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Keeneland November Catalogue Down 17.6%
Keeneland announced 4,702 horses have been catalogued for its 13-day November breeding stock sale (November 10-22) which is "a decline of 17.6% from the record 5,709 in 2008," reported bloodhorse.com. Keeneland associate director of sales Tom Thornbury said the downturn "could be attributed to recent declines in the marketplace & a cutback in production by some breeders". Thornbury noted: "I really think it can be based on a recognition there is over-production & a reduction in the number of mares that were bred this past year. They were judged to be not productive & they were not bred. The other half of the answer would be that some breeders are retaining horses they do not want to sell in a buyer's market." Included in the November sale are dispersals of 2 of North America's most prestigious breeding establishments: the Young family's Overbrook Farm & Windfields Farm (founded by the late E.P.Taylor).