh’s highly regarded Eydon Hall Farm in England bred such standouts as 1994 Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner and European Horse of the Year Barathea, European champion 3-year-old filly Bosra Sham and classic winner Gossamer.

The session’s top-seller, who brought $700,000, was Summer Solo, a five-year-old Arch mare in foal to Ghostzapper (Hip 259). Third in the 2014 Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational, Summer Solo is out of Irish-bred Summer Solstice by Caerleon, a stakes winner in France, and a half-sister to French multiple Group 1 winner Act One. Summer Solo’s siblings include turf stakes winners Adirondack Summer and Summer Breezing.

Hip 260 (Keeneland Photo)

Summer Sweet  (Keeneland Photo)

Immediately following Summer Solo through the auction ring was her two-year-old half-sister, Summer Sweet (Hip 260), offered as a racing or broodmare prospect. A chestnut filly by More than Ready foaled last May, Summer Sweet was hammered down to Payson Stud, Inc. for $550,000. Payson reported that Summer Sweet would be sent to trainer Christophe Clement.

Payson also went to $450,000 for Hip 230, the co-top-selling short yearling of the sale. A dark bay or brown daughter of Arch, foaled on May 9, 2015, the filly is out of the unraced Seeking the Gold mare Seeking Atlantis. Leigh purchased Seeking Atlantis, a Kentucky-bred mare, from the Edward P. Evans Dispersal at Keeneland in November 2011 for $375,000. She has produced two winners, topped by graded stakes performer Seeking her Glory. Payson said the filly will go to Arthur B. Hancock III’s Stone Farm near Paris, Ky.

“I raced against Gerald Leigh for years, and I really wanted to have one of his families,” Payson said after buying the yearling, her first purchase of the day. “I knew the (filly’s) family and that’s what I liked about her. I have four broodmares, but they’re all the same bloodlines and I needed some diversification.”

hip 230 (Keeneland Photo)

Arch yearling filly (Keeneland Photo)

Keeneland Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell said, “Mr. Leigh was a great supporter of Keeneland, and Sarah was, too. It’s a fitting end.” He added, “Although we’re happy the market reacted favorably to the quality of their horses, it’s sad to see the end of these operations.”

Keeneland Videos:

Video of Summer Solo sale for $700,000
Video of Summer Sweet sale for $550,000
Video of Arch yearling filly sale for $450,000

New York-breds match Keeneland November buybacks, median

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

keeneland-logoBy Sarah Mace

This year’s 12-day Keeneland November Sale, which was held November 2-13, immediately following Keeneland’s successful inaugural hosting of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on October 30-31, posted increases in gross and average, but a decline in median, signaling a strong but selective marketplace. New York-breds fit squarely into this picture of solid results in the context of selectivity.

Of 115 New York-breds offered, 86 sold resulting in a 25.22 percent buyback rate, identical to the general population of the sale, where the cumulative buyback percentage rose this year to 25.2 percent from the 21.8 percent in 2014.

The New York-bred average of $50,716, as is typically the case for this sale, did not match the cumulative average of the sale, which was $85,033, the highest since 2007 and up 3.74 percent from last year’s $81,966. The New York-bred median matched the sale median at $30,000.

Predictably, the top New York-bred sellers changed hands early in the sale, with One Time Only and Harbor Mist, a pair of accomplished race mares in foal to commercial sires, bringing $410,000 each in Books 1 and 2 respectively. The top New York-bred weanling, a filly by Tale of the Cat, who sold in the fourth session of trading, realized $175,000. (Read more.)

John G. Sikura of Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm, who led the consignor rankings by gross, reflected on the results of the sale in an industry wide-context. “The underpinnings and stabilizing force of the business is the breeding industry, because we supply the product that people buy to be racehorses,” Sikura said. “That’s too simplistic, but without that supply of horses you don’t have the business. The foundation of the business starts with the breeders, and they express confidence in the marketplace by buying new stock and they find out if that confidence was well placed depending on the future yearling sales.

Sikura continued, “The criteria are the same in Books 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6; the only difference is price level,” he said. “With the obvious flaws or negatives – like very late cover dates or spotty produce records or middle-aged mares that haven’t produced yet – you’re severely punished. The barren mares no longer in foal are tough to sell because people want to get an immediate return.”

Keeneland Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell added, “I think the fact is that buyers are very critical and have a very tight criteria. If the mare meets the criteria, they’re happy to take good money for them and if it doesn’t, they’re not interested. The criteria are getting tighter and tighter every year.”

Gross sales of $218,959,400 for this year’s November Sale increased 6.34 percent over 2014, surpassing last year’s 11-day auction total of $205,899,500 on the ninth day of selling. This is the highest gross since the November Sale record of $340,877,200 set in 2007.