Thoroughbred Sales

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Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale Has Upbeat Ending, But Is Down Overall

Business surged during the final session of the Fasig-Tipton Eastern fall yearling sale on Wednesday. But the rally wasn't enough to overcome the downward trend that had prevailed during the first two days of the Maryland auction. The overall figures for number sold, gross revenue, average price, and median price all were down from last year's figures.

Barretts Sale Up In Average, Median

A smaller catalogue led to a lower gross, but the major indicators were positive for Barretts at its October yearling sale. Held Oct. 2, the auction showed significant gains in average and median.

Houghton Yearling Sale Off to Good Start

The 2001 Tattersalls Houghton Yearling Sale in Great Britain got off to a good start Tuesday night when two horses sold for more than a million guineas. Average for the first day was 254,937 guineas ($391,000), up a bit from last year, while the median of 170,000 guineas ($242,000) was up 31% on last year's corresponding session. Overall, 32 lots were sold for 8,158,000 guineas ($12.5 million).

Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale Gets Off To Shaky Start

The Krispy Kreme doughnuts are still hot and tasty. And the crab cakes at Michael's are still some of the best around. But business has changed at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale. The three-day auction in Timonium, Md., got off to shaky start on Monday, with the gross, average, and median all suffering big hits.

Australian 'Breeze-Up' Sale Sets Records

Records for gross revenues and average price were established during the the Australian "breeze-up" sale of 2-year-olds conducted by William Inglis & Son on Friday. In addition, 19 horses sold for prices of $100,000 (Australian) or more.

Marlin Colt Tops Keeneland's Saturday Session

A colt by multiple grade I winner Marlin brought $37,000 Saturday to top the next-to-last session of the Keeneland September yearling dale. The colt, out of You Tell Me, was purchased by Richard Matlow as agent and was consigned by Brereton C. Jones' Airdrie Stud, also acting as agent.

Keeneland November Sale Features 4,116 Lots

Keeneland announced Friday it will catalog 4,116 lots -- 4,115 horses and one stallion share -- for the upcoming November Breeding Stock Sale. Last year Keeneland cataloged 5,111 lots. The decrease for this year is due to the mare reproductive loss syndrome that struck Kentucky farms last winter/spring.

Keeneland Average, Median Outpace 2000 Sale

Despite last week's terrorist attacks and concerns about the U.S. economy that caused a huge drop in the stock market Monday, the average and median prices for this year's Keeneland September Yearling Sale continues to outpace the banner auction in 2000.

Keeneland's New October Sale Begins

With more horses cataloged than originally planned for, Keeneland enters new territory with its inaugural October yearling sale today. In all, 644 lots are scheduled to be offered during the auction, which concludes Tuesday.

Maria's Mon Colt Tops Keeneland Session; Average Slips

A Maria's Mon colt produced from Madeira M'dear (by Black Tie Affair) brought a top bid of $575,000 to top Friday's fourth session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The colt, sired by the same sire of this year's Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos, was consigned by Michael T. Barnett's Blackburn Farm, as agent.

Woodman Colt Brings $1.5 Million; Average Up 21.3%

The North American yearling market continued to show strength Thursday as three colts brought final bids in excess of seven figures during the third session of Keeneland's September Yearling Sale. The day's average price rose 21.3% over the comparable session one year ago.

True Texas Flavor: Fasig-Tipton Sale

Opportunities were there at the Fasig-Tipton Texas yearling sale at Lone Star Park. Overall gross revenues, as well as the sale average and median prices increased during the two-day sale.

Keeneland Selected Sessions End on Positive Note

Wednesday began with a lot of questions for the Keeneland Association, mostly surrounding what effect the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. on Tuesday would have on resumption of the September Yearling Sale. By the end of the day, the sales company in Lexington, Ky. had gotten affirmation that the right decision had been made. There was competitive bidding between buyers from North America, Europe, and Middle Eastern countries during the session, which was highlighted by a Storm Cat colt sold for $6.4 million.

