Wayne Sweezey had a sleepless night Sept. 13, after a well-bred horse he consigned to the Tuesday session of the Keeneland September yearling sale went unsold following a rare mistake by the well-respected horseman.
The Keeneland September yearling sale's second session offered plenty of excitement: a new sale topper, an expensive buy-back that turned out to be a mistake, two high-priced yearlings sold by Airdrie Stud, and a continued uptick in prices.
They saved the best for last during the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale when a colt by Tapit out of the grade I winner Hooh Why was bought by Crupi's New Castle Farm for $1.2 million.
The first colt produced from Horse of the Year Havre de Grace was bought back by Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm for $1.9 million during the Sept. 13 second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Brereton C. Jones' Airdrie Stud had its second $900,000 yearling sale during the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 13 when Japan-based Shadai Farm went to that level for a War Front colt.
A striking gray Tapit colt who is a half brother to multiple grade I winner Mucho Macho Man is among the top horses to watch for during the Sept. 14 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
One of the best-bred Tapits in the Keeneland September yearling sale catalog lit up the bid board early during the Sept. 13 second session, selling for $900,000 to William Mack and Robert Baker.
Boosted by a broad-based international buying bench and the appeal of top-caliber sires Medaglia d’Oro, Tapit, and War Front, the marathon Keeneland September yearling sale had a solid opening Sept. 12.
A War Front filly who is from the family of recent group I winner Churchill became the second-highest-priced offering at the Keeneland September yearling sale when agent John Ferguson went to $900,000.
A Medaglia d'Oro colt became the first seven-figure purchase during the first session of the Keeneland September yearling sale. M. V. Magnier of Coolmore Stud bought the colt for $1 million early during the Sept. 12 session.
A War Front colt produced from Havre de Grace and a Bernardini colt who is a half brother to the Horse of the Year are among the top horses to watch during the Sept. 13 second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
The Keeneland September yearling sale that begins Sept. 12 features some of the hottest bloodlines in the world and has attracted top buyers from around the world.
With so many siblings and half siblings to top-class runners and so many yearlings sired by the world’s leading sires, winnowing down the list of top horses to watch to light up the Keeneland September sale bid board can be a daunting task.
If success on the racetrack transcends into success in the sales ring, Keeneland is well-poised to have a successful marathon September yearling sale that could end the downward spiral experienced by previous sales this year.
Three colts sired by Pioneerof the Nile are among the top 10 pinhook prospects for the marathon Keeneland September yearling sale based on their respective purchase prices when they initially went through the sales ring as weanlings.
Fillies by Silent Name and Justin Phillip shared top price of CAN$95,000 ($72,485) during the Sept. 1 Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Ontario Division Canadian preferred yearling sale.
VinMar Farm near Versailles, Ky., has decided to disperse, with horses to be sold at Keeneland’s September yearling sale and November breeding stock sale, which begins Nov. 8. St. George Sales will handle the dispersal.
The first yearling sale held in Texas since 2014 was conducted Aug. 29 at Lone Star Park, topped by a colt and a filly by the state’s leading sire Too Much Bling that sold as part of the dispersal of Lane’s End Texas.
Though horses bred by Machmer Hall finished second in graded stakes over the weekend, it was Drefong's King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) victory that the farm's connections found most exciting.
The value of a Medaglia d'Oro filly consigned to the Keeneland September yearling sale increased after her half brother Arrogate romped to a Travers Stakes (gr. I) triumph in track-record time.
Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Reckling graduated in his second start, going wire-to-wire to win the first race on the Travers Day card at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 27.
John Veitch, the Hall of Fame trainer and former chief steward for Thoroughbred racing in Kentucky, has won another round in his lentgthy court battle with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission over the convoluted Life At Ten case.
There were no surprises at the first open session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s August yearling sale, as the free-fall in prices and large percentage of buybacks seen the previous day during the select sale continued at the Aug. 24 session.
With only five 4-year-old fillies entered, what the $750,000 Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 27 lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in quality.
- By Ron Mitchell
The only Mineshaft yearling in the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August yearling sale is among the horses to watch during the Aug. 25 final session of the two-day open sale in Ocala, Fla.
