“Easy Feeling’ Tops Thursday’s Sale at Keeneland
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Easy Feeling, a 4-year-old winning daughter of Elusive Quality carrying her first foal by War Front, sold for $650,000 to Barronstown Stud to be the most expensive purchase during Thursday’s third session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, which recorded increases in gross sales and average and median prices.
On the first of two days of the Book 2 portion of the sale, Keeneland sold 222 horses for $31,634,000, a 2.75 percent increase from the third session in 2015 when 229 horses brought $30,788,000. The average of $142,495 was 5.99 percent above $134,445 in 2015. The median of $102,500 was up 2.5 percent from last year’s $100,000.
Cumulatively, Keeneland has sold 475 horses for $134,553,000, a 3.66 decrease from the gross of $139,666,000 for 508 horses sold through the corresponding period last year. The average of $283,269 is 3.03 percent above last year’s $274,933, while the median of $170,000 is up 6.25 percent from $160,000 in 2015.
“The session was consistent with last year with a little tick up in average and median,” Keeneland Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell said. “Anything that had a strong pedigree update seemed to have sold well. There was plenty of money here for quality mares and foals. The weanling market is selective like all our markets. Foals that meet the criteria are selling very, very well.”
Consigned by Claiborne Farm, agent, the session-topping Easy Feeling is a half-sister to French stakes winners War Officer and Doo Lang. She is out of the Storm Cat mare Wonder Woman from the family of Group 1 winner War Command, by War Front, and Group 3 winner Naval Officer.
Patrick Lawley-Wakelin, on behalf of the new partnership of Wayne and Cathy Sweezey of Timber Town Stable and Jane Winegardner, purchased two of the day’s top-priced mares, paying $580,000 for Grade 3 winner Bryan’s Jewel, in foal to Speightstown, and $470,000 for Queenie’s Song, in foal to Lemon Drop Kid.
Lawley-Wakelin said Winegardner has been “a dear friend of the Sweezeys for a number of years and decided she would like to get in on a few mares. They are all having fun doing it.”
Consigned by Bedouin Bloodstock, agent, Bryan’s Jewel is an 8-year-old daughter of Rockport Harbor out of the Touch Gold mare Saphiria. She is from the immediate family of champion Left Bank.
“She is one that we were absolutely looking forward to trying to buy all day long,” Lawley-Wakelin said. “She is just a superb individual. When you see a mare like that, when she comes into this kind of market, you know everybody is going to be on it and they were. We are happy we persevered.”
Queenie’s Song, consigned by Lane’s End, agent, is a 5-year-old mare by Unbridled’s Song out of Queen of Money, by Corporate Report. She is a half-sister to stakes winners Quiet Cash and Pocketfullofpesos.
“Mares have been exceedingly tough (to buy) in the last couple of days, so we are really happy to get this mare,” Lawley-Wakelin said. “We love who she is in foal to: Lemon Drop Kid. He is such an outstanding stallion and you can’t ask for a better broodmare sire than Unbridled’s Song.”
Tuesday’s session included the sale of nine horses consigned by Claiborne Farm, agent for Phipps Stable Reduction, for $2,592,000. At $530,000, the high seller was 2005 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) winner and millionaire Pleasant Home, in foal to Orb, sold to Charles Fipke.
R.J. Bennett signed the ticket for Pleasant Home, a 15-year-old daughter of Seeking the Gold out of the Pleasant Colony mare Our Country Place, a half-sister to champion Sky Beauty. Pleasant Home is a full sister to the dam of Grade 1 winners Point of Entry and Pine Island.
Fipke bred and races Pleasant Home’s Grade 3-placed grandson Tale of S’avall, by his stallion Tale of Ekati. He said he plans to breed Pleasant Home to Tale of Ekati.
“She is a Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner and I think that properly mated – even though she is 15 –that I can do all right with her,” Fipke said. “I bought a mare who was 18 called Lady Shirl, and we got a Breeders’ Cup winner (2011 Filly and Mare Turf-G1 winner Perfect Shirl). I figure I would give it a try with this one too. (Claiborne) says she is a sweetie and she is. She’s just absolutely gorgeous. She’s got a really nice personality, and I told them we would look after her excellently and that she would be on the farm till she dies.”
The Phipps Stable Reduction also sold Gasparilla Inn, a 5-year-old daughter of Street Cry (IRE) in foal to Super Saver, to Shimokobe Farm/Polo Green Stable for $500,000. Gasparilla Inn is out of Grade 2 winner Boca Grande, by A.P. Indy, and from the family Pleasant Home.
“She has a very big pedigree,” Yukio Shimokobe said, “so we are very satisfied.”
Claiborne President Walker Hancock was pleased with the results of the Phipps Stable Reduction.
“They don’t sell out of their families too often so when they do, people pay a premium,” he said about the Phipps family. “Some sold for what we thought and others sold for quite a bit more. Quality sells. Buyers had a rare opportunity to get families that are so well known throughout the business. You don’t get that opportunity very often so when you do, you have to stretch for them and pay a premium.”
“The Phipps mares sold very, very well, and we appreciate their support,” Keeneland’s Russell said. “We cataloged them all in (Book 2) as a group to create interest and momentum, which obviously it did. The consignment was well marketed and worked very well. (Phipps Stable principals) were here buying at the September Yearling Sale to get new blood and we look forward to possibly selling a few horses for them every year.”
The session’s top-priced weanling was a filly by Speightstown sold to Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Stables for $390,000. Bedouin Bloodstock, agent, consigned the filly, out of Grade 3 winner Nikkis Smartypants, by Smarty Jones. She is from the family of Grade 1 winner Diamondrella (GB).
Lane’s End was the leading consignor, selling 35 horses for $4,529,000.
Leading buyer Emerald Bloodstock purchased seven horses for $1,395,000.
The November Sale continues through Sunday, Nov. 20.
Sessions start at 10 a.m. ET.
The entire sale is streamed live at Keeneland.com.