2022 Breeders’ Cup November Sale at Keeneland

Whatever the financial health of the wider world, there is always a solid market for high-quality horseflesh, and that was amply demonstrated at the post-Breeders’ Cup broodmare auctions, which also featured the sale of a small interest in the world champion BC Classic winner Flightline, who was retired to stud after his weekend heroics. Find here which horses were sold at the 2022 Breeders’ Cup November Sale

Spending flurry led by stake in Flightline

There was plenty of big money to be won at the Breeders’ Cup on Friday and Saturday, but there was even bigger money being spent at the two major breeding stock sales that followed the world championships.

It wasn’t the highest bid that made the most headlines, however, as before the fillies and mares got going there was a little piece of Flightline action to be conducted at the Keeneland November Sale. Up for grabs was a 2.5 per cent stake in the unbeaten all-time-great Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, who has been retired to stud, and that tiny slice of premium horseflesh brought a winning bid of $4.6 million.

That values the whole of Flightline at a staggering $184m, a huge mark-up on his racetrack earnings of $4.5m and a vivid illustration of the enormous potential of the colt’s forthcoming stallion career.

It wasn’t the biggest price-tag of the night, though, that honour going to former champion racemare Midnight Bisou, who fetched $5.5m at the final bid of Katsumi Yoshida, the owner of Northern Farm in Japan. Yoshida also spent $2.7m on the British mare Dreamloper, who had run down the field in the Breeders’ Cup Mile but had previously won twice at G1 level in France.

There were many more big names going under the hammer the day before at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale in Lexington, including several females who had competed at the Breeders’ Cup.

Dual G1 winner Campanelle, seventh in the BC Turf Sprint, fetched $5m to the bid of MV Magnier of the Coolmore empire, who paid even more to take home the sale-topping 2020 BC Filly & Mare Sprint winner Gamine, who cost the Irishmen a cool $7m. It is possible that Campanelle will continue to race, but Gamine will give birth to a Quality Road foal early next year.

Definitely on her way to the broodmare paddocks is Shedaresthedevil, who won ten of 21 races including the 2020 G1 Kentucky Oaks and fetched $5m when going through the sale-ring. She may be set for a date with Flightline, or possibly Gun Runner. BC Distaff runner-up Blue Stripe, who played an integral part in the most exciting finish of the whole weekend, was sold for $4m and is also likely to head directly to the breeding sheds.

The aforementioned Katsumi Yoshida was very active at Fasig-Tipton, spending lavishly on a promising harem of new broodmares. The most costly was G1 La Brea winner Kalypso, who fetched $2.1m, and she was accompanied into Yoshida’s shopping basket by G1 Test winner Bella Sofia ($1.85m), Going To Vegas ($1.5m), twice winner of the G1 Rodeo Drive and down the field on her final start in the BC Filly & Mare Turf, and G2 winner Plum Ali ($600,000).

More expensive than all of these was G1 Del Mar Oaks winner Going Global ($2.5m), while G1 Del Mar Debutante winner Grace Adler was also highly prized, falling to a final bid of $2m, and G1 Gamely winner Ocean Road brought $1.625m.

Finally, one filly who didn’t go to the sales but has officially been retired is BC Distaff heroine and six-time G1 winner Malathaat, who will become a star member of the Shadwell broodmare band.

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