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2012 Keeneland Breeding Stock Sale

 

Each year Keeneland Race Track holds 4 major auction sales of Thoroughbred horses.  They are held in January, April, September and November.  Top thoroughbred breeders, trainers, owners and prospective owners come from all over the world to attend the sales.  The amount of money that changes hands during these events is amazing with top prospects selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars and, occasionally for millions of dollars.  Our good friend Homer Rader who is the Farm Manager at Columbiana Farm in Paris, Kentucky had two of his client's horses entered in the November sale.  They were scheduled to sell on Friday, November 9, 2012.  He suggested that I come down to see some of the sale and to take a few photos of the horses he had entered.  I have attached a small group of photos to this page that were taken around the grounds at the sale.  They include photos of the horses Homer had consigned and also of a new farm intern named Takuya who had just arrived from Japan the previous Friday. Purely by coincidence, while wandering the grounds I had taken a few shots of a pregnant mare that was being walked and prepared for the sale ring.  A few minutes later that mare, whose name was Pure Clan (hip #279), went on the block and was the top seller for day 2 of the sale.  She brought a staggering $4,500,000.  Once she was sold, I was able to capture a few more photos of her as she was led from the sale ring and have included them in the attached photos.  

       

This is what $4,500,000 worth of horse flesh looks like!

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2012 Keeneland November Sale

2012 Keeneland November Sale

   

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