The number of horses sold, gross revenue, average price, and median price all dropped at the California yearling sale held Oct. 2 at Fairplex Park.
Gross and average registered double-digit increases while the median dipped slightly at the close of business on the second session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale Oct. 2 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md.
The best was kept to last at the Oct. 2 second session of the Goffs Million sale in County Kildare, Ireland, when--close to the end of play--a daughter of Sadler's Wells became the dearest yearling filly ever to sell at auction in Ireland when she brought 2.4 million euros ($3.39 million).
The $150,000 Sycamore Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland has drawn 10 older horses seeking redemption after recent performances.
Three-year-old filly Marietta, who has two straight Oaks wins to her credit, will have to be at her best to make it three in a row in Friday's Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. III) at Hoosier Park.
The legal battle focused on Lawyer Ron has been jointly dismissed by the involved parties, and a decision on the racing future of the multiple grade I winner is expected shortly.
West Point Thoroughbreds announced Oct. 2 that three of the stable's grade 1-winning fillies--Dream Rush, Irish Smoke, and Lear's Princess--have been entered in the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale.
Another season at Keeneland gets underway Oct. 5 with a strong field of 2-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles over the Polytrack in the $500,000 Darley Alcibiades (gr. I).
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission has unanimously approved the Thoroughbred racing calendar for 2008, awarding 117 days for the state's horsemen at two racetracks.
The Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana will offer 431 horses at its annual yearling sale, followed by a mixed session. The sale is set for Oct. 15-16 at the Ike Hamilton Equine Exposition Center in West Monroe, La.
- By Ron Mitchell
The list of leading third-crop sires from the recently concluded Keeneland September sale is a near-mirror image of the second-crop sire list for North American racing this year.
Smart Strike's big day as a stallion--three grade I stakes winners at the same racetrack--has Lane's End Farm really looking forward to the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Cape Canaveral, who has sired 10 stakes winners from his first three crops, has been purchased for stallion duty at Highfield Stock Farm near Okotoks, Alberta, Canada.
By Evan I. Hammonds - The Triple Crown races of the spring are in the books, and the summer races at Saratoga and Monmouth have been run. The true test of sophomore runners comes in the fall, when they take on older horses for the first time.
By Paul Moran - The decline of racing's presence in the nation's newspapers follows in lockstep the absence of editors from the decision-making structure who were interested in the sport at a time when racing was considered a part of the culture -- something that no longer exists outside Kentucky.
The Charles Town Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has hired racing industry veteran Lenny Hale as its new executive director, the organization announced Oct. 1.
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