KEENELAND MARCHES INTO BOOK 3
by Jessica Martini
LEXINGTON, KY - The Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale continued to generate steady trade as its two-session Book 3 opened Thursday in Lexington. A pair of mares from the Bluewater Sales consignment brought the day's co-highest price of $300,000 and were joined at that price by a weanling colt from the first crop of Mendelssohn who was purchased by Larry Best from the Four Star Sales consignment.
During Thursday's session, 227 head grossed $13,153,000. The session average of $57,943 ticked up 2.29% from last year's corresponding session and the median dipped 6.67% to $42,000. The session's buy-back rate was 24.33%. Eleven horses sold for $200,000 or over during the session, compared to three reaching that threshold in 2019.
TIZ THE LAW CONFIRMED FOR PEGASUS,FRANCO SACKED
Confirming a report from Bill Finley in the Nov. 11 edition of the TDN, Sackatoga Stable=s Tiz the Law (Constitution) will train on in 2021 as a 4-year-old, with the $3-million GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park Jan. 23 as his target. In a release pushed across its social media channels Thursday afternoon, Sackatoga announced that Manny Franco, who had ridden Tiz the Law to victories in the GI Curlin Florida Derby, GI Belmont S. and GI Runhappy Travers S. and to a runner-up effort to Authentic (Into Mischief) in the GI Kentucky Derby, would be replaced by Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez.
In last Saturday's GI Longines Breeders= Cup Classic, Tiz the Law broke alertly from gate two, but was taken hold of by Franco to sit behind the pacesetting Authentic. He came under pressure with about three furlongs to race and could make no late impact, finishing sixth as the 3.20-1 favorite. Cont. p9
FORMER SESSION TOPPER GIVEN AWAY AS ZAYAT LIQUIDATION CONTINUES
by T.D. Thornton
After nine months under court-appointed receivership to liquidate and manage its remaining equine assets, the insolvent Zayat Stables, LLC, is down to 12 remaining horses at eight locations, according to an October status report filed Nov. 11 in Kentucky's Fayette Circuit Court. Cont. p11