As the juvenile selling season gets ready to open in South Florida, many signs point to a continued upswing in the Thoroughbred marketplace.
Which 2-year-old will top the Feb. 8 Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. select auction at Calder Race Course? We don't know for sure, but here are some horses that were getting the most attention from buyers Monday at the sale barns:
Eight days after suffering a spill at Gulfstream Park, jockey Gary Boulanger was upgraded to stable condition Feb. 7 at Memorial Regional Hospital in nearby Hollywood, according to his agent.
The second race at Bay Meadows Feb. 6 was declared a no contest after four of the six horses in the $16,000 maiden claiming event were affected by a spill in deep stretch.
Central Bank will sponsor Keeneland's Transylvania Stakes (gr. IIIT). Because of Central Bank's sponsorship, Keeneland is increasing the purse for the race to $150,000-guaranteed. Previously, it was run for $100,000-added.
As the mixed sale season comes to a close, the numbers decreased during the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic winter sale Feb. 7 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds at Timonium. Tanta Bertie, an 8-year-old daughter of Slew City Slew, topped the sale with a final bid of $80,000 from Erdenheim Farm.
French group I winner Hold That Tiger's first crop includes a filly out of the Dehere mare Senorita Dehere.
Hook and Ladder's first reported foal is a colt born Jan. 18 at Lewis and Brenda Lakin and Becky Thomas' Lakland North near Hudson, N.Y.
Exetera, a grade II stakes-placed son of Forty Niner, has been moved to Berkshire Stables at Ascot Stud near Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada.
The much talked-about sale of Buckram Oak Farm to Kendall Jackson winery owner Jess Jackson closed Feb. 4, an adviser to Jackson confirmed Feb. 7.
Two farm properties with historical significance to the Thoroughbred industry near Ocala, Fla., were involved in recent sale transactions.
Current Irish riding champion Jamie Spencer has quit his position as stable jockey for trainer Aidan O'Brien, leaving behind one of the highest profile jobs in European racing.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Kentucky Equine Education Project's position on racetrack gaming will hinge on whether its board of directors believes such a pursuit is in the best interest of Kentucky residents, a KEEP official said Feb. 5 during a meeting with members of the media at Turfway Park.
Snowden Carter, who served as general manager of the Maryland Horse Breeders' Association and editor of The Maryland Horse from 1962 until his retirement in 1986, died Feb. 3 of heart failure at his home in Owings Mills, Md. He was 83.
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