Spurred by a diverse group of international and domestic buyers active at all levels of the market, the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring sale of 2-year-olds in training came to an end April 28 with records set in key statistical categories.
A Creative Cause filly was purchased by Kaitar Racing for $850,000 during the April 28 final session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.
After scoring a big pinhooking profit during the April 28 final session of Ocala Breeders' Sales spring sale of 2-year-olds in training, Billy Koch became emotional when discussing the effort required to get a horse to that point.
Led by a record-priced $2.45 million Tiznow colt who was one of three seven-figure transactions, the third session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring 2-year-olds in training sale posted dramatic increases April 27.
A Union Rags colt was purchased by Red Barons Barn and Rancho Temescal for $1 million late during the April 27 session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring 2-year-olds in training sale.
A Tiznow colt from Bobby Dodd's consignment lit up the Ocala Breeders' Sales auction ring April 27, when he was purchased by M.V. Magnier of Coolmore Stud for a record $2.45 million.
A new pinhooking partnership group made a big hit at the April 27 session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring 2-year-olds in training sale, where a Union Rags colt was sold for $1 million, a tie for the second-highest price of the sale.
For a brief moment April 27, a dark bay or brown daughter of More Than Ready (Hip 778) was the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring sale-topper when sold for $1 million, only to be eclipsed by the record-priced Tiznow colt (Hip 793) sold for $2.45 million.
A Tiznow colt out of the Distorted Humor mare Moonbow lit up the board during the third session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales spring 2-year-olds in training sale when he sold to Coolmore's M.V. Magnier for $2.45 million April 27.
Among the last horses through the ring during the April 26 second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring 2-year-olds in training sale was an attractive daughter of Malibu Moon who eventually went to Speedway Stable for $650,000.
A son of Medaglia d'Oro produced by grade 2 winner Indian Vale was purchased by a high-powered partnership for $850,000 to become the new sale-topper at the Ocala Breeders' Sales spring 2-year-olds in training auction.
Continuing the momentum from the previous day’s opening session, the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring auction of 2-year-olds in training continued its bull run April 26, with strong increases in gross and average prices.
A group of four high-profile owners banded together April 26 to purchase a well-bred son of Medaglia d'Oro for $850,000 to become the new sale-topper at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring 2-year-olds in training sale.
Andro and Tracey Price had the biggest score to date for their pinhooking operation when a Munnings filly bought for $67,000 sold for $425,000 during the April 26 of the second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring sale.
A well-bred daughter of Distorted Humor sold for $575,000 to become the first 2-year-old of the second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring sale to pass the half-million dollar mark early April 26.
With brisk across-the-board trade, the Ocala Breeders' Sales spring sale of 2-year-olds in training kicked off with double-digit increases in gross and average.
A daughter of Creative Cause was purchased by Peter Brant's White Birch Farm for $575,000 to become the second-highest priced offering on the April 25 first day of the Ocala Breeders' Sales spring 2-year-olds in training sale.
An Orb colt purchased as a yearling for $30,000, reflecting his small size, brought a high bid of $685,000 from Three Chimneys Bloodstock, as agent, during the April 25 session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales spring 2-year-olds in training auction.
Bobby Dodd’s consignment to the Ocala Breeders’ Sales includes a striking son of Tiznow that is one of the buzz horses of the auction that began April 25.
An Orb colt purchased for $30,000 as a yearling lit up the Ocala Breeders’ Sales bid board April 25 when purchased by Three Chimneys Bloodstock for $685,000.
If the brisk activity in the barn area is any indication, Ocala Breeders' Sales is poised for a strong spring 2-year-olds in training sale.
Hips to watch for Ocala Breeders' Sales' spring 2-year-olds in training sale.
A daughter of leading sire Tapit, produced from multiple grade 1 winner Evening Jewel and bought as a yearling for $400,000, is the highest-priced previously purchased 2-year-old consigned to the Ocala Breeders' Sales spring sale.
There has been strong demand for 2-year-olds in training through the first four auctions of 2017, but the juvenile marketplace will undergo its stiffest test April 25-28 when Ocala Breeders' Sales conducts its spring sale in Ocala, Fla.
