KEENELAND UP

Sales at Keeneland’s November breeding stock auction remained higher than last year after Thursday’s session, where $4.6 million was paid for 259 horses, a 20.9 percent climb from the comparable session in 2006.

The day’s top price went for Whole Emblem, a 3-year-old filly by Our Emblem sold as a broodmare prospect. She sold for $130,000 to Big D Stables and was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency as agent. The filly is a half-ssiter to Grade II Monmouth Breeders’ Cup Oaks and Grade II New York City Astarita winner Top Secret.

Gross sales Thursday of $4,622,200 compared with last year’s $3,824,500 for 226 horses. The day’s average of $17,846 increased 5.5 percent from $16,923 in 2006.

Overall, 2,666 horses have been sold compared with 2,635 in 2006, for gross sales of $332,692,100, an increase of 7.8 percent from last year’s $308,580,000. The average rose 6.6 percent from $117,108 a year ago to $124,791.

Keeneland’s 15-day November Breeding Stock Sale continues through Monday.