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Keeneland November Sale Highlights Racing Prospects

Author: Clint Goodman
Published: Friday November 15, 2019
The Nov. 13 session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale highlighted some racing prospects. This comes as the auction continues to outperform the 2018 edition. 

At the top of the list of Wednesday's session was grade 3 winner New York Central (Hip 3089). He is a Tapit colt purchased by Khalid Mishref for $240,000.

Close behind was One Eyed Jack (Hip 3093), a 3-year-old son of Uncle Mo purchased by Steven Young for $200,000. Young is an agent for an unnamed client. 

WinStar Racing consigned New York Central, who has earned $335,310 with four wins, including the 2019 Maryland Sprint Stakes (G3) at Pimlico Race Course.

He is a half brother to grade 2 winner Corfu and out of Fashion Cat, by Forest Wildcat, and from the family of grade 1 winner Peace Rules. 

WinStar led Wednesday’s consignors after selling 18 horses for a total of $1,634,500. 

According to Mishref, New York Central will be sent to Saudi Arabia to compete in the $1.5 million dirt sprint on the $20 million Saudi Cup undercard on Feb. 29. It will run at King Abdulaziz Racetrack. 

"Hopefully, he will do well for us," Mishref said. "He looks good as an individual. I love his conformation, and he's filled out. Hopefully, the son of Tapit will do well. He could be a stallion prospect in Saudi Arabia down the road; step by step, we're going to try and promote the breeding in the long run."

Steve Asmussen 

Steve Asmussen trained New York Central for WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, and SF Racing. 

"He was a lovely horse, a pleasure to be around in the barn, and he gave us a couple of really nice victories," said Asmussen. "The horse is very straightforward, and hopefully he'll run well for him, and I would expect him to do so.

"He's a very nice individual and a good opportunity. I think probably his biggest win for us was in the Maryland Sprint on the Preakness undercard. That was a very nice win for us.

"He's a very generous horse. He's very clean, an easy keeper. He ought to do well."

Keeneland reported that there were 234 exchanges on Wednesday, and the gross receipts were $7,344,400. The average price was $31,386, with a $16,500 median. 

Compared to 2018 through eight sessions, the gross $191,698,200 for 1,895 sold is slightly above the 2018 total of $187,153,600 for 1,891 sold. The $101,160 cumulative average is about 2.2 percent ahead of 2018, and the median is the same at $45,000, with four days left to go. The cumulative RNA rate is moderate at 20.8 percent. 

Dispersal Horses

The session also saw a group of dispersal horses from Seth Klarman’s Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s partnership consigned through ELiTE Sales. The eight individuals from Klaravich and Lawrence closed out their racing partnership with Bricks and Mortar’s victory in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1T). They grossed $776,000.

At the top, offered without reserve, were Annals of Time and Build to Suit. They were both purchased for $190,000 by agent Mike Ryan on behalf of Klarman. 

Annals of Time (Hip 3136) is a son of Temple City, and he earned his second grade 1 score in the Sword Dances Stakes Aug. 24 at Saratoga Race Course. The 6-year-old has a 5-2-1 record from eight starts, and his earnings are at $860,300. 

Built to Suit (Hip 3142) is a 5-year-old who has never been off the board in 10 starts. His most recent win was the Oct. 19 Hudson Handicap at Belmont Park.

Both horses were trained by Chad Brown.