Book 2 brings solid busi­ness

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Miss Ex­clu­sive and Mar­quee Miss each sold for $750,000 as the Keeneland Novem­ber breed­ing stock sale reached the end of its Book 2 por­tion with pos­i­tive fig­ures.

Through the first three ses­sions of Keeneland Novem­ber, com­pris­ing the auc­tion’s sin­gle-ses­sion Book 1 plus two days des­ig­nated as Book 2, a to­tal of 574 horses sold for gross re­ceipts of $125,227,000. The sim­i­lar sec­tion of the mar­ket last year grossed $144,097,000 for 660 horses over two Book 1 ses­sions and two Book 2 ses­sions.

The cu­mu­la­tive av­er­age price through Books 1 and 2, $218,166, was vir­tu­ally un­changed from $218,329 through the same two books last year. The me­dian price sat at $150,000, up 15 per­cent from the com­pa­ra­ble $130,000. The buy­back rate was 27 per­cent, com­pared with 26 per­cent.

A to­tal of nine horses sold for half a mil­lion or more dur­ing Keeneland’s two Book 2 ses­sions on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day, fu­el­ing an av­er­age price of $151,537 for the book. That fig­ure is up 16 per­cent from a Book 2 av­er­age of $130,939 last year. Miss Ex­clu­sive sold for $750,000 to Mt. Bril­liant Farm dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s ses­sion to tie for the top price of Book 2. Five-time stakes win­ner Mar­quee Miss sold for the same price on Tues­day, go­ing to WinS­tar Farm.

Miss Ex­clu­sive, in foal to Noble Mis­sion, was con­signed by Mill Ridge Farm, as agent for breeder Jud­dmonte Farms, which rarely of­fers fil­lies from its top fam­i­lies at pub­lic auc­tion. The daugh­ter of Un­bri­dled’s Song is out of 2005 Eclipse Award cham­pion turf mare In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal.

“We tried to buy some­thing from this fam­ily from Jud­dmonte at Tat­ter­salls year be­fore last, and we got out­bid,” Mt. Bril­liant owner Greg Good­man said. “We’ve wanted to be in the fam­ily for a long time, to get a mare like this for a long time, so we’re ex­cited.”

In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal, by Dane­hill, won eight graded stakes in the U.S. high­lighted by the Breed­ers’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. She is the dam of stake­splaced Ab­seil.

In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal is out of Jud­dmonte’s great mare Hasili, mak­ing her a full sis­ter to Eclipse Award and Cartier Award Eu­ro­pean cham­pion Banks Hill, Cana­dian Horse of the Year Champs El­y­sees, mul­ti­ple Grade 1 win­ner Cacique, and Group 2 win­ner Dan­sili, and a half-sis­ter to mul­ti­ple Grade 1 win­ner Heat Haze and Grade 3 win­ner Deluxe.

Mar­quee Miss, a half-sis­ter to Grade 1 win­ner Promises Ful­filled, will join WinS­tar’s brood­mare band af­ter sell­ing on Tues­day. WinS­tar ex­ec­u­tive El­liott Walden said plans for the mare’s first mat­ing will be fi­nal­ized later.

“Haven’t fig­ured that out yet,” Walden said. “We’ve got a few op­tions.”

WinS­tar has a 22-horse stal­lion ros­ter, with two new ad­di­tions to sup­port this year in Ken­tucky Derby win­ner Al­ways Dream­ing and Grade 2 win­ner Good Samar­i­tan. WinS­tar also co-owned Triple Crown win­ner Jus­tify, who will be­gin his stal­lion ca­reer at Cool­more’s Ash­ford Stud.

Mar­quee Miss, by Cow­boy Cal, won the 2015 Ar­ling­tonWash­ing­ton Lassie in her ca­reer de­but, and took the Dixie Belle and Martha Wash­ing­ton stakes early the fol­low­ing year at Oak­lawn. She went on to win the 2016 Hol­i­day In­au­gu­ral Stakes at Tur­fway Park and won the Flashy Lady Stakes this Septem­ber at Rem­ing­ton Park.

Bolt d’Oro re­tired to stud

Mul­ti­ple Grade 1 win­ner Bolt d’Oro has been re­tired and has set­tled in at Spendthrift Farm, where he will be­gin his stud ca­reer in Fe­bru­ary.

Bolt d’Oro has not started since fin­ish­ing 11th in the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Hand­i­cap on June 9 for owner and trainer Mick Ruis. The Medaglia d’Oro colt sub­se­quently was moved to trainer Steve As­mussen and fresh­ened, with a long-range goal of start­ing in the Grade 1 Clark Hand­i­cap on Nov. 23 at Churchill Downs as a pos­si­ble ca­reer fi­nale. Bolt d’Oro had been work­ing steadily at Churchill Downs in re­cent weeks, but emerged from his fi­nal pub­lished work, on Oct. 17, with a slight set­back, and the de­ci­sion was made to re­tire him to Spendthrift, which had se­cured his breed­ing rights in the fall of his 2-year-old sea­son. The colt has been show­ing to breed­ers this week dur­ing the ma­jor Novem­ber breed­ing stock sales in Lex­ing­ton.

“He’s set­tling in re­ally well,” Spendthrift’s Ned Tof­fey said. “We gave him about a week on the farm to set­tle in and ac­cli­mate be­fore we started show­ing him, but he’s such a good-minded horse. I think the first time we laid eyes on him, we could ap­pre­ci­ate that about him . . . . He’s a re­ally in­tel­li­gent horse, and I think that was some­thing that was a good part of his suc­cess, and is help­ing him set­tle in re­ally well.”

Bolt d’Oro won the first three starts of his ca­reer, in­clud­ing the Grade 1 Del Mar Fu­tu­rity and Grade 1 Fron­tRun­ner Stakes, be­fore fin­ish­ing third in the Breed­ers’ Cup Ju­ve­nile at Del Mar. He re­turned to win the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes via the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of McKinzie in March, then fin­ished sec­ond to even­tual Triple Crown win­ner Jus­tify in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby. He was 12th on the sloppy track in the Ken­tucky Derby be­fore start­ing in the Met Mile five weeks later.

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