Figures steady as Keeneland sale nears end

Figures on par with 2015 as Keeneland nears end By Ron Mitchell of Blood-Horse 12:52PM 20 NOV 2016

FOLLOWING Saturday's penultimate session of the 13-day Keeneland November Breeding-Stock Sale, the auction is on nearly even terms with the 2015 stand that totaled 12 days, with gross receipts down two per cent and the average price almost identical.

Going into the Sunday finale, Keeneland reported 2,531 horses sold for $214,603,100, compared with the $218,959,400 for 2,575 horses sold through the same number of sessions a year ago.

The average of $84,790 is just below last year's $85,033, while the median of $30,000 remains the same from 2015.

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On Saturday, Keeneland sold 149 horses for $918,900, down 24 per cent from the 200 sold last year for $1,219,400. The average of $6,167 was just above last year's $6,097 and the median of $3,700 remained unchanged from 2015.

Lady Susan, a Pleasant Tap mare in foal to Point of Entry , was purchased by Adel M Alataway for $42,000 to top the session. Consigned by Adena Springs, Lady Susan earned $114,196 while racing from ages 3 to 7, with eight wins and 14 placings to her credit.

The eight-year-old mare is out of the stakes-placed Regal Classic mare Georgiana Lake, and from the family of Grade 1 winners Magazine and Relaxed Gesture. She sold with a no-guarantee season to Awesome Again, who stands at Adena Springs, the Frank Stronach-owned farm that sold 17 horses for $189,700 to be the session's leading consignor.

At $40,000, the second highest seller was the winning 4-year-old Bertrando gelding Portando purchased by Three Diamonds Farm. Gainesway, agent, consigned Portando, who is out of the multiple stakes-winning Choisir mare Porto Marmay and from the family of four-time Hong Kong champion River Verdon.

Leading buyer KOID, a South Korean entity, purchased six horses for $52,500.

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