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Racing prospects head day nine of Keeneland

HAILSTONE, a Grade 2-placed half brother to Breeders' Cup Mile winner Court Vision, headed the ninth session of theKeeneland November Sale in Kentucky on Tuesday when selling to agent Steve Young for $235,000.

According to Young, four-year-old Hailstone, a son of City Zip consigned by Lane's End, will be trained by Bobby Ribaudo in New York.

Young also purchased the sale's second-highest priced offering when going to $220,000 for Grade 2 Red Smith Handicap winner Grassy. The son of El Prado, who was sold by Claiborne Farm and is a half-brother to Sun Chariot Stakes winner Lady In Waiting, is set to join Marty Jones' stable in California.

"Both are ready-made stakes horses and both appear to have more run to them," said Young.

The sales provided further evidence of how the horsesin training section of the Keeneland November Sale has gained momentum in recent years. Session nine contained approximately 100 racehorses or racing prospects from 393 catalogued but although there were three six-figure lots, trade failed to keep pace with that of 2010.

In all, 260 horses sold for a total of $4,391,700, down 22.5 per cent from 2010, and an average price of $16,891, down 25.5 per cent from 2010. The median price of $10,000 was unchanged.

The day's trade brought the cumulative total for the November sale to $205,584,600, up 45 per cent from 2010 from the corresponding point last year. The average of $95,002 represents an increase of 46 per cent.




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