Yukari Sekiguchi, the daughter-in-law of Fusao Sekiguchi, said her father-in-law did not buy the $8-million Storm Cat colt Tuesday that became the most expensive horse ever sold at the Keeneland September yearling sale.
In a scenario reminiscent of the horse industry's heyday of the early 1980s, Japanese trainer Hideyuki Mori won a bidding duel with Irish agent Demi O'Byrne Tuesday to acquire a Storm Cat colt for $8 million at Keeneland's September yearling sale.
On the hurricane rating scale of 1 to 5, the opening session of the Keeneland September yearling auction was a Category 3. It packed a strong financial punch on Sept. 13 in Central Kentucky, driving the market past 2003's hot numbers. But the key business figures didn't grow quite as fast as they did a year ago.
Boosted by the aggressive buying of Sheikh Mohammed, with additional support from a broad base of domestic and foreign buyers, the marathon Keeneland September yearling sale got off to a solid start Monday.
The New York Breeders' Sales Company, the newly created Thoroughbred sales company located in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. has signed an agreement with Live Global Communications to provide web-casting and internet bidding on its inaugural auction, scheduled for Sept. 28-29.
Here's some of the horses getting favorable reviews at the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Lakland, Three Chimneys, Four Star Sales Among Keeneland September consignors with yearlings to watch.
Sheikh Mohammed, Sheikh Hamdan among buyers looking at yearlings on eve of September yearling sale.
We love men in pink, burgers and brats at Rick's, Juddmonte Farms hats, show-off-the new-stallion parties, Taylor Made's zones, and the cute little kid in the very big cowboy hat.
The strength and stamina of the yearling market gets its stiffest test of the year starting Monday, when Keeneland's marathon September auction opens for business at 10 a.m. (EDT).
Unbridled Elaine, winner of the 2001 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), is scheduled to be offered for sale during Keeneland's November breeding stock auction.
TV Games Network will offer exclusive live coverage of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 13-15, with reports from the Keeneland sale pavilion beginning each day at 1 p.m. (EDT) and continuing until 7 p.m.
The Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association (WTBA) was trying to find new homes for 22 horses Wednesday that had been listed as sold during the organization's summer yearling sale the previous day.
A Skywalker colt sold for Can$265,000 (approximately $204,114 in U.S. funds) Tuesday to top the Canadian-bred select yearling auction at Woodbine.
Starlet of Seattle, a daughter of Slewdledo, brought the top price of $92,000 Tuesday during the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association (WTBA) summer yearling sale at Emerald Downs.
New Zealand Bloodstock has announced its plans to conduct four extra auction sales a year in response to owners and breeders expressing interest in having more opportunities to buy and sell mixed bloodstock.
Germany's premier yearling sale, which took place on Saturday at Baden-Baden, saw sharp increases in gross revenue, average price, and median price, helped by presence of John Ferguson, Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock adviser.
Fasig-Tipton's Texas summer yearling sale closed out its two-day run Tuesday at Lone Star Park with across-the-board increases from a year ago.
A Louisiana-bred Tejano Run ridgling sold for $130,000 Monday to top the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Texas yearling auction at Lone Star Park.
This year's Fasig-Tipton Texas summer yearling auction will be bigger than last year, and sale company officials also are hoping it will be better.
A $90,000 daughter of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Monarchos topped the third and final session of the Ocala Breeders Sales Company's August yearling sale. The filly was purchased by M.S.T.S. out of the Summerfield consignment of Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck.
Tattersalls has catalogued 2,093 for parts 1 and 2 of its October yearling sale combined.
Colts by Snuck In and Delaware Township each brought final bids of $70,000 to top the second Open session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2004 August Yearling Sale on Wednesday.
L'Agence Francaise reported increases in gross revenue and average price Wednesday following the final session of its four-day August yearling sale in France.
An Acatenango colt brought 170,000 euros (approximately $206,363 in U.S. funds) Tuesday to top the third session of L'Agence Francaise's Deauville August yearling sale in France.
