Proud Emma in foal to Charlatan garners $1M

Proud Emma Hip 876. Keeneland Photo

Third session of Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale

Keeneland press release

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Class 3 winner Proud Emmaa 6 year old pregnant daughter of Include charlatan, sold to Jane Lyons Summer Wind Equine for $1 million during the third session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale on Wednesday. Proud Emma was the first million dollar horse on Day 3 of the November auction since 2017, and she increased seven-figure purchases at this year’s auction to 13.

On Wednesday, 214 horses were sold for $40,754,000, a 6.87 percent increase over the corresponding 2021 sale session, when 242 horses fetched $38,134,000. The $190,439 average is up 20.85 percent from last year’s $157,579. The median of $160,000 rose 14.29 percent to over $140,000.

Keeneland sold a total of 547 horses for $142,807,000, an increase of 12.77 percent over the corresponding period in 2021, when the gross price for 586 horses was $126,634,000. The $261,073 average is up 20.81 percent from 2021’s $216,099, and the median is up 9.38 percent from $160,000 to $175,000.

Cormac Breathnach, Sales Manager at Keeneland, with Shannon Arvin. Keeneland photo

“Sales have been very good,” said Tony Lacy, Keeneland’s vice president of sales, “reflecting the dynamics of the market. We have just come from an exciting Breeders’ Cup and there is a deep bank of stallions retiring this year. Many breeders want to improve their broodmare bond and refresh their portfolio, both nationally and internationally.

“There’s a lot of enthusiasm,” Lacy continued. “Buyers are willing to go ahead with the horses they believe have the quality they want. It is the tide that raises many boats. We are currently in a very competitive environment. There is diversity in the market and buyer pool that is really encouraging. Today the 15 best horses were sold to 14 different interests. It is very broad and we are not dependent on one authority. The second horse through the ring today brought $700,000 and the horse six hips from the end brought $725,000 so there is depth all the way.”

“We saw a lot of domestic interest at the top of the market yesterday and today,” said Cormac Breathnach, Keeneland’s director of sales operations. “If you look at the foal market, the median price today was $150,000 and last year it was about $110,000. You can see people get really competitive with the foals. Authentic is a really exciting first stallion, but there’s also Improbable, Volatile, Tiz the Law – several exciting horses that are beginning to gain recognition. As strong as today has been, there is every reason to believe the momentum will continue in Book 3 and beyond.”

Supplied by Bedouin Bloodstock, Agent, Proud Emma is out of Debutante Dreamer, by Proud Citizen and descended from the family of Grade 1 winner America Alive.

“We saw an incredibly beautiful mare that we think Flightline would like,” said Lyon. “We decided to give him a little gift for his performances lately. We tried to find mares that we thought would be a good match for him both physically and in terms of bloodline. I hope he realizes what a task he has ahead of him. We were happy that she was pregnant and we are excited to see her charlatan. He (Charlatan) is a young horse so we hope he will be successful too.”

“She is a big beautiful mare by Include. She’s a great body,” said Conor Doyle of Bedouin Bloodstock. “The price surprised us a bit. We thought it would fetch over half a million. (cover sire Charlatan) played a big (price) role. We are glad she was bought by Summer Wind and will be part of this broodmare gang.”

Anderson Farms/Stonereath Stud paid $725,000 for Distorted Humor’s 3-year-old filly Whimsical Dance (hip 989) supplied by Sam-Son Farm. She is a half sister to Grade 2 winners Say the Word and Rideforthecause and comes from the family of Racing Hall of Famer Dance Smartly, Canadian Champion Dancethruthedawn and Grade 1 winners Smart Strike and Moreno.

“I’ve admired Sam-Son’s operations my entire life, having grown up in Canada,” said buyer Dave Anderson. “I’ve tried to be nearly as good a breeder as they were. This is a filly from her absolute best family. I’ve only watched them once and Distorted Humor over Giant’s Causeway… that’s just something I really wanted to have in my program. I’m really excited to have them. She will be a long term mare in our program. My father passed away 12 years ago yesterday and he and Mr Samuel (of Sam-Son Farm) were good friends and have done a lot of business together over the years so it’s really an emotional purchase for me.”

