Thoroughbred Sales

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World Record Filly Boosts Barretts Sale

Pumped up by a world record price for a juvenile filly sold at public auction, the Barretts March sale of select 2-year-olds in training showed renewed signs of vigor Tuesday after suffering declines in gross revenue for five consecutive years.

McMahon Has 'Moderate Expectations' For Barretts March Sale

It used to be the industry's highest grossing juvenile auction. But the Barretts March select sale in Southern California has fallen on hard times in recent years. It has experienced growing difficulty attracting horses from major pinhookers on the East Coast. And it is no longer the favorite of the Japanese, who turn out in higher numbers for Fasig-Tipton Florida's Calder auction.

Bates Motel Colt Turns In Fastest Work At Barretts

With his rider letting out a big yell just before the wire, a Bates Motel colt recorded the fastest work at an eighth of a mile Sunday during the final under tack show for the Barretts March select sale of 2-year-olds in training. He covered distance in 10 seconds flat at Southern California's Fairplex Park, eclipsing the fastest clocking of :10.1 during the first under tack show on Feb. 25.

Doninga To Expand Into Yearling Market

David and Ginger Mullins, best known for selling broodmares under their Doninga banner, are expanding their business into the yearling market this year. They have nominated two horses to the Keeneland July select yearling sale, and they also plan to participate as consignors in other yearling auctions throughout the season.

TVG To Show Barretts Works

TVG will air the preview works from the Barretts Selected 2-year-olds sale from Fairplex Park in Pomona, Calif. The show will air Feb. 28 for one hour beginning at 11:00 a.m. The sale will be held March 5.

Lane's End Returning To Keeneland July Sale

William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm is returning to Keeneland's July yearling sale in 2002. A former leading consignor in July, Lane's End switched the focus of its marketing program for young horses to Keeneland's September yearling sale in 2000 and continued that strategy in 2001.

In Excess Filly Tops Barretts Workouts

A half-sister to multiple California champion Cover Gal posted the fastest one furlong time of 10.1 seconds during Monday's training preview in preparation for the March 5 sale of selected 2-year-olds in training conducted by Barretts Equine Ltd.

Fasig-Tipton Gross, Average Increase; Buy-Back Rate Soars To 45.3%

The Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training turned in one of its most successful performances ever on Tuesday at Calder Race Course. Gross revenue increased. The average price reached its second-highest level ever. And the median established an auction record. But the sale also was a treacherous experience for consignors as the buy-back rate soared to 45.3%.

Good Vibrations Surround Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale

With apologies to the Beach Boys, there have been some good vibrations going on at Calder Race Course in the days leading up to Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training. The auction could benefit from the participation of Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai and Ryanair founder Tony Ryan of Ireland. Both men have been very active in other areas of the Thoroughbred market, but have not been prominent before as buyers at juvenile sales.

Barretts Preview to Air on TVG

Barretts Equine Limited and the TVG Network have announced that a replay of Barretts' Feb. 25 video preview will be broadcast on TVG on Thursday, Feb. 28 from 8 -9 a.m. (PST; 11-12 EST).

Tattersalls to Grade, Limit October Yearling Sale

Tattersalls' October yearling sale, which will take place this year Oct. 15-19, will be presented under a new format. The Newmarket, England-based auctioneers will alter the format of the sale by offering the stronger lots on the opening two days and continuing to grade the sale until its conclusion.

Hong Kong Jockey Club, Sale Company at Odds

The Hong Kong Jockey Club, a major and regular buyer at the Sydney Easter Yearling Sale in Australia, continues to insist it will boycott the annual auction over the issue of X-raying prospective purchases.

Gone West Filly Tops Fasig-Tipton Work Tab

A Gone West filly produced from the grade I-placed Slewpy mare Verbasle worked a quarter-mile in 21 1/5 Sunday as the fastest time for the distance during the Under Tack Show for the Feb. 26 Fasig-Tipton selected sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Keeneland To Catalogue 249 Juveniles For April Auction

Keeneland will catalog a near-record 249 horses for its 10th annual sale of 2-year-olds in training that is scheduled for April 16 in Lexington. The total is 50 more than the number cataloged a year ago and four less than the record 253 horses cataloged for the 1994 sale.

