Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Mushka Brings $2.4 Million to Top Tuesday Session of Keeneland November Sale

Lexington, KY (November 4, 2008) – Graded stakes winner Mushka brought a final bid of $2.4 million from Elizabeth Moran’s Brushwood Stable to top Tuesday’s session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

By Empire Maker out of the stakes-winning Seeking the Gold mare Sluice, Mushka won the Demoiselle Stakes (G2) at two and, in her last start prior to the November Sale, an allowance race on opening day of Keeneland’s fall meeting. Franny Abbott, who acted as agent for Mrs. Moran, reported that the three-year-old filly will remain in training with Bill Mott.

“The whole package is there,” Abbott said in describing Mushka’s appeal. “She’s a big, strong filly. She has the pedigree; great size; she can run; and she has tremendous potential as a broodmare.”

Mushka was consigned by Eaton Sales, agent for Zayat Stables LLC.

The session’s second-highest price of $1.8 million was paid for Santa Ysabel Stakes (G3) winner Baroness Thatcher, sold as a racing or broodmare prospect. Patrick Biancone, who formerly trained the four-year-old daughter of Johannesburg, signed the ticket on behalf of an undisclosed group of buyers. Biancone reported that Baroness Thatcher will join his stable in California. She was consigned by Eaton Sales, agent for Zayat Stables LLC.

On Tuesday, Keeneland sold 150 horses for gross sales of $42,006,000, down 39.5 percent from the corresponding session in 2007 when 186 horses brought $69,435,000. Average price was $280,040, down 25 percent from last year’s $373,306. Median price decreased 27.3 percent from $220,000 to $160,000.

Cumulative gross sales for the first two days were $90,027,000, down 49.6 percent from last year’s $178,499,000. Average price was down 35.9 percent from $469,734 to $301,094. Median price of $170,000 decreased 32 percent from last year’s $250,000.

“There was more uniformity to today’s session; it was more comparable to the Tuesday session last year. We saw active bidding from a wide range of people and countries,” said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland’s director of sales, noting that the market continued to place a premium on quality young race fillies.

Eight horses broke the million-dollar barrier on Tuesday versus 11 sold on the corresponding day last November. A total of 19 million-dollar horses have been sold on the opening two days compared to the record-equaling 39 that were sold during the first two sessions in 2007.

The stakes-producing Oatsee, in foal to A.P. Indy, and her stakes-winning daughter, Lady Joanne, in foal to Mr. Greeley, brought the day’s third- and co-fourth-highest prices, respectively.

Lincoln Collins, as agent for Leonard Riggio’s My MeadowView Farm, paid $1.55 million for the 11-year-old Oatsee. By Unbridled out of the Lear Fan mare With Every Wish, Oatsee is the dam of multiple graded stakes winners Baghdaria and Lady Joanne. She was consigned by Belvedere Farm Inc. (Marty Takacs), agent.

Lady Joanne, who recorded six wins in 11 career starts, including victories in the Alabama (G2), Golden Rod (G2) and Dogwood (G3), was purchased in foal to Mr. Greeley for $1.25 million by Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs Farm. The four-year-old Orientate mare was consigned by Gainesway, agent, for Bentley L. Smith Revocable Trust (Continuing Dispersal).

Jon Kelly went to $1.25 million to acquire the multiple Group stakes- winning filly Carribean Sunset (IRE) from the consignment of Paramount Sales, agent. The three-year-old Danehill Dancer filly was sold as a racing or broodmare prospect.

A half-sister to two-time Whitney Handicap (G1) winner Commentator brought the day’s highest price for a weanling, selling for $520,000 to WinStar Farm, agent. The filly, by Distorted Humor, was consigned by Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent.

Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale continues through Monday, November 17. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. daily.

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