The demand for well-bred weanlings materialized late during the second session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale when Coolmore Stud’s M. V. Magnier went to $1.45 million to buy a son of War Front.
Relive the excitement of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Longines Distaff which saw Beholder outduel Songbird in a race for the ages. Courtesy America's Best Racing
Set to make his first start since a fourth-place run in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course this summer, Gift Box will headline a competitive field of 11 in the $150,000 Discovery (gr. III).
Millionaire Unrivaled Belle in foal to leading sire Tapit lit up the Keeneland bid board when the daughter of Unbridled’s Song was purchased for $3.8 million.
When his daughter Finest City pulled off the upset in the Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), she became the fourth Breeders' Cup winner sired by City Zip in the last three years.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Nov. 9 announced that 51 of the 54 federal candidates it supported during the 2015/2016 election cycle won their races Nov. 8.
A Tapit colt that is a half brother to champion and Lane's End stallion Honor Code sold to Chris Baccari for $1.05 million during the Nov. 9 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, the highest-priced weanling so far during the auction.
In theory, having Del Mar's 2015 Bing Crosby meeting open on the Thursday before the Breeders' Cup at Keeneland and mingling races with the event Friday and Saturday was supposed to be a business enhancer.
New Jersey voters overwhelmingly rejected a ballot measure to expand casino gambling into the northern part of the state that risked eroding revenues at nearby New York racetrack-based casinos, including at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Grade I winner Paola Queen was sold to SF Bloodstock for $1.7 million, the highest priced offering early during the Nov. 9 second session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Grade I-winning millionaire Haynesfield has been acquired by Climax Stallions, a new venture of Bob and Sean Feld, and will be relocated to Rancho San Miguel for the 2017 breeding season.
True Sweetheart wired a field of 11 2-year-old fillies at first asking Nov. 8 at Parx Racing, becoming the first winner for her sire, Uptowncharlybrown, with an emphatic 10-length victory.
Win or lose, Mike Smith is at the top of his game
Whether or not you consider California Chrome, Songbird, Tepin, Lady Eli, and Found great horses, there is no arguing that greatness lives in all of them, whether they were defeated in the Breeders’ Cup or not.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak recaps day 1 of the Keeneland November sale including comments from Keeneland Sales Director Geoffrey Russell and Three Chimneys CCO Case Clay. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency.
Minding, a five-time group one winner in 2016, was named the Cartier Horse of the Year Nov. 8 at the 26th annual Cartier Racing Awards.
With buyers showing an insatiable appetite for quality fillies and mares and 2016 foals, the Keeneland November breeding stock sale opened Nov. 8 with key figures that soared well beyond the gross, average and median prices for the same 2015 session.
California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year, will stand his first season at Taylor Made Farm in 2017 for an advertised fee of $40,000, Taylor Made president Duncan Taylor confirmed Nov. 8 during the opening session of the Keeneland November sale.
Multiple grade I winner Fort Larned will relocate from Florida back to Adena Springs Kentucky near Paris, Ky., along with King's Bishop (gr. I) winner Capo Bastone and City Wolf, the graded stakes-winning half brother to Ghostzapper and City Zip.
Wilburn, a grade II-winning son of Bernardini, has been relocated to Lori and Francisco Bravo's River Oaks Farms near Sulphur, Oklahoma.
George "Bucky" Sallee, bugler at Keeneland for more than 50 years until his retirement in the fall of 2013 to become Bugler Emeritus, died Nov. 7 at age 87.
A dark bay colt by WinStar Farm stallion Pioneerof the Nile sold to RC Thoroughbreds for $600,000 to become the highest priced weanling more than half way through the Nov. 8 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Demand for grade I-winning fillies or mares continued midway through the first session of Keeneland’s November breeding stock sale when Moyglare Stud went to $2.55 million for 4-year-old filly Celestine.
Among the horses that should draw interest during the Nov. 9 second session of this year’s Keeneland November breeding stock sale is Hip 252, a War Front colt produced from Midnight Lucky.
Jane Lyon's Summer Wind Farm, among the most active buyers at the Fasig-Tipton November sale, showed it is going to a major player at the Keeneland breeding stock sale when it went to $2.2 million to acquire the 6-year-old Tapit mare Tapicat.
Secret Gesture, a group II-winning daughter of world-class sire Galileo in foal to War Front, was bought by John Ferguson for $3.5 million to top the early portion of the Nov. 8 first session of Keeneland’s November breeding stock sale in Lexington.
