Irish Derby winner Sovereign sits among a catalogue 254 horses of racing age released by Keeneland for a new single, separate session of its November Breeding Stock Sale in Kentucky.
The sale is set to take place on November 19, the final day of the auction and immediately following the selection of breeding stock.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained Sovereign carried Padraig Beggy to a 33/1 surprise front-running victory in the 2019 Irish Derby over a field that included that year’s winner of the Epsom showpiece, Anthony Van Dyck. The horse has failed to score in six subsequent outings although did run creditably when second to Enable in last year’s King George. He was last seen finishing down the field in the Grade 1 Man O’War Stakes on his first outing for Chad Brown.
Sovereign, who is a Galileo relation to Balanchine, is catalogued as part of the Hunter Valley Farm draft as Lot 3623.
Other lots of interest from an European perspective include the stakes-winning trio Sifting Sands, Value Proposition and Serve The King, all of whom were sourced as yearlings out of Tattersalls. Shadwell’s American division also have a number catalogued through Bluewater Sales.
“We’ve been pleased with how well the horses of racing age section of the November Sale has been received,” Keeneland Vice President of Sales Tony Lacy said. “The timing of the sale is extremely well suited to the racing calendar, coming at the end of the fall racing season as the transition to winter racing is happening and stables are moving to new locations. At this time, people have a lot of opportunity to reassess their stables to best suit where they will race over the winter.”
The format of the horses of racing age sale will be similar to Keeneland’s 2021 April Horses of Racing Age Sale, with live auctioneers at Keeneland. Horses may be presented for sale both physically here and at off-site locations. Internet and telephone bidding will be available.
Keeneland will continue to accept supplements to the horses of racing age section through early part of the November Sale.