Topped by a $1 million Curlin colt, the Keeneland September yearling sale continued on a strong note Sept. 16 as the marathon auction didn’t miss a beat moving into Book 2 after a strong three-day Book 1.
A chestnut Curlin colt was bought by Mike Ryan, agent for E5 Racing, for $1 million during the fourth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
The final Tapit yearling to be offered at the Keeneland September sale, and several individuals with significant upgrades in their female families, are among horses to keep an eye on during the Sept. 17 session that completes Book 2 of the auction.
A colt from the first crop of grade I winner Paynter sold for $520,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 16, becoming the fourth session's highest-priced horse a bit more than a quarter of the way into the session.
WinStar Farm went to $500,000 to acquire a More Than Ready colt as the first yearling to reach the half-million mark early during the Sept. 16 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey, trainer Mike Maker and jockey Florent Geroux all clinched repeat titles in their respective categories for the 2016 Kentucky Downs meeting.
With record purses attracting full fields and low takeout sparking interest from horseplayers, Kentucky Downs closed its five-date boutique meet Sept. 15 with total wagering up nearly 34 percent.
As the Keeneland September yearling sale moves to Book 2 after a one-day hiatus followed the blockbuster three-day Book 1, the catalog consists of horses with a little less pedigree and conformation, but they are nonetheless quality individuals.
Sprint male champion Runhappy continues to move toward his 2016 debut with a six-furlong work in 1:14 1/5 from the gate Sept. 15 at Churchill Downs. Hall of Fame rider Edgar Prado flew in for the move.
Buyers’ appetites for yearlings by leading sires Tapit and War Front fueled a frenzied Sept. 14 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale topped by a Scat Daddy colt sold for $3 million as Book 1 ended with numbers well ahead of last year.
Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm bought two back-to-back Tapit fillies, each for seven figures, during the late stages of Book 1's final session Sept. 14 at the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Trainer Mark Casse has plenty of firepower in Churchill Downs' two 1 1/16-mile stakes for 2-year-olds Sept. 17, the Iroquois and Pocahontas stakes.
Shadwell Estate Company struck again for a well-bred yearling at the Sept. 14 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale, going to $1.9 million to acquire a War Front colt from the Lane’s End consignment.
A Tapit colt who is a half brother to multiple grade I winner Mucho Macho Man lit up the Keeneland bid board when purchased by Bridlewood Farm and M. V. Magnier for $2 million during the Sept. 14 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Ahh Chocolate, winner of two graded stakes, looks to have a class edge in the Locust Grove, but will have to turn the tables on Innovative Idea, who outfinished her in the Groupie Doll Stakes last out.
The first yearlings by Darley's Kentucky Derby winner have been lauded for their intelligence.
First-crop yearlings by Claiborne Farm's son of Malibu Moon are attractive with "great walks," say breeders and consignors.
Yearlings by the champion son of Harlan's Holiday have been largely well-received during Book 1 of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
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.
The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program Sept. 13 announced the recipients of its two non-competition awards for 2016: the TIP Thoroughbred of the Year Award and the TIP Young Rider of the Year Award.
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.
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Kentucky Downs has already smashed its single-season mark for wagering and still has the Sept. 15 card remaining in the all-grass track's five-date meet.
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.
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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.
Churchill Downs Inc. has teamed with the Japan Racing Association to create a series of races in Japan that could annually produce a starter in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Team Valor International has acquired a 50% interest in Poland-based Va Bank, a 4-year-old son of Archipenko, who is unbeaten in 12 career starts after winning the Preis der Sparkassen Finanzgruppe (Ger-III) Aug. 27 at Baden-Baden in Germany.
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.
Trainer Mike Maker and jockey Florent Geroux swept the stakes events Sept. 11 at Kentucky Downs and did so as impressively as seemingly imaginable.
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Zayat Stables was named the TOBA national owner of the year during its 31st annual awards ceremony Sept. 10 at Stonestreet Farm near Lexington.
"All I can say is he's the second-best marathon horse in the United States," said trainer Mike Maker, ceding the top position to five-time group/grade I winner Flintshire. "I think we just go right to the Breeders' Cup. He runs really well fresh."
A weather delay of about 15 minutes didn't bother Watchyourownbobber in the More Than Ready Stakes, as the even-money favorite scored a clear victory in the one-mile test Sept. 10 at Kentucky Downs.
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.
Stonewall Farms announced Sept. 9 the retirement and sale of multiple stakes winner and multiple graded stakes-placed Mei Ling to Hill 'n' Dale Farms.
Spendthrift Farm has partnered with Churchill Downs to create the Spendthrift Stallion Stakes, a new $300,000 race to be run this fall for 2-year-olds that are sired by Spendthrift stallions.
Stonestreet announced Sept. 8 that Florida sire Kantharos will move to Kentucky to stand at Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington.
Everyone is going through Saratoga Race Course withdrawal, but thankfully there is the wonderful spectacle of Kentucky Downs to ease the transition from summer to fall.
Back on their preferred surface after stints on the Triple Crown trail, Airoforce and Oscar Nominated have run well in multiple starts on turf, but have yet to find the winner's circle despite close calls.
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