Two seven-figure horses lead the second round of November sales from Keeneland – Horse Racing News | Pawleck report
Stakes winner Park Avenue, the 4-year-old daughter of Quality Road, was sold to Jane Lyon Summer Wind Equine for $1.45 million, and Sweet Sami D., who is in dowry for Gun Runner and was bought by Jim and Dana Bernhard’s Pin Oak Stud for $1 Million Highlighted today’s second session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
Park Avenue and Sweet Sami D. are the first horses since 2017 to sell for $1 million or more after the first book of auction, and they increased the number of seven-figure lots this year to 12, compared to seven in 2021.
For the first two sessions, Keeneland sold 333 years across the ring for $102,053,000, averaging $306,465 and averaging $190,000. The total was 15.31 percent higher than the figure for the same period last year, when the total was $88,500,000 for 344 horses. The median of $306,465 was 19.12 percent higher than last year’s $257,267, and the median of $190,000 was up 2.70 percent from last year’s $185,000.
On Tuesday, 197 horses sold across the track for $35,073,000, down 7.38 percent from the corresponding session in 2021 when 226 horses totaled $3,7866,000. The $178,036 average was 6.26 percent higher than $167,549 last year, and the $140,000 average was 7.69 percent higher than $130,000.
“Overall, it was a good, good day for the business,” said Shannon Arvin, President and CEO of Keeneland. “We are very pleased with the cumulative total, average and median being up compared to last year. There really is a strong buying seat here. Today we saw more local activity than we saw yesterday: Jane Lyon, Detradind Stud, Ron Winchell, Jim and Dana Bernhard, adding to their bloodline, Among others. We had two horses that sold for $1 million or more and that hasn’t happened in the second book since 2017, so that’s another positive sign.”
“The metrics today were very similar to the second day of last year, which was a good session,” said Cormac Brethnach, director of sales operations at Keeneland. “The total is up about 15 percent overall. The RNA is a little high, but people will probably be a little more selective.
“We feel like we’re in full swing,” said Brithnach. “The energy is good; there are a lot of buyers here and a lot of people talking about the shows in the barn area for tomorrow and beyond. We know we have a long way to go, but we are very happy with the start.”
Park Avenue, who won the Ouija Board Distaff title this year at Lone Star Park and finished second in Class 3 La Canada at Santa Anita, was commissioned by Lane’s End dealer. Wonderful, written by Indian Charlie, is from Irish heavyweight Tomahawk family and first place Golden Ticket winners, Well Chosen, Telling and Leofric.
“I’ve been bid on it a few times I want it, but I was very determined not to bid on it,” said Leon. “I am looking for good quality mares, preferably if they have raced and been successful. I came here to say I would buy mares in a foal; so far, I have bought two who are not. We will discuss (about whether to bred Park Avenue for Flightline) “.
“When two people want it, anything can happen,” said Aller Ryan, sales manager at Lane. “In this group, (Park Avenue) was a standout for us. This was beyond our expectations and a super sale all the way. She was a beautiful filly who obviously had a lot of talent and ability on the right track. Her looks were beyond that. I took a breath when I saw her She’s a fine filly. She was popular in the barn, and people kept coming back to her a few times. We knew we had the right guys for her. It’s nice to see everyone being rewarded.”
Lin’s End was the lead dispatcher of the course with sales of $5,717,000 for the 23 horses.
Sold for $1 million to Pin Oak Stud, recently acquired by the Bernhards family, Sweet Sami D. She is a 5-year-old, third-tier, First Samurai daughter out of the Treaty of Cadiz, by Victory Gallop.
“She’s a wonderful mare in foal for John Runner,” said Matt Weinman, Bernhards’ advisor. “It was probably my favorite body back in the day. A really high quality mare in a foal for one of the best stallions on the planet. We are so excited to have her. This was probably our last attempt, luckily we got it.”
Pin Oak acquired a total of four horses on Tuesday and was the first buyer for the session, spending $2.36 million.