The first of three open sessions of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale got off to a strong start when bloodstock agent John Moynihan went to $220,000 to acquire a son of Pikepass.
A Grand Lodge colt sold for 700,000 euros ($849,730) to top the first two sessions of L'Agence Francaise's Deauville August yearling sale Sunday and Monday in France.
The opening session of the 2004 Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale was as hot as the weather in Central Florida when the sales company established new records for gross revenue, average, and median price. The average of $52,271 was the highest ever for the sale, breaking the record of $44,945 that was established in 1999.
South African champion Ipi Tombe will be offered by Craig and Holly Bandoroff's Denali Stud, as agent, at this year's Tattersalls December sales in England.
Tyger Norway, a yearling colt from the first crop of the Storm Cat stallion Norway, took the New Mexico market to new heights when he brought $127,000 on Aug. 21 to top the Ruidoso mixed sale.
The outlook looks sunny for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale, which begins with a select session on Monday, Aug. 23, at the OBS sale grounds. The sale continues through Aug. 26. with all sessions beginning at 11 a.m.
The Melbourne arm of the Inglis Sales Co. conducted a low-key horses-in-training sale Aug. 20 and had the hinges blown off the doors when one horse in the catalogue was targeted by some big buyers, creating a record for an August Thoroughbred sale.
Barretts has catalogued 350 horses for its October preferred yearling sale.
The average price at Del Mar's yearling sale, $48,589, jumped a dramatic 40.8% over last year's figure and set a sale record Monday evening.
The Fasig-Tipton sale of New York-bred yearlings concluded on a positive note Monday, with the sale at the Humphrey S. Finney pavilion in Saratoga Springs producing positive gains in every significant statistical category.
A filly by Straight Man was purchased by trainer Linda Rice, as agent, for $180,000 to top Sunday's first session of the Fasig-Tipton sale of New York-bred yearlings at the Humphrey S. Finney pavilion in Saratoga Springs.
Yearlings sired by Storm Cat were in demand Thursday night during the third and final session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale in Saratoga Springs, New York. After gross and average price declines during the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions, numbers rose during the final session when compared with the same night one year ago.
Hoping to rebound from disappointing numbers a year ago, the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association will unveil its 2004 yearling sale at Del Mar Racetrack Monday, August 16 at 7 p.m.
It was a big day for Chuck Kidder at Saratoga. Wednesday afternoon, Solid Platinum, a homebred filly Kidder races in partnership with John Griggs, captured a maiden race by three lengths. Wednesday night, a Giant's Causeway -- Alaska Queen colt, bred by Kidder in partnership, topped the second session of the Fasig-Tipton select yearling auction, bringing a final bid of $1.85 million from Barry Irwin of Team Valor.
A daughter of 2003 leading sire A.P. Indy was purchased by William S. Farish for $1.5 million to top Tuesday's first session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Everything is looking good in Saratoga, where Fasig-Tipton's select yearling sale begins its three night run Tuesday.
History could repeat itself at Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga select yearling sale when hip No. 148 steps into the ring.
A Storm Cat colt produced from the champion mare Sky Beauty (by Blushing Groom) has been withdrawn from the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale.
More of the same. That's what Fasig-Tipton executive Boyd Browning is predicting for the company's Saratoga select yearling sale, which begins its three-night run Tuesday in New York.
In a press release issued Friday, The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association said it "will take a lead role" in the formation of a task force to study practices involving Thoroughbred sales as suggested by the Alliance for Industry Reform (AIR).
Well-known California owners and breeders Bob and Beverly Lewis plan to sell nearly all of their broodmares this November at the Keeneland breeding stock auction.
Is the biggest sale of its kind in the world getting too big?
Keeneland sales officials are trying to discourage sellers from scratching their horses from the Central Kentucky company's auctions.
Tattersalls has announced plans to stage the most valuable sale company-sponsored race in Europe later this year.
I'll Get Along, the dam of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones will be offered at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky select November mixed sale on Nov. 7 in Lexington.
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