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Plum Pretty sells for $4.2 million

A day after Whisper Hill Farm owner Mandy Pope paid a world-record $10 million for Horse of the Year Havre de Grace at Fasig-Tipton’s fall selected mixed sale, she returned to action Tuesday at Keeneland, paying $4.2 million for 2011 Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty.

In 2011, major dispersals by the estates of Edward Evans and Saud bin Khaled – including Royal Delta’s $8.5 million sale – bolstered Keeneland’s November sale. Together, those dispersals accounted for more than $72 million of the 2011 gross receipts. Figures this year fell across the board, and Keeneland said the bump from last year’s dispersals was the major difference.

At Tuesday’s opening session, 100 horses sold for a total of $27,665,000, down 56.3 percent from the $63,276,500 that 147 horses brought last year. The average price fell 35.7 percent to $276,650, and the median declined 44.6 percent to $127,500. Walt Robertson, Keeneland’s vice president of sales, pointed out that, minus last year’s dispersals, the median was $165,000, which would reduce the 2012 shortfall in median to 22.7 percent.

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t_v, Are you familiar with the current and ongoing work of Dr. Dorothy Cheney of the University of Pennsylvania? My educational background is in biology/medicine as well, and Dr. Cheney is doing interesting work on animal friendships.
Would you like to have your own blog, tv? I'd read it.
That said: friend has a very old gelding who likes the atmosphere of the track and was a lead pony after his 9 year career (won at 11) was over. He is used in the truck as a partner to calm down nervous younger horses. Five minutes removed from that trailer and he would have no idea who that other horse was.
My undergraduate and post graduate studies were all in Zoology. I love animals and have been around them all my life BUT I learned long long ago, they are not human,,,,,not even close. THAT ALONE is probably why they are my preferred company when and if I have to make a choice. Honest, consistent, but NOT instrospective...They just are simple beings.
Do you even give one about this subject? I think you just like me.
Don't I merit a third-page dissertation on my word choice or all-over wrongness, tv? it's been a few days.
No, not joking.
pasture mates? you must be joking
It will be nice if Plum Pretty and Havre De Grace get to be pasture mates. Seems like they got to know each other at Taylor Made Farm.
**I expect HER to produce....
Certainly worth the money in my opinion. With the A.P. Indy, Seattle Slew, Private Account, and d' Oro in her bloodlines, I expect to produce some good foals.

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