Topped by a son of Flatter sold for $210,000, the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August select yearling sale session mirrored recent sales with declines in all key statistical categories and a high buy-back rate.
A son of third-leading first crop sire Mission Impazible is among the yearlings that could attract buyers’ attention during the Aug. 24 second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August sale.
After taking some hits in the 2-year-old market, especially in the lower- to mid-price ranges and in the late-season auctions, those who buy horses primarily to be sold later said they would be more selective in their purchases this year.
The only Ghostzapper yearling cataloged and the highest-priced pinhook are among the horses to watch during the Aug. 23 select session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August yearling sale in Ocala, Fla.
With declines in the three previous yearling sales to date this year as polarization between the top and the rest of the market continues, the next test will take place with the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.'s Aug. 23-25 auction.
A yearling colt by City Zip was purchased by Robert Hess Jr. for $50,000 to top the Aug. 16 Northern California yearling and horses of racing age sale.
- By Ron Mitchell
Inside Straight, who scored his first stakes win last out after several transformations, tops the oversubscribed field for the Aug. 20 Canadian Derby (Can-III) at Northlands Park Racetrack and Casino in in Edmonton, Alberta.
When Stuart Morris and his clients were deciding on venues for their yearlings being offered for sale, they chose the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s August sale for a son of Flatter, bypassing the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale
Mo Diddley, a son of Uncle Mo from the family of champion Bear Now, became the highest-priced yearling ever sold at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred sale Aug. 14 when he was bought by Everett Dobson's Cheyenne Stables for $450,000.
Trainer Linda Rice continued her bullish buying at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale Aug. 14, this time taking down a Mineshaft colt who is a half brother to millionaire Upstart for $335,000.
Mo Diddley, a son of Uncle Mo from the family of champion Bear Now, was bought by Everett Dobson's Cheyenne Stables for $450,000 to become the new sale-topper at the midpoint of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale.
A City Zip colt from the Indian Creek consignment was purchased by Linda Rice on behalf of Sheila Rosenblum for $375,000 to become the top-priced offering at the Aug. 14 Fasig-Tipton sale of New York-bred yearlings.
The buzz around the barn area for the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale the morning of Aug. 14 was all about the developments the previous day when the sale’s first session was rescheduled following a major thunderstorm.
Due to a horrific storm that moved through upstate New York Aug. 13, the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale was postponed for the evening and is rescheduled to Aug. 14 at 3 p.m. EDT for one continuous session.
Horses to watch for during the Aug. 14 second session of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred sale.
With the higher-profile Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale now in the history books, many of the same consignors who had horses in that sale are gearing up for the New York-bred yearling sale.
A son of The Factor purchased as a weanling for $190,000 is among the top horses to watch for during the Aug. 13 first session of the Fasig-Tipton sale of New York-bred yearlings in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Pinhookers who deal in the upper end of the bloodstock market had a very good Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Aug. 8-9.
- By Ron Mitchell
China Horse Club’s U.S. expansion was on full display at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale as the leading buyer, with six yearlings purchased for $3,100,000.
The opportunity to buy a well-bred filly from the stock of Josephine Abercrombie proved irresistible to Mandy Pope, who bought a Medaglia d’Oro filly from the breeder for $1.45 million to top the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale Aug. 9.
A Medaglia d'Oro filly from the consignment of Craig and Holly Bandoroff's Denali Stud lit up the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale bid board Aug. 9 when she was bought for $1.45 million.
The appetite for Tapit yearlings continued Aug. 9 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale when a half brother to four-time grade I winner Princess of Sylmar was sold to China Horse Club for $800,000.
Powerhouse owners Stonestreet Stables and Coolmore Stud joined forces to buy a Pioneerof the Nile colt for $950,000 to top the Aug. 8 first day of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.
A Pioneerof the Nile colt who was one of the last horses through the ring was sold for $950,000 to become the top-priced offering at the Aug. 8 first session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.
A Ghostzapper filly who is a half sister to superstar Songbird was purchased by Tom Haughey's PTK Racing for $800,000 during the Aug. 8 first session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale
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