Author: Emily Shields
The marathon Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale comes to a close Sunday, after nearly two weeks of continual action. TVG has been providing on site coverage of the sale, as it always does with Keeneland’s top events.
The top price was $3.2 million for Eclipse Champion and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Take Charge Brandi, who sold in foal to Triple Crown winner Justify. The brilliant daughter of Giant’s Causeway is a half-sister to leading sophomore Omaha Beach, as well as stakes placed Courage Under Fire. Second dam Take Charge Lady was a grade 1 winner at Keeneland, and the dam of Travers Stakes winner and young sire Will Take Charge.
The second highest price was $2.3 million for Eskimo Kisses, grade 1 winner of the Alabama Stakes at Saratoga. She will head to Japan while in foal to Curlin. Her second dam is Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors, the third and final filly to wear the roses. This will be Eskimo Kisses’s first foal.
Top filly Callback brought a bid of $2 million. The daughter of Street Sense is a half-sister to stakes winner Defy Gravity, dam of stakes winner Green Destiny. Her second dam also produced Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and stakes winners Cyrus Alexander and Brethren. Callback was a grade 1 winner at Santa Anita at three.
11 fillies or mares sold for between $1 and $2 million. The dam of Maximum Security, Lil Indy, brought $1.85 million while in foal to leading sire Quality Road. She will go to Summer Wind Farm. Mei Ling, by Empire Maker, brought $1.5 million; she is a stakes winner whose dam is a half-sister to three stakes winners. She sold in foal to Medaglia d’Oro.
Stakes winner Gloryzapper, by Ghostzapper, brought $1.5 million. She earned over $225,000 and is in foal to Tapit. The Violence mare Talk Veuve to Me sold as a racing or broodmare prospect for $1.3 million to Stonestreet Stables.
Rymska (Fr) was one of the first to cause fireworks as hip 77. The popular black mare earned over $800,000 and was a stakes winner both in France and the United States. She was a grade 2 winner at Tampa Bay Downs and multiple grade 1 placed. She brought $1,050,000 from White Birch Farm.
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