KEENELAND NOVEMBER SALE WRAPS UP
By Christie DeBernardis
Despite the upheaval and chaos caused by COVID-19 this year, the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale proceeded during its usual spot on the calendar following the Breeders' Cup, which was held at the Lexington oval this year. Starting on Nov. 9, the auction concluded its 10-day run Wednesday with nine million- dollar mares, topped by Grade I winner Concrete Rose (Twirling Candy), who sold to Larry Best's OXO Equine for $1.95 million.
Throughout the 10-day auction, 2,286 horses sold for a gross of $157,815,300. The average was $69,036 and the median was $25,000. In total, 521 Thoroughbreds left the ring unsold.
Last year's Keeneland November Sale took place over 12 days with 2,671 horses summoning $200,135,200, with an average of $74,929 and a median of $25,000. Overall, 682 horses failed to meet their reserves. These numbers include post-sale transactions.
The 2019 edition of this auction was topped by champion Take Charge Brandi (Giant's Causeway), who brought $3.2 million from Hill 'n' Dale at Xalapa, while carrying a foal by Justify. There were 14 mares who brought seven-figure price tags last term.
Best bought the sale's top two lots: the aforementioned Concrete Rose (Hip 216), who brought $1.95 million; and Indian Miss (Indian Charlie) (Hip 32), the dam of champion Mitole (Eskendereya), who hammered for $1.9 million, carrying a foal by the nation=s leading sire, Into Mischief.
Best was the sale's leading buyer by gross with 17 horses purchased for a total of $7,965,000. Eight of those 17 were mares to add to Best's burgeoning broodmare band and to support his new stallion Instagrand (Into Mischief), who stands his first year at stud at Taylor Made for 2021. Best's other nine purchases were weanlings to add to his racing stable.
Taylor Made was the sale's leading consignor for the fourth straight year and the 24th time since 1987. The consignment sold 208 horses for a total of $18,957,600.
GSW BRAVAZO TO STAND AT CALUMET IN 2021
Calumet Farm's Bravazo (Awesome Again--Tiz o' Gold, by Cee's Tizzy) will be the newest addition to the nursery's stallion roster in the 2021 season. The 5-year-old will stand for $6,000, with discounts given for multiple mare packages and quality mares. Trained by Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, the dark bay earned $2,033,195 in career earnings through four seasons on the racetrack.
At two, he was second in the GI Claiborne Futurity S. and annexed the GII Risen Star S. early in his sophomore season. A close-up second behind subsequent Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year Justify in the GI Preakness S., Bravazo also finished second in the GI Betfair.com Haskell Invitational S. before a third-place effort in the GI Runhappy Travers S. Bravazo rounded out the season with a third in the GI Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile followed by a second in the GI Clark H.