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Overbrook continues Keeneland dominance

Year Cat Offered Sold Agg Average Median
2009 400
313 252 26,833,000 106,480 75,000
2008 398
224 24,698,000 110,259 82,500

AFTER providing nine of the ten most expensive lots on day two of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, the Eaton Sales-consigned Overbrook Farm dispersal maintained its dominance in the auction's third session on Thursday.

Overbrook mares accounted for the two highest-priced horses on the day. WinStar Farm went to $875,000 to secure the top lot, Lasting Appeal, a winning six-year-old daughter of A P Indy sold in foal to Awesome Again.

WinStar president Doug Cauthen said that Lasting Appeal would be bred to his farm's Distorted Humor, as the stallion had "done really, really well with A P Indy mares."

Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm paid $510,000 for the second highest-priced lot, Katz Me If You Can, a 13-year-old daughter of Storm Cat and Grade 1 heroine Cuddles in foal to Indian Charlie.

Pope said: "I love her, she's very nice for a Storm Cat. We tried to buy a Storm Cat mare that had produced, but that didn't work. So we're gambling that the Tiznow or the Unbridled's Song [the mare's previous two foals] will come on and make the pedigree."

Blandford Bloodstock was on the mark for Nursey Place-offered Keladora, a six-year-old daughter of Crafty Prospector and Poule d'Essai des Pouliches runner-up Karmifira who was a winner in France and the US. The mare, who is carrying to Dixie Union, set the Newmarket-based agency back $420,000.

Other European buyers active on day three included Hamdan Al Maktoum's Shadwell Estate Company, who struck for a $300,000 Taylor Made Sales-consigned filly foal by Dixie Union from the family of Grade 1 runner-up General Meeting, BBA Ireland, who spent a total of $420,000 on three mares, and Tally Ho Stud, who paid $60,000 for a colt foal by El Prado, and $30,000 for another colt foal, this one by Quiet American.

Turnover on day three rose by nine per cent on the equivalent session last year, but the average price of $106,480 was down three per cent from $110,259 and the median fell by nine per cent from $82,500 to $75,000.

The average price at the sale for the first three sessions combined is running at 18 per cent lower than last year, while the median is down by 12 per cent.

Keeneland director of sales Geoffrey Russell said at the conclusion of the third day's trading: "It was a very cosmopolitan group of buyers, but we're also seeing very strong play from domestic mare buyers, so that's a positive sign."





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