ELiTE sales has been among the leading consignors throughout this year’s Keeneland November breeding stock sale, and with a healthy offering of racing prospects closing out the Nov. 14 session, ELiTE co-founder Bradley Weisbord feels right at home.
Weisbord’s BSW Bloodstock has enjoyed success in brokering private sales, representing both buyers and sellers. So Weisbord said selling horses of racing age has been a natural for ELiTE, which he launched in January with partner Liz Crow.
“We’re probably the biggest buyer and marketer privately. It was natural to come in here and we had great support from the sales companies, both Fasig-Tipton in July and Keeneland in November,” Weisbord said. “They give great assistance marketing and promoting these sort of days.”
ELiTE finished as the third leading consignor by total and average for the Nov. 14 session at Keeneland with 10 horses selling for $964,000 and an average of $96,400. The session continued a successful sale for ELiTE, which through Tuesday ranked second by average price for consignors with at least two horses sold, with 18 sold for an average of $253,000.
During Tuesday’s session, ELiTE sold the three of the five most expensive horses in grade 2-placed racing prospect Next Shares (Archarcharch), and grade 2-placed, stakes-winning racing or broodmare prospect Code Warrior (Society’s Chairman), who each sold for $190,000. Stakes-winning racing or broodmare prospect Diadura sold for $180,000.
Overall, ELiTE’s top seller at Keeneland is grade 1 winner Paola Queen, who was purchased by Don Alberto Corporation for $1.7 million.
Weisbord said ELiTE works well with all sorts of horsemen. He noted support from WinStar Farm, top trainers Chad Brown and Todd Pletcher, and top owners Michael Dubb and Sol Kumin.
The successful Keeneland November sale for ELiTE follows a Fasig-Tipton Kentucky summer selected horses of racing age sale that saw the consignor sell 11 horses for $2,799,000, with an average of $254,455, to finish as leading consigner by gross and average.
At the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale, ELiTE, serving as agent for Robert Masterson, sold two-time champion turf female Tepin, in foal to Curlin, for $8 million to M.V. Magnier.
The outfit then finished as the leading consignor by average (two or more sold) during the second Book 1 session of the Keeneland November sale with four horses selling for an average of $806,250.
“It couldn’t be going better. In our first year to reach all of these milestones, sell the most expensive in-foal mare ever in the United States,” Weisbord said. “We prepared for this. When you prepare in school for a test, you’re confident and you’ll do great. We prepared to be successful this week, and it’s worked to plan.”
By Frank Angst, Blood-Horse (Full Article Here)