Spendthrift Keeneland Sales Review

November 22, 2021

The Keeneland November Bloodstock Sale wrapped up on Friday after a solid 10 days of trading.

With 3893 horses catalogued to go through the ring, the November Sale is one of the biggest, and most popular, in the world. This year, sales officials reported gross sales of US$203,585,500 (AU$281,420,000) for 2470 horses sold, with the average price US$82,423 (AU$114,000).

Amongst the lots, Spendthrift was strongly represented by the first weanling crop from Omaha Beach (USA) and Vino Rosso (USA). Plenty of good feedback had been received from breeders upon the arrivals of their foals, and that positivity shone through in the results of this Sale.

The catalogue included 14 Omaha Beach weanlings on offer, with an average selling price of US$135,000 (AU$186,600).

The top of those was Lot 176, a US$300,000 (AU$415,000) colt out of Achalaya (USA) and half-brother to multiple Group winners Casa Creed (USA) (Jimmy Creed {USA}) and Chess’s Dream (USA) (Jess’s Dream {USA}).

Lot 176 – Omaha Beach (USA) x Achalaya (USA) colt | Image courtesy of Keeneland 

Vino Rosso had 24 weanlings representing the multiple Group 1-winning son of Curlin (USA), selling at an average price of US$98,000 (AU$134,000).

Vino Rosso’s highest priced weanling was Lot 112, a US$340,000 (AU$467,000) colt out of Tiznow (USA) mare Fair Huntress (USA), from a family with plenty of back-type on the page.

Lot 112 – Vino Rosso (USA) x Fair Huntress (USA) colt | Image courtesy of Keeneland 

The progeny of both shuttle stallions had also proven popular at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale on November 9th prior to the Keeneland Sale. Here, Vino Rosso’s weanlings sold for up to US$150,000 (AU$200,000) while an Omaha Beach filly, out of Medaglia D’Oro (USA) mare Glory Gold (USA), sold for US$220,000 (AU$304,000).

Both shuttle stallions have been well received in their first two seasons in Australia, booking out both times. We, and breeders, have been excited to see the quality of their first Southern Hemisphere foals that have arrived this season and we will be watching their careers with interest.