My Conquestadory, a grade I-winning mare carrying a filly sired by leading sire Tapit, was purchased by SF Bloodstock and Newgate Farm for $1.5 million to light up the bid board early during the first session of the Keeeneland November sale.
2016 has been an award-worthy year for owner-breeder Jerome “Jerry” Amerman and her husband, John.
Eric Mitchell recaps the Fasig-Tipton November sale including comments from top buyers George Isaacs, Jacob West, and John McCormack.
The stars aligned at the Fasig-Tipton November sale in Lexington Nov. 7 as an international buying bench lured by a catalog deep in quality produced numbers that exceeded all expectations.
Lady Zuzu, a graded-placed half sister to graded stakes winner Optimizer sold for $2.35 million to the French owner/breeders Wertheimer et Frere. Her second dam is the grade I winner and grade I producer Fantastic Find, a daughter of Mr. Prospector.
China Horse Club's Michael Wallace signed a ticket for $2.4 million to acquire Embellish the Lace, a grade I-winning daughter of Super Saver. The 4-year-old filly is believed to be in foal to top second-crop sire Uncle Mo.
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' three-time grade I winner Curalina, a daughter of Curlin, sold for $3 million to Japan's Shadai Farm. She is one of three mares or racing/broodmare prospects to sell for $3 million or more.
Cassatt, a grade III-winning daughter of Tapit, was bought by Craig Bernick with Elevage Bloodstock. The mare is believed in foal to Curlin and is out of the family of champion Dreaming of Anna and graded stakes winners Lewis Michael.
Baffled, a daughter of Distorted Humor, sold for $3.5 million to John Malone's Bridlewood Farm at the Fasig-Tipton November sale. She is in foal to leading North American sire Tapit.
The grade II winner and grade I-placed daughter of Candy Ride is sold to Peter Brant's White Birch Farm. The racing/broodmare prospect was offered by Brookdale Sales, as agent.
Multiple grade I winner Stopchargingmaria is the first mare to break the $2 million mark at the Fasig-Tipton November sale. The broodmare prospect by Tale of the Cat sold for $2.8 million to Three Chimneys Farm.
Love the Chase, dam of 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome, brought $1.95 million at the Fasig-Tipton November sale. Bloodstock agent John McCormack signed the ticket for the daughter of Not For Love offered by Taylor Made Sales.
While Breeders' Cup scheduling accounts for most of the wagering declines in October 2016 compared with last year, handle still declined even when last year's Breeders' Cup is not considered.
Shadwell Stable's Tamarkuz, a convincing winner of the Nov. 4 Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) has been retired and will stand 2017 at Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Farm near Lexington. The son of Speightstown's fee will be $12,500.
Godolphin's 4-year-old homebred son of Tapit won the Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap by a record 14 1/4 lengths this year. He will stand for $50,000 stands and nurses.
When Keeneland launches its November breeding stock sale Nov. 8, the Lexington sales company will be riding a wave of momentum that includes Breeders' Cup World Championships victories by eight of its graduates, including three sold in November.
American Pharoah's fee is private, while Uncle Mo's has doubled to $150,000. European champion Air Force Blue will stand for $25,000 in his first year, while reverse shuttler Vancouver will stand for $15,000.
My Conquestadory, a grade I-winning mare carrying a filly sired by leading sire Tapit, as well as her 2016 colt also sired by Tapit, top the list of horses to watch for on Day 1 of the Keeneland November sale.
Leading the roster are Creative Cause, Cairo Prince, and Majesticperfection at $15,000.
All one say is, what manner of horse is Arrogate? Two races hardly defines a career, but after an artist paints two masterpieces, one can hardly wait to see what emerges from his next blank canvas.
Zindaya capped what was quite a weekend for e Five Racing Thoroughbreds, Chad Brown, and Javier Castellano in the $200,000 Goldikova Stakes (gr. IIT) Nov. 6 at Santa Anita Park.
Trained by Roger Attfield, the defending Autumn winner glided to the lead as the field straightened for home in the 1 1/16-mile main track event, and then was geared down in the final strides.
As the barn areas at Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland were abuzz over the excitement on display Santa Anita during the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships, results of some races also impcated the upcoming November sales.
With Arrogate’s scintillating victory over Horse of the Year California Chrome in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic fresh in the minds of buyers, the dams of both horses are among the top horses to watch during Fasig-Tipton’s November sale.
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