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Despite the excitement generated in the US by the presidential election, the second day of the Keeneland Breeding Stock Sale registered declines

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Election fever fails to
pull Keeneland through

UNLIKE the end result of the American presidential election, results from day two of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale were, again, disappointing. 

Overall, 150 horses sold from 229 offered (a clearance rate of  65 per cent) for an aggregate $42,006,000, a 39 per cent fall on the previous year. The average dropped by 25 per cent and the median by 27 per cent. Eight mares sold for seven figures compared with 11 on day two in 2007.

Over the two days of the select section of the sale, the cumulative aggregate fell by 49.6 per cent, the average was down 35.6 per cent and  the median fell by 32 per cent to $170,000.

“I thought today had a little more uniformity to it,” said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland's director of sales. “There was still active bidding from a wide range of people and countries, and that is always interesting. As we said yesterday, this is the marketplace and they (the buyers) decide what the prices are.”

Empire Maker filly Mushka tops hersecond sale
The day was topped by the Eaton Sales-consigned hip 374, the Empire Maker filly Mushka who won the Demoiselle Stakes-Gr2. Offered as one of 70 from Zayat Stables, she was bought by Betty Moran's Brushwood Stables fetching the princely total of $2.4m, a considerable advance on her $1.6m yearling price when a sales topper at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga. She stays in training with Bill Mott.

"The whole package is there," said Franny Abbott, Moran's representative. "She' a big, strong filly. She the pedigree, great size, she can run and has tremendous potential as a broodmare."

Biancone returns spending money
The same partnership also sold Baroness Thatcher, a three-time Grade 1 runner-up. A Johannesburg filly, she was bought by Patrick Biancone, who is only recently returning to training after serving a year long ban after investigators found cobra venom in his barn. Biancone trained the filly on behalf of Zayat for nine of her races and went to $1.8 to secure her.

J Z Warrior a choice pick
Another Zayat sale fetched seven figures, this time three-year-old filly J Z Warrior, who boasts a third placing in the Nassau County Stakes-Gr3, for $1,125,000. Olin Gentry of Eaton Sales outbid his partner Tom Van Meter in order to buy the daughter of Harlan's Holiday.

Gentry's early purchases also included a Giant's Causeway colt foal out of a half-sister to Ghostzapper for $150,000 and the mare Golden Antigua, dam of the Grade 3-winning Giant'sCauseway colt Giant Gizmo. Gentry went to $375,000 in order to take her home.

Mother and daughter both in the money
The older mare Oatsee, dam of the Grade 1 winner Lady Joanne and three-time Grade 3 winner Baghdaria, got to $1.55m being bought by My MeadowView. She was sold in foal on a May covering to AP Indy. She had a Forestry colt foal this year and produced an Afleet Alex filly in 2007.

The Unbridled mare followed her daughter Lady Joanne by half an hour into the ring. She fetched $300,000 less than her dam and was bought by Adena Springs. She is a 2004 mare by Orientate and was sold in foal to Mr Greeley on an April covering. Sold by Gainesway on behalf of owner/breeder Bentley L. Smith.

Kern/Lillingston buys daughter of Storm Cat
Kern/Lillingston went to $1.15 in order to buy Apache Plume, a Storm Cat mare who could manage to twice finish second in minor events as a racehorse.  However, she is a sister and half-sister to the Grade 1 winner Aldiza, to the Grade 2 winner Atelier and to the Grade 1 third Aunt Anne. Sold by Middlebrook Farm, she was covered in the spring by Pulpit and believed to be in foal.

Reynolds Bell Thoroughbred Services was active in the early portion of the second day's trading - the agency purchased hip 350, a Listed winnerHarriett Lane, in-foal to Mr Greeley for $450,000, and hip 340, French Satin, a Grade 3-winning half-sister to Grade 1 winner Lion Heart, believed in foal to Hard Spun.

My MeadowView LLC paid $500,000 for hip 335, Forty Gran, dam of Breeders' Cup juvenile runner-up Square Eddie and in foal to Corinthian.




Galileo £11,596,660
Dark Angel £3,699,044
Dubawi £3,194,697
Frankel £2,707,058
Kodiac £2,229,292
Acclamation £2,089,105
Iffraaj £2,067,853
Sea The Stars £1,923,734
Nathaniel £1,880,694
Invincible Spirit £1,699,882