Zoikes (FR) (hip 618), a 4-year-old daughter of Dubawi carrying to Medaglia d’Oro, sold to Jim Ryan of Ireland for $700,000. She is out of French Stakes winner and Group 1 ranked Glorious Sight by Singspiel and is a half sister to Group 2 winner Glycon. Zoikes was supplied by Indian Creek, Agent.

“It was very well received,” said Sarah Sutherland of Indian Creek. “It’s a great camouflage (Medaglia d’Oro) for her: the Medaglia cross with Dubawi. She was sold for Bob Edwards and e Five Racing. They bought her as a yearling at (the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale 2019) and advertised her here.”

Woodford Thoroughbreds paid $675,000 for the staking winner Message (hip 839)carrying a 6-year-old daughter by Warrior’s Reward charlatan. Brought in by Hill ‘n’ Dale in Xalapa, Agent, she comes from the Carson City mare Song’n Dance and from the family of the multiple Grade 1 winner Win.

“We’re constantly looking for upgrades, and that was a lot of money for them,” Woodford Thoroughbreds agent Lincoln Collins said. “She is an absolutely beautiful mare. In terms of parentage, we can breed them with pretty much anything we like. Warrior’s Reward is beginning to show itself as a broodmare sire. Charlatan was a very good racehorse and will probably be one of the most popular first season sires next year. You know how the market is: youth is more important than experience. All these things combined pushed us to our limits. I have bid a lot of money on many horses and have not received anything to this day.”

Lake Garda (hip 812). Keeneland photo

Lake Garda (hip 812), a 4 year old half sister to Grade 1 winners Hoppertunity and Executiveprivilege who is in foal uncle mo, sold to HR Bloodstock for $600,000. Brought in by ELiTE, Agent, she hails from Refugee, from Unaccounted For and from the family of Racing Hall of Famer Voma Dale

“Just a beautiful mare, obviously royally bred,” said buyer Hunter Rankin. “Really excited for the owner. She will go to Flightline. We thought it was a fair price. We thought she would do well in the market. It looked like she had a lot to do out there. She had all the pieces and parts and then she is in foal to a great stallion. We just really liked the mare and wanted to make sure we got her.”

Find Glory (hip 704). Keeneland photo

Stud and Gage Hill spent $575,000 on it Find Glory (Hip 704)a 5 year old winning daughter of Empire Maker out of breeding Constitution for her first foal. A full sister of stakes winner Mei Ling, Finding Fame is out of Seeking the Gold mare Lochinvar’s Gold and out of the family of Grade 1 winners La Gueriere and Al Mamoon. She was brought in by Gainesway, agent.

“Shug McGaughey trained the mare and she had a lot of talent,” said Gage Hill’s Terry Finley, adding that Finding Fame could be bred to Flightline. “She is a beautiful, tall, pretty mare. We knew that several important players were interested in her.”

AAA Thoroughbreds invested $550,000 to acquire the session’s most expensive weaner, a foal by Gun Runner out of the family of Grade 1 winner Critical Eye and Grade 2 winner Takeover Target. Brought in by Indian Creek, agent, he’s from Twiga, by Union Rags.

“I thought he was the best horse for sale. I just love him,” said buyer Dean DeRenzo. “We bought our first Gun Runner which was (multiple Class 1 winner) Taiba (as a yearling in 2020). We’re really excited. We send him home, let him grow up, see how things go and then we move on.”

ELiTE was the session’s leading consignor with sales of $4,655,000 for 16 horses.

St. George Stables led buyers by spending $1.72 million on six horses.

The November sale resumes on Thursdays at 10:00 am ET and runs through Wednesday, November 16, with all sessions starting at 10:00 am

On Thursday, November 17th, Keeneland will present the November Horses of Racing Age Sale. The auction starts at 12:00 p.m.

All Keeneland sales are streamed live on

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