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$1.85m Quiet Now tops Keeneland day three

AFTER an incredibly strong showing through the first two days of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in Lexington, Kentucky, things returned to normal during session three.

However, the dispersal of the late Edward P. Evans' Spring Hill Farm continued to create fireworks, with the broodmare Quiet Now, another from the Evans dispersal, topping session three after selling to Claiborne Farm for $1.85m.

Seth Hancock of Clairborne Farm said: " I've wanted something from that family for a long time,I just love her family. She's a nice, big mare and I loved her weanling."

In foal to City Zip, Quiet Now is out of the stakes-winning Quiet American mare Quiet Dance and is a half-sister to 2005 horse of the year Saint Liam.

The sale of Quiet American was of great significance as it meant the complete dispersal of horses owned by the late Edward P. Evans became the highest-grossing public sell-off of bloodstock ever in North America, selling for a combined total of $49,669,500.

Lane's End, acting as agents for the Evans dispersal, has sold 101 lots for just short of $50m, at an average of $491,777. Figures have been helped by the sale of 12 horses that have made $1m or more, the sale of Christmas Kid to Coolmore for $4.2m on Monday being the highlight.

If you add the sales of the 50 Evans horses sold by Lane's End during this year's Keeneland September yearling sale, totalling $6,527,000 the combined sum for the dispersal was $56,196,500.

The previous record for a public sell-off of thoroughbreds was held by the Nelson Bunker Hunt dispersal, who sold 580 horses for $46,912,800 during the 1988 January Horses of All Ages Sale at Keeneland.





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