Speed was on display during the April 20 under tack show in preparation for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring 2-year-olds in training sale as two 2-year-olds zipped an eighth-mile of :09 3/5.
When Tattersalls dropped the final gavel on its Craven breeze up sale, the Newmarket, England-based auctioneer had completed a two-day sale in which key statistical figures soared to record levels.
A Malibu Moon filly from the Eddie Woods consignment had the fastest quarter-mile time of :20 4/5 during the April 19 third session of the under tack show in preparation for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring 2-year-olds in training sale.
Five juveniles shared the eighth-mile workout time of :09 4/5 during the April 18 second session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales 2017 spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.
They were there to roast their mentor, but by the end of the night April 17 at the Keeneland sales pavilion, the seven prominent trainers who cut their teeth under legendary D. Wayne Lukas ended up toasting their former boss.
Kentucky State Senator Damon Thayer discussed the state of the equine industry during the Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association's educational symposium April 17.
Spectacular weather and one of North America's highest purse structures that drew some of the top horses in training combined to boost the numbers in every major statistical category for Keeneland's first seven days.
Keeneland announced a new program April 12 that will pay a cash bonus to any Book 1 September yearling sale graduate that wins a grade/group 1 stakes anywhere in the world. The bonus will be split between the seller and buyer.
Mark "Snake" Thompson, a fixture at North American racetracks and sales for several decades, continues to improve from the effects of a stroke as his friends and colleagues continue to help raise funds for his care.
Dennis O'Neill's keen eye has yielded two Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winners and another of his sale finds, Irap, is en route to Churchill Downs following a stunning upset victory in the April 8 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2).
Mongolian Saturday, whose affinity for the Keeneland turf course includes the 2015 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1T) and last year's Woodford Stakes (G3T), headlines the field of nine entered in the $200,000 Shakertown Stakes (G2T) at 5 1/2 furlongs.
With three juveniles bringing in excess of six figures, the Texas Thoroughbred Association’s sale of 2-year-olds in training April 4 soared over last year’s auction at Lone Star Park.
The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council has adopted a statement supporting screening limits at drug-testing laboratories as a result of the proliferation of irrelevant substances that have shown up at low levels in equine drug tests.
Following a one-day delay in the under tack show due to inclement weather, the Texas Thoroughbred Association’s sale of 2-year-olds in training remains on track for April 4, with an amended starting time.
Fasig-Tipton is adding a new one-day selected sale consisting of yearlings suited for grass racing to be held Sept. 10 at the company's Newtown Paddocks in Lexington.
A colt by three-time leading sire Tapit supplemented into the Barretts select sale of 2-year-olds in training tops the list of hips to watch during the March 29 auction at Del Mar.
With trainer Ian Wilkes looking to put more of a bottom into undefeated 3-year-old McCraken, the Ghostzapper colt breezed six furlongs in 1:13 2/5 at Keeneland the morning of March 27.
King and His Court and Bronson, two 3-year-old horses entered in the JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (G3) March 25, have taken different paths to the Turfway Park race and are headed in different directions after the race.
A gray colt from the first crop of Graydar was purchased by West Point Thoroughbreds for $90,000 to top the renewal of the Pegasus Training and Rehabilitation Center’s 2-year-olds in training sale.
When Conquest Farenheit outran his rivals for a 2 1/4-length win in the Pasadena Stakes, the 3-year-old became the latest success for horses sold in November as part of the Conquest Stables dispersal.
The Pegasus Training and Rehabilitation Center's sale of 2-year-olds in training will be renewed Tuesday, March 21 in Redmond, Wash.
Prominent agent Steve Young recalls purchasing Rebel Stakes (G2) winner Malagacy at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Zayat Stables hit it out of the park at the second session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s March sale of 2-year-olds in training, fueling a vibrant market that resulted in increases in gross and average for the two-day auction.
A Pioneerof the Nile colt produced a healthy return on his original purchase price when sold to Robert and Lawana Low for $1 million during the March 15 second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2-year-olds in training sale.
Lawrence Best struck again at the seven-figure level at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2-year-olds in training sale, buying an Arch colt for $1,050,000 in the name of his OXO Equine.
Agent Steve Young went to $900,000 to acquire a Union Rags colt from the family of Canadian champion Delightful Mary midway through the March 15 second session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2-year-olds in training sale.
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