Horse Racing

Keeneland HORA Sale Off the Mark at $1 million first year

The inaugural Keeneland November Horses of Racing Age Sale took place on November 17, which saw fireworks arrive late on the day when the dynamic replenishment catalog began. This is the first time the sale has been run independently, with the live category including individuals in their current form who have had recent success on the track or minors ready to hit the track.

“It was a very healthy trading day,” said Tony Lacy, vice president of sales at Keeneland. “There’s a lot of action in the barn, in the back rounds, and a lot of action in the storage. We know this is a good time of year for those trying to reorganize their barns to move horses in. or out of their program They are looking for horses to run at Oaklawn or Fair Grounds or other winter tracks, and here they can do their homework and get a thorough education about the horses. Both buyers and sellers are very welcome.”

At the close of Thursday’s sale, ‘s juvenile pony into naughty Hip 5352, saw a heated bid with partner Gandharvi Racing bidding through dealer Mick Wallace with a $1 million win to dissolve the partnership they shared with China. Horse Club.

Highgate Sales consigned the pony to a partner, who initially purchased the pony from Gaudete for $350,000 from Keeneland’s September 2021 Annual Sale. Top sales are half-brothers with the group ranked 3rd Skiers and from the family of La Comete, the leading mother Munnings and grade 2 Ms. Munnings .

Gandharvi also bought a 2 year old foal (Hip 5348) by Quality Sugar for $250,000 from Highgate Sales. Of the winning bet amount sweet Dreams via candy ride He’s the half brother of the 2nd grade champion subconscious and from the family of Golden Beauty and 2nd Runner-up winners Strike Charmer .

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The shipment led by a Jill Gordon and Jacob West partnership saw 15 of the 16 horses from their banner sell for a raise of $3,383,000, with an average price of $3.383,000. $225,533, became the top shipper of the day.

(LR): Jacob West and Jill Gordon.  Hip 5352 colt by Gaudete's Into Mischief at Highgate Sales for $1 million<br /> Last day of Keeneland November and HORA section at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., November 17, 2022.” src=” 11/5265beaff42740ad9cd58fefa2d59a6c.jpg?preset=medium” style=”border-width: 0px;” title=”(LR): Jacob West and Jill Gordon.  Hip 5352 colt by Gaudete’s Into Mischief at Highgate Sales for $1 million<br /> Last day of November Keeneland and HORA section at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., on November 17, 2022.”/><figcaption><small>Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt</small></p>
<p>(LR): Jacob West and Jill Gordon</p>
<p>“We never imagined our first year when we started Highgate at Fasig-Tipton in February with peak sales and ended the year at Keeneland HORA in November with sales,” said Gordon. another top row—it was beyond anything we could have imagined,” said Gordon.  “We cannot express our gratitude to our customers for placing their trust and their horses in our hands. It has been an incredible year.”</p>
<p>“This segment is currently sold separately and we think it is off to a great start,” said Cormac Breathnach, managing director of sales at Keeneland.  “It’s adjacent to Stall Sale, but it’s a different market with a later entry deadline and more flexibility with supplements. Racehorses are now more focused in front of the trainers than they were in the past when it was a time when racehorses were more focused on the trainers than they were in the past. racehorses span many days with the stallion We did a little over $6 million in total last year when we put racehorses at the end of the Stall Sale and this year we got just over 11 million dollars. That’s significant. , and we’re going to try to grow it from here.”</p>
<p>In just one day of the sale, 170 of the 201 horses that crossed the ring were sold for a total of $11,547,500, matching the median price of $67,926 and the median of $35,000.  Thirty-one individuals who failed to meet their entry price to represent an RNA ratio of 15.4%.</p>
<p><figure class=Michael Smith, 2022 Keeneland November (HORA) Aged racehorses for sale
Photo: Photo Keeneland

Michael Smith with the China Horse Club

China Horse Club made four purchases on Thursday totaling $1,385,000 to be the top buyer of the day.


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