The China Horse Club paid $750,000 for Rugged Rose, the half-sister of second grade winner Strike Charmer’s pony to Quality Road. 4-year-old mare is out for winner Cat Charmer, by Storm Cat, and from the family of champion Gold Beauty.
“You’ll stay here,” said Michael Smith of the Chinese Horse Club. “Lovely mare from a large family in a foal to Quality Road, one of the best stallions in America. Going to Life Is Good next year. Clean, strong, good limbs, good work – everything you can look for in a mare. It will complement it beautifully .
“(The market) is strong, but if you do your homework, you can find value,” Smith added. “I think we bought pretty well today. Across the board (we bought) some really nice racing foals as well as this mare in the pony.”
Another Pin Oak buy was Querelle, a 6-year-old, third-grade winner, the violent daughter of a Constitution Dowry, which sold for $700,000.
“It’s a wonderfully violent mare, really a speed-biased physiology,” Weinman said. “Speed is a serious brooding weapon, so there are so many interesting matings we can do with her. We really thought Constitution was a great mating. She was an interesting mare for us, and I’m glad we got her. I didn’t think I’d have to extend So far, but I’m glad we got it and I’m glad it’s there. The market is strong.”
Both Ragged Rose and Querelle were delivered by Grovendale Sales, the dealership that ranked second among dispatchers, selling 14 horses for $3,752,000.
“We thought they’d sell well, but they exceeded expectations,” Grovendale partner Chance Tim said of the two higher-priced mare. “We had a solid draft here that we feel confident in. Those mares were physical superstars. Black cats throw black cats. That’s what buyers want.”
Song of Maine also brought $700,000, a 7-year-old half-sister to Songbird’s foal to Corlin bought by Gage Hill. Ghostzapper’s daughter is dispatched by Buckland Sales (Zach Madden), out of second-class winner Ivanavinalot, by West Acre.
“It was beautiful,” said Will Farish, representing Jupiter Terry Finley. “We were excited to get it and for the price we got. The market is hard to buy. It’s really solid, but it’s great.”
A 10-year-old Don’tforgetaboutme mare was sold by Malibu Moon in Mehra to Blame to Matt Dorman’s Determined Stud for $550,000. Dam of Grade 3, a half-sister of Grade 2 winner Red Ruby, Grade 3 winner Mo Tom, and Grade 1 Beautician.
“When the first dam fills the page with graded and black type horses, it is very commercial,” said Phil Schwenthal, trainer and consultant with Determined Stud. “Her foals have sold very well, and she’s a tiered producer so it’s all the boxes we’re trying to check out in an effort to make an elite brood squad. We’re also big fans of Blame. When we saw she was in a pony in Blame, it was a bonus to us.” The package was complete. For cute mares, you have to spend for them.”
Outside Carone, by Rubiano, Don’tforgetaboutme was dispatched by an agent Claiborne Farm.
Pin Oak also paid $500,000 to Broadway Lady, who finished third on the October 22 Ontario Matron (G3). The 5-year-old Constitution’s daughter, who was won off bets Levi Mackenzie, by Macho Ono, is the half-sister of the third-tier winner Tawny Port in 2022.
“We have the new farm and we have a lot of space there,” Weinman said. “We think we could get as many good mares as possible. (Broadway Lady) is a beautiful filly who ticked all the boxes for us. Being third in her last race gave her a black type in a really important race. Really beautiful and cute mare.”
The Broadway Lady was delivered by Bluewater Sales, the agent.
The Lyn’s End agent also handed out the highest-priced weaning prize for the session, a Quality Road colt that sold to Brookstone Farm for $425,000. From Daisy Miller (GB), by Smart Strike, he is from the family of pioneer War Front.
The November sale resumes Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET with the second two-day session of the second book. The auction runs through Wednesday, November 16, with all sessions beginning at 10am.
On Thursday, November 17, Keeneland will present its November motor racing horse sale offer.
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