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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Stallion Prospects Top Sunday at Keeneland

Lexington, KY (November 16, 2008) – Earth Planet and Major General, each sold as a racing or stallion prospect, headlined Sunday’s session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

Oscar Lobo paid $60,000, the day’s highest price, for Earth Planet. The four-year-old colt is a half-brother by Distant View to several stakes winners, including Group 1 winner and European high weight Danehill.

Major General, a three-year-old colt by Empire Maker out of graded stakes winner Out of Reach (GB), brought a final bid of $55,000 from Hutton and Capin.

Both colts were consigned by Mill Ridge Sales, agent.

On Sunday, a total of 189 horses sold for gross receipts of $1,244,600, down 13.1 percent from 2007 when 169 horses brought $1,432,300. The session average of $6,585 decreased 22.3 percent from last year’s figure of $8,475, while the median was down 50 percent from $6,000 to $3,000.

With one more day of selling to go, a total of 2,869 horses have grossed $184,888,400, down 45.7 percent from last year when 3,267 horses sold for $340,203,700. The average of $64,443 represents a 38.1 percent decrease from $104,133 in 2007. The median was down 37.1 percent from $35,000 a year ago to $22,000 this year.

Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale concludes Monday. The session begins at 10 a.m.

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