Paris Lights, first-year winner, brings $ 3.1 million to first book in Keeneland November sale – Horse Racing News



Spending farm paid $ 3.1 million for Curlin’s Grade 1-winning filly Paris Lights to lead the opening session of Book 1 of Keeneland’s November breeding sale on Wednesday.

Paris Lights, which was completed by Book 1, was the penultimate horse to appear in the ring during the session, which included seven horses sold for over $ 1 million each and the highest price paid for a weaning at public auction in North America this year.

“It was a good, stable and strong session,” said Shannon Arvin, President and CEO of Keeneland. “We felt great about how the day went today. It was as we had planned and hoped for. We’ve heard a lot of people say it’s hard to buy. They were unable to fill their orders, so hopefully they will look to do so in the next nine sessions.

Keeneland sold 118 horses on Wednesday for $ 50,634,000, for an average of $ 429,102 and a median of $ 330,000. Last year, 128 horses sold for $ 49,775,000, for an average of $ 388,867 and a median of $ 280,000.

“Overall it was a very honest, fair and encouraging session,” said Tony Lacy, Keeneland vice president of sales. “The popularity and success of American pedigrees around the world is evident. (International buyers) are excited to be back (after pandemic travel restrictions of the past). As we welcome more and more visitors from all over the world, we see a more diverse group. They are active and they will be in books 2 and 3. They are not going anywhere anytime soon. It’s encouraging as we move forward into the next year or two. “

Paris Lights was presented by ELiTE, agent, as a prospect or broodmare. A 4 year old filly out of the winner Bernardini Paris Bikini mare, she comes from the Broodmare of the Year Better Than Honor family, winner of grade 2 Smolensk and winner of grade 3 America and First Captain.

“A very classic American racehorse – a big, big-span filly,” said Spendthrift general manager Ned Toffey. “I think she will fit in evil (held in Spendthrift) really good. We are happy to have it.

Toffey said, “The market is very strong. It was pretty good at all levels and very competitive. We tried one earlier and didn’t get it. (The price of Paris Lights) was exactly what we thought we had to pay. We hoped to have it for less. She comes from as good a family as the one we have in the studbook. We (always) try to add selected mares to our group of broodmares.

Paris Lights raced for the WinStar Stablemates Racing partnership.

“Having her be our first filly to win the first year in such a short time is very special in itself,” said Mary Cage, manager of WinStar Stablemates. “And that she can then come to Keeneland in November and sell for such a high price is really a testament to the quality of fillies and mares that we are able to offer these people to be a part of the experience.” of property.

“Partnerships and unions are so important in getting people into sport at a fraction of the cost, a fraction of the risk,” Cage added. “And being able to do it at that level, I think it’s kind of a unique experience that they’ll remember forever.”

Masahiro Miki of Japan paid $ 2.3 million for 3rd year winner Tapit Pink Sands, who is carrying her first foal by Into Mischief. Consigned by Gainesway, agent, the 6 year old mare is bred from Grade 1 winner Her Smile, by Understand.

“She’s been a little above what we expected to get for her by coming here,” Gainesway general manager Brian Graves said of Pink Sands. “It wasn’t much more than we thought we could get for her, but obviously everyone is really happy. It was really good. We felt we had a chance to be one of the best mares in volume 1 with her, and we are so thrilled.

Miki was the first buyer of the session, spending $ 3,675,000 on three horses.

Claiborne Farm, agent, went to $ 1.4 million to acquire Satin And Silk, a 4-year-old Galileo girl carrying her first foal by undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify. Consigned by Eaton Sales, Agent, the mare is a half-sister to the Grade 1 Materiality winner and the Grade 2 winner and Grade 1 listed My Miss Sophia and the family of Grade 1 winners Embellish the Lace and Afleet Express. Her dam is the winner of Stakes Wildwood Flower, by Langfuhr.

“(Satin and silk were purchased) for a farm customer,” said Bernie Sams, Stallion Seasons & Bloodstock Manager at Claiborne. “We liked her, and My Miss Sophia is on the farm and we know the family.”

The family recorded a recent update when Annapolis, a foal by War front of My Miss Sophia won on October 3rd Grade 2 Pilgrim Stakes at Belmont Park.

Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings spent $ 1.15 million on the Scat Daddy Downside Scenario mare, which bears a sibling to 2nd year winner Mutasaabeq. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, the 8 year old mare is a half sister to Group 3 winner Cool Cowboy. Her dam is Grand Breeze, by Grand Slam.

“It was a little above expectations,” BlackRidge Stables seller Will Daugherty said of the downside scenario price. “We bought this mare in 2018 (at the Keeneland Horse of All Ages sale in January) for $ 250,000 and obviously had great success from the start with Mutasaabeq (sold for $ 425,000 at the November sale 2018). And she just kept delivering for us all through the end. We had a great partner at Randy Hill on it from start to finish. We are happy to see her go.

Taylor Made Sales Agency was the primary shipper for the session, selling 29 horses for $ 8,615,000.

Three horses sold for $ 1.2 million each.

Dana Bernhard paid the proceeds for Mind Out, Tapit’s winning and face-off filly, who was listed as a potential broodmare. Recorded by Agent Gainesway, Mind Out is a 4-year-old half-sister of Canadian champion Miss Mischief whose mother is the face-off Lemon Drop Kid Kid Majic mare. She is part of the family of first year winners JP’s Gusto and Letruska.

“She is a beautiful Tapit filly, who showed a lot of talent on the track,” said Matt Weinmann, who represented the buyer. “It’s a very nice family. We played with a few horses from this family. We are really excited about it. The Bernhards are just starting to launch their broodmare, and she will be one of our best broodmares on the farm.

Bernhard also spent $ 700,000 on Glitter and Gold, a half-sister to champion Swiss Skydiver who is full of Curlin. Glitter and Gold is a winning daughter of Bodemeister.

“These are our first two broodmares,” Weinmann said, “and we’ll see where it goes from here.”

First-year winner Maxim Rate was sold to Ever Union Shokai for $ 1.2 million. Eaton Sales, agent, delivered the 5-year-old daughter of Exchange Rate, who has been labeled as a racing or broodmare candidate.

Ken Mishima, who signed the ticket, said Maxim Rate would go to Japan to be high.

“The price was high, but she is a beautiful mare,” said Mishima.

Mt. Brilliant Farm spent $ 1.2 million on book supplement 1 Look Me Over, a half-sister to Saturday’s unbeaten TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance winner and alleged champion male of 2 years Corniche. Consigned by Agent Hunter Valley Farm, Look Me Over is a 4 year old mare carrying her first foal by Kitten’s Joy. Her dam is the Grade 2 Wasted Tears winner, by Najran.

“We had three horses all day that we loved and this one (Paris Lights) we couldn’t afford and then the one we bought (Look Me Over),” said Mt. Brilliant owner Greg Goodman. . “We loved her, she was our first choice. We’re really happy. She’s beautiful. We talked about it (to who to raise her in the future), we just haven’t decided yet.

At $ 800,000, the most expensive weaner of the session was a daughter of Frankel who is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Arizona and Grade 2 winner Nay Lady Nay, bought by Ds agent Phil Schoenthal. Hatman Thoroughbreds by Matt Dorman. Four Star Sales, agent, presented the filly, whose dam is the Channel mare Lady Ederle. She comes from the family of European champion Dabirsim and Group 1 winner Bright Generation (IRE).

Dorman said having Frankel as a father made the filly particularly attractive.

“It’s a big page, a big family,” Dorman said, “and she has a great conformation so she ticked all the boxes. She will be in the racing program and hopefully improve her page and will go from there.It’s long term for us.

Dorman said the market is “pretty strong. There are some really good horses that people have brought out, and there is still a lot of pent-up demand.

The November sale continues Thursday with the first two-day Book 2 session. TVG2 will present live coverage of the session from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET and from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The auction continues until Friday, November 19, with all sessions starting at 10 a.m.

The final session on November 19 will end with a single portion dedicated to horses of racing age after the conclusion of the breeding herd. A total of 285 horses of racing age have been cataloged up to the closing day and will follow the total of 148 breeding heads in the catalog.

Keeneland will be accepting supplements for horses in the race age section until mid-November.


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