PLUM PRETTY (Medaglia d'Oro), winner of last year's Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and
the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap in April, brought a final bid $4.2 million
at Tuesday's opening session of the 2012 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale
in Lexington, Kentucky. The winning bidder was Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm,
which bought reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace (Saint Liam) for $10
million Monday night at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale.
Hollywood Park will begin its 32nd Autumn Meet Thursday, with post time at
12:30 p.m. (PST). Scheduled for 24 days through December 16, the meet is
highlighted by four Grade 1 events and the annual Autumn Turf Festival (November
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation has announced an agreement with the State of Illinois to open its ninth correctional facility-based farm., the Second Chances Ranch at the Vandalia Correctional Facility in Vandalia.
All samples collected from horses that ran in the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park Nov. 2-3 have been cleared by the Kenneth L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory at UC Davis.
The nomination deadline for the Claiming Crown at Gulfstream Park is Nov. 9. This year's event, which will feature seven races worth a total of $850,000, is scheduled for Dec. 1, opening day of the Gulfstream 2012-13 meet.
Dual grade I winner Zazu fetched $2.1 million from Katsumi Yoshida's Japan-based Northern Farm at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 6. She was consigned by William S. Farish's Lane's End, agent.
Cry and Catch Me fetched $3.5 million from Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Stud at the Nov. 5 Fasig-Tipton November sale. The Street Cry mare was consigned by John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, agent.
Viewership numbers for the Breeders' Cup Classic nearly doubled from 2011 as NBC got a 2.0 rating for its primetime coverage of the 2012 event, up from a 1.0 rating the Classic received on ESPN a year ago.
Grade I winner Harmonious brought $2.8 million at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 6. Acquired by Mandore International Agency, the daughter of Dynaformer was consigned by Lane's End, agent.