First Day Firepower: Keeneland Sale Begins on Strong Note

Powered by big-spending Maktoum family from Dubai, the Keeneland September yearling sale blasted off like a rocket on Sept. 10. The first of the auction's two select sessions established opening day records for average price and median. In addition, the second-most-expensive horse in the auction's history, a $5.5- million Storm Cat colt, was sold.

Gross And Average Fall At Canadian Yearling Sale

Gross revenue and average price declined significantly at the Canadian Breeders Sales' select yearling auction at Woodbine on Tuesday. Colts by Sultry Song and Tale of the Cat brought $150,000 apiece to top the auction. (All figures involving money in this story are reported in Canadian dollars.)

Gross And Median Down Significantly At OBS; Average Changes Little

The average price didn't change much from a year ago, but the gross revenue and the median price were down significantly during the open portion of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale, which ended Friday in Central Florida after a four-day run. For all the open sessions combined, 686 horses were sold for a gross of $6,447,400, an average of $9,399, and a median of $5,000. The gross, average, and median were down by 13.2%, 2.5%, and 16.7% from a year ago when 771 yearlings were sold. The buy-back rate was 29.2%, up slightly from last year's rate of 28.1%.

End Sweep Colt Brings $95,000 At OBS

A colt by End Sweep sold for $95,000 on Thursday to top the third open session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale. Marion G. Montanari bought the bay colt out of the 8-year-old winning Smile mare Susie Smile, who is a half-sister to stakes winner Lady Summerhill (by Bold Ruckus). The colt was consigned by Cloverleaf Farms II, as agent.

Diligence Filly Tops First Open Session Of OBS Yearling Sale

A Diligence filly sold for $85,000 Tuesday to top the first open session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale. New Jersey bloodstock agent Buzz Chace purchased the Florida-bred filly for William Lickle, a prominent owner of steeplechase horses. Lickle, according to Chace, is becoming increasingly interested in flat racing.

Valid Expectations Colt Tops OBS Select Session

A colt by North America's leading first crop sire, Valid Expectations, brought the top price of $305,000 Monday during the select session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale. Consigned by Kelli Mitchell for his breeders, Leland and Robert Ackerley, the colt was purchased by Satish and Anne Sanan's Padua Stables. The Sanans' daughter, Nadia, signed the ticket.

Del Mar Sale Sets Record Average

The annual Del Mar yearling sale set a record average price of $43,663 this week. The two-day sale at the Del Mar HorsePark sold 104 horses for a total $4,541,000. Monday's session was responsible for elevating the average price. Seven horses sold for $100,000 or more compared to five during last year's entire sale. Tuesday session was weaker overall, but still an improvement over last year's second session.

Del Mar Yearling Sale on Record Pace

Seven horses sold for more than $100,000 during Monday's opening session of the two-day Del Mar yearling sale. Last year, five horses sold in this price range for the entire sale. The average price for the first session was $52,918, far above the sale's record average price of $36,798 set in 1999.

Lightning Strikes as Fasig-Tipton Sale Hits Record Heights

As the first horse entered the ring for the final session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale Thursday evening, the power went out. Auxiliary generators quickly restored the blacked-out conditions to the sales pavilion, but it was four big-priced horses in the ring as the evening progressed that knocked the lights out of all previous sale records for gross and average.

Bert Linder: Leading Man at Saratoga Sales

If you look hard enough you can probably see a set of footprints embedded in the ground outside Barn 5 North at Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga sale complex. Those footprints belong to Bertram Linder, who for 43 consecutive years pounded his beat in front of that barn, selling not only yearlings, but a part of his very being.

Expectations High For Saratoga Yearling Sale

The nation's economy may be on the skids, but the mood in the Thoroughbred marketplace is upbeat. After stronger than expected results at Kentucky's July auctions, the action moves to Saratoga, where Fasig-Tipton will conduct the 81st edition of its select yearling sale beginning Tuesday night.

Stone Farm To Offer Its First Saratoga Consignment

Arthur B. Hancock III's Stone Farm will offer its first consignment ever at Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga select yearling sale, which is scheduled to begin on Aug. 7 . It will be only the second time that a farm owned by the Hancock family has consigned horses to the auction since the early 1940s.

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