Now that some horses race on synthetic tracks or are sold at juvenile auctions after working over synthetic surfaces, have buyers at Thoroughbred sales changed how they make their selections?
Donato Lanni's is the bloodstock services director for Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington. But he's also the person Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert turns to when he searches for future classic winners.
Read what buyers and consignors had to say about the May 17 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic juvenile auction. Read Story
Gross, average, and median rise 23%, 14%, and 8%, respectively, while the buy-back rate falls, and a $650,000 Medaglia d'Oro filly sets a record for a female Thoroughbred sold at public auction in Maryland.
A swift Medaglia d'Oro filly established a record for a female Thoroughbred sold at public auction in Maryland when she brought $650,000 May 17 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training in Maryland.
Amazing Hearted, a Lion Hearted colt, brought $240,000 as the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training got under way May 17 in Timonium, Md.
The front-running gelding takes the first added-money event on the Preakness (gr. I) Day program at Pimlico.
The auction firm's officials are pleased with the quality of the horses and have heard there are a number of horsemen interested in buying.
According to exercise rider, the colt's attitude is "I know what I've done, and I'm going to do it again."
Trainer believes Schoolyard Dreams could finish ahead of Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner if he gets a clean trip.
Consigned to the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training, she works a quarter mile in :21 3/5.
They are the quickest at a quarter mile, each turning in a time of :21 3/5 during the first session of the under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Cocalero, whose $675,000 price topped the 2009 Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training, made his career debut May 8 and won. Read Blog
The 18-year-old mare, honored as champion 3-year-old filly in 1995, will be bred to Unbridled's Song.
Many will rely on the same buying strategies they used in 2009 and will continue to proceed with caution.
The bay weanling brings NZ$220,000 ($159,782 in U.S. funds) on the opening day of the New Zealand Bloodstock national weanling and broodmare sale.
Speightstown filly upsets last year's winner and favorite, champion Informed Decision.
Gross, average, and median all fall during breeze up action, which was held April 30 in England.
Son of Limehouse rolls to a 1 1/2-length win at Churchill Downs to score his second consecutive victory.
But the co-owner isn't afraid to lose and calls the La Troienne "just one step toward the ultimate goal, an appearance in the Breeders' Cup World Championships later this year at Churchill Downs.
Woods worked with both Line of David, Big Brown in his Florida-based sales program.
The two men, in the name of Gulf Coast Farms, bred morning line favorite Lookin At Lucky and Conveyance.
The daughter of Dixie Union is coming into the race off of four consecutive wins.
Fifteen of the 25 most recent Kentucky Derby winners were reported as being sold once or more at public auction before they captured the classic. Read Blog
The son of Afleet Alex brought $525,000 at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling auction.
Probable Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite covers five furlongs in 1:00 4/5.
Six-furlong effort in 1:15 "wasn't really the work we wanted," according to trainer John Sadler.
Gloom and doom is dissipating as many juvenile auction results stabilize or improve.
Improvements, which are scheduled to be completed in late June or early July include new seating, lighting, and colors.
Bahia Beach topped the ninth annual Adena Springs sale of 2-year-olds in training, bringing $115,000 April 18 in Central Florida.
The Central Florida auction, which starts April 19 and runs for four days, has 1,221 horses in its catalog.
A High Fly filly turned in a sizzling work April 16 during the fourth and final session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida.
Graduates include recent Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner Stately Victor, whose $250,000 price topped the 2009 edition of the auction.
A Congrats filly and a Yes It's True colt each work a quarter mile in :20 3/5 during the third session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.
A Freud filly posted the fastest workout time for a quarter mile April 14 during the second session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida.
A filly by Da Stoops was among the standouts April 13 during the first session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's spring sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida.
Many 2-year-olds in training are still scheduled to go through the sale ring this year, but the five major select juvenile auctions ended their 2010 run in early April at Keeneland. Read Blog
Rate of return on investment rises to 50.7% even though the financial risk increased.
The buy-back rate for the April 5 juvenile auction drops while the gross and median price increase; average off 5.4%.
Son of Bernardini purchased by Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables.
Trainer John Ward buys him for John Oxley from Eddie Woods, agent.
Birdstone colt brings $310,000; Indian Charlie filly sells for $325,000.
Easter Sunday was a holiday for many people, but buyers and consignors were hard at work at Keeneland getting ready for the sale of 2-year-olds in training. Following is a list of horses they said could bring big prices.
Our Perfect Ten, a daughter of Medaglia d'Oro, missed the Keeneland under-tack show because of a shoeing mishap but got the chance to work April 4, a day before the 2-year-olds in training sale.
The auction will wrap up the select juvenile selling season, which has enjoyed some modest rebounds.
The five 2-year-olds had been purchased at 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale.
Here is a list of standouts in the auction based on workout times, yearling purchase prices, and pedigrees.
On a beautiful spring day, chestnut juvenile works a quarter mile in :20 3/5.
They spent more money to buy their stock as yearlings, so they will need to sell their horses for more money as 2-year-olds.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. February select sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida has a reputation for producing good runners. But the size of its catalog keeps shrinking, which makes the sale's future shaky.
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