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Keeneland: turnover increased by 41 per cent at the November sale

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Keeneland November ends with big increases

KEENELAND'S November breeding-stock sale ended on Thursday with double-digit increases across the board, thanks to a host of top-class mares and breeding prospects, including $8.5 million Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic winner Royal Delta, plus the dispersal of the late Edward Evans' prestigious stock.

Total receipts for the 11-day sale increased by 41 per cent to $208,511,200, compared to last year's 13-day sale when 2,929 horses brought$147,392,900.

Keeneland had surpassed 2010 November Sale totals on the fourth day of selling.

The average price for the sale, $81,641, increased by 62 per cent from $50,322 in 2010, while the median of $24,000 was up by 41 per cent from last year's $17,000.

This year, 23 horses sold for $1 million or more, compared with only eight $1 million-plus sales recorded during last year's renewal.

The $8.5 million paid for Royal Deltaset a Keeneland sales record for a horse in training, while a half-sister to horse of the year Saint Liam sold for $2.6 million to establish a North American record for a filly foal sold at public auction.

Keeneland vice-president of sales Walt Robertson said: "The great success of the dispersal sales reinforces Keeneland as the best platform for showcasing top-class bloodstock.

"The dispersals created global excitement and infused the sale with an energyand momentum that carried throughout the remaining sessions.

"Our focus has centered on the recruitment of quality race mares, and that strategy has really reaped rewards. And the strong market gives sellers the confidence to offer those types of mares at Keeneland."

Baccari Bloodstock paid the day's highest price of $27,000 in Thursday's final session for a colt foal by City Zip out of the stakes-winning Yes It's True mare Peisinoe.

During Thursday's final session, Keeneland sold 157 horses for $803,800, for an average of $5,120 and a median of $3,500.




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