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Keeneland November to feature Windfields Farm, Overbrook dispersals

Another new day dawns at Keeneland (Michael J. Marten/
Keeneland kicks off its 66th annual November Breeding Stock Sale on Tuesday. Highlighting the 13-day sale, which runs through November 22, will be the dispersals of two of North America's most prestigious breeding establishments -- Windfields Farm, founded by the late E.P. Taylor, and the W.T. Young family's Overbrook Farm.

Also featured among the 4,702 horses cataloged are mares in foal to such first-year stallions as two-time Horse of Year Curlin and 2008 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness S. (G1) winner Big Brown.

"As the sale opens, there are positive signs emerging on both macro and industry levels," said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland director of sales. "There are certain segments of the global market where recovery is underway in earnest. As such, we anticipate greater international participation based on the strength of certain currencies against the American dollar and keen interest in recent overseas sales."

Russell also commended the industry for its positive response to the internal issue of overproduction.

"There is improvement with regard to oversupply, which will likely be overcome before the macro issues are resolved," he said. "The 2009 Report of Mares Bred is down, which leads to less horses cataloged for November."

The dispersals of Windfields and Overbrook Farms mark the end of a storied era for Keeneland.

The Taylor family's Windfields Farm bred a record 48 champions, including Northern Dancer, whose stature and influence as a Thoroughbred sire, and a sire of sires, is unmatched and inextricably tied to Keeneland. Northern Dancer won Keeneland's 1964 Blue Grass S. on his way to becoming Canada's first Kentucky Derby winner. As a sire, his dominance of the Keeneland sales is evidenced by the fact that he led the July Selected Yearling Sale sire by average price 12 times from 1974-1988. In 1984 his 12 yearlings sold for a sale-record average of $3,446.666. Brookdale Sales will serve as agent for the Windfields consignment.

Northern Dancer's prominence at Keeneland continued through grandson and leading sire Storm Cat, a homebred stallion from the Young family's Overbrook Farm. Storm Cat perennially led the July and September yearling sales sire lists, and frequently topped the November Sale sire list. He was pensioned in 2008. Eaton Sales will serve as agent for the Overbrook dispersal.

Also of unique interest this November will be 22 mares consigned by Adena Springs with foals by their sides that were produced by Southern Hemisphere-timed matings to such stallions as Awesome Again, El Prado (Ire) and Ghostzapper, among others.

Mares in foal to such young stallions as After Market, Bernardini, Corinthian, First Samurai, Hard Spun, Henny Hughes, Henrythenavigator, Invasor (Arg) and Street Sense, among others, also are cataloged.

Additionally, mares covered by such established sires as A.P. Indy, Awesome Again, Birdstone, Candy Ride (Arg), Danehill Dancer, Distorted Humor, Dixie Union, Dynaformer, El Prado (Ire), Elusive Quality, Empire Maker, Galileo (Ire), Ghostzapper, Giant's Causeway, Gone West, Kingmambo, Medicean, More Than Ready, Mr. Greeley, Pulpit, Rock Hard Ten, Smart Strike, Speightstown, Street Cry (Ire), Tapit, Tiznow and Unbridled's Song, among others, will be offered.

Weanlings representing many of the world's top sires, such as A.P. Indy, Birdstone, Candy Ride (Arg), Distorted Humor, Dynaformer, Elusive Quality, Empire Maker, Ghostzapper, Giant's Causeway, Gone West, Kingmambo, Lemon Drop Kid, Malibu Moon, Mr. Greeley, Pulpit, Smart Strike, Speightstown, Street Cry (Ire), Tapit, Tiznow and Unbridled's Song, among others, will be offered.

Also consigned are weanlings by such promising young sires as After Market, Any Given Saturday, Bernardini, Bluegrass Cat, Bob and John, Borrego, Corinthian, Discreet Cat, English Channel, First Samurai, Flashy Bull, Half Ours, Hard Spun, Henny Hughes, Invasor (Arg), Jazil, Latent Heat, Lawyer Ron, Master Command, Medaglia d'Oro, Political Force, Rockport Harbor, Scat Daddy and Street Sense, among others.

Sale sessions begin daily at 10 a.m. (EST). Live coverage will be provided at


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