Unbridled's Song Season Tops Stallion Access Sale

A 2002 no-guarantee nomination to Unbridled's Song was sold for $70,000 to top Monday's sale of seasons and shares conducted by Stallion Access Inc. Second-highest price of $55,000 was paid for a Theatrical season. A Danzig season was bought back at $220,000.

OBS Catalogues 407 Horses For March Juvenile Auction

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's will offer slightly fewer horses at its March sale of 2-year-olds in training this year. The catalogue will have 407 head, down by nearly 3% from last year's total of 419. The auction is scheduled for March 19 and 20 in Ocala, Fla.

Hong Kong Jockey Club Threatens To Boycott Australia's Easter Sale

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The Hong Kong Jockey Club is threatening to boycott the prestigious Sydney Easter sale due to a dispute over the X-raying of horses before and after Australia's premier yearling auction, according to a story in the Racing Post. The HKJC has demanded the right to X-ray yearlings and return any purchases which are found to have major faults.

Encosta De Lago Filly Tops San Miguel Sale's First Session In Australia

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A filly by Encosta de Lago brought the top price of $140,000 (approximately $71,456 in U.S. funds) during the first session of the San Miguel premier yearling sale in Australia Sunday. William Inglis and Son, which conducts the auction, purchased her for a client of trainer Bart Cummings' stable. Produced from the winning Bellotto mare Lottey, the filly is a full-sister to Gold Lottey, who had won the VRC Vanity Stakes (Aus-III) on Saturday.

Machiavellian Filly Tops Tattersalls Sale

Evidence, a 4-year-old daughter of Machiavellian, sold for 52,000 guineas to top the Tattersalls February mixed sale on Thursday in England. Bloodstock agent Jimmy Byrne purchased the filly for an Irish client from The Royal Studs. Evidence, who has failed to win in three career starts, was produced from the winning Belmez mare Beyond Doubt.

Equine Spectrum Sells Gulch Season For $35,000

A no guarantee season to the Mr. Prospector stallion Gulch sold for $35,000 to top Equine Spectrum's online sale of 2002 stallion seasons on Wednesday. The buyer was Headley Bell's Nicoma Bloodstock, which is based in Lexington. Gulch stands for a live foal fee of $50,000 at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.

Keeneland Cataloguing More 2-Year-Olds

Keeneland expects to catalogue about 50 more horses this year for its April auction of 2-year-olds in training. The sale is scheduled for Tuesday, April 16, a dark day during the Keeneland spring race meet.

OBS Calder Auction Ends With Record Average

A sale record was established for average price at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's select juvenile auction at Calder Race Course Tuesday. In addition, the median price increased dramatically from a year ago, rising to the second-highest level in the South Florida sale's history.

Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale Shows Increases

Queen Suite, an 11-year-old Bates Motel mare believed in foal to El Prado, was purchased by Frank A. Bonsal Jr. for $60,000 to top Monday's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic winter mixed sale at Timonium, Md. A half-sister to the dam of stakes winner True Valay, Queen Suite was consigned by Mr. and Mrs. Rick Abbott's Charlton.

Two Juveniles Share Fastest Time in OBSC Preview

Two juveniles from the Cleveland Wheeler consignment each breezed a quarter mile in :21 3/5 as the fastest time for the distance during Sunday's Under Tack Show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2002 Selected Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale.

Gross Increases, But Average Drops At New Zealand Colts Sale

The select colts portion of the New Zealand national yearling sales series ended on Friday at Karaka with gross revenues of $9,548,000 (approximately $4,038,804 in U.S. funds) and an average price of $32,148 ($13,599) for the 297 horses sold during the two sessions. The gross was up by 7.0%, but the average was down by 25.8% from last year, when 206 horses grossed $8,927,000 and averaged $43,300.

Adena Springs to Conduct Sale of Juveniles in March

Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm will offer two-thirds of its current crop of 2-year-olds a public auction on March 21 at Adena Springs South near Ocala, Fla. Approximately 71 juveniles have been catalogued for the sale, which will be conducted with the help of personnel from the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company.

Gold Brose Colt Sells For $145,000 In New Zealand

A strapping chestnut colt by Gold Brose sold for $145,000 (approximately $61,335 in U.S. funds) Wednesday to top the opening session of the select colts portion of the New Zealand national yearling sale series. Trainer Bryce Tankard purchased the colt from Fayette Park Stud.

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