The annual sale of broodmares from Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm was held at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Thursday night, with the top price of $225,000 paid by J. S. McDonald for Twist a Lime, a 9-year-old Copelan mare in foal to Touch Gold.
After a drastic downturn Monday from the comparable session one year ago, the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale rebounded Tuesday as the second day average and median were more closely in line with the comparable day one year ago.
The market didn't collapse during the first session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. But it was clear from the early results the auction would not keep pace with last year's edition, which established a November record for average price and piled up gross revenues of more than $300 million for the second time in its history.
A 2002 nomination to leading sire Storm Cat was purchased by WinStar Farms for $450,000 during Monday's Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. The no-guarantee season was tacked onto the end of the Monday session after W. T. Young's Overbrook Farm donated the season to benefit the American Red Cross.
Fasig-Tipton's November select mixed sale suffered significant declines in gross revenue and average price Sunday night in Central Kentucky. But not all the news was bad. The median increased, indicating a more healthy middle market. And the buy-back rate, while high, rose hardly at all from 2000.
How do horsemen feel about the long-term health of the Thoroughbred market? The mixed sales in Central Kentucky should provide some answers. Broodmares and broodmare prospects, which represent investments in the future, make up the bulk of the offerings along with weanlings, who are more than a year away from generating any money at the racetrack.
The Tattersalls Autumn Horses-in-Training sale concluded Thursday with the second highest sale aggregate ever.
The middle market held steady and the number sold rose, but the Barretts October mixed sale experienced decreases gross revenue and average price from a year ago.
Piazza Di Spagna, winner of the Inside Information Stakes on grass at Monmouth Park in July, sold for $70,000 to top the Fasig-Tipton horses of racing age sale at Belmont Park on Tuesday. Bred in Chile, the 5-year-old daughter of Great Regent was purchased by Eb Novak's New Farm from trainer Rene Araya, who raced the mare in partnership with Todd Liebman and Robert Van Ostrand.
Lady Cara, a 3-year-old winning daughter of Prized, brought the top price of $42,000 at the Barretts October mixed sale in Southern California on Monday. She was purchased by StanleyFulton from Havens Bloodstock Agency, agent for J.Z. Stock Farm.
The Fasig-Tipton Sales Co. is returning to Canada. After a 12-year hiatus, the Lexington-based company has been asked to run the annual yearling sale at Woodbine Racetrack. Canadian Thoroughbred industry leaders hope the change will bring some stability and growth to the breeding and sales markets.
Recent research indicates that endoscopic examination of yearlings can help determine their eventual racing success. However, research also showed certain abnormalities that in the past were considered indicators of poor performance were not predictive of actual athletic performance in the adult horse.
Second-day momentum at Fasig-Tipton's Kentucky October yearling sale helped deliver some statistical gains over last year's significantly larger edition.
Gross sales, average price, and median price all dropped during Monday's opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearling sale. The session's top-selling colt by Unbridled out of Debit My Account sold for $360,000.
The Tattersalls October yearling sale, which ended on Saturday in England, suffered across-the-board declines. At the completion of the five-day sale, 749 yearlings had been sold for a gross of 26,055,700 guineas, an average of 34,787 guineas, and a median of 21,000 guineas. All those figures were down from last year, when 776 horses sold for a gross of 32,256,200 guineas, an average of 41,567 guineas, and a median of 26,000 guineas.
A new record price of 475,000 guineas was set during the morning session of Day 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale when Charlie Gordon-Watson outbid John Ferguson for the bay filly by Danehill out of Mythical Creek.
Day two of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale saw 12 lots make 100,000 guineas or more and the average break 30,000 guineas for only the second time on a Wednesday session.
James E. (Ted) Bassett III, who has helped lead the Keeneland Association for the past 33 years, retired as chairman of the board Wednesday morning at the Keeneland board of directors meeting.
A Pleasant Colony colt, who is a half-brother to Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) winner Forest Camp, sold for $400,000 Tuesday during the final session of the Keeneland October yearling sale.
An A.P. Indy colt, who is a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Don't Read My Lips, brought the top price of $140,000 Monday during the first session of the Keeneland October yearling sale.
A $105,000 Quiet American colt was the top seller as of 2 p.m. (EDT) Monday during the first session of the Keeneland October yearling sale. Consigned by Mill Ridge Sales, agent, he was purchased by Florida pinhooker Becky Thomas, who plans to resell him at an auction of 2-year-olds in training next year.
Two U.S.-bred juveniles brought the top prices at Saturday's Pearls of Dubai sale at the Dubai World Cup Quarantine Center in the United Arab Emirates.
British contractor Robert Killoran has defaulted on 10 summer yearlings purchases worth more than $3.3 million. The Keeneland Association filed a lawsuit against Killoran Tuesday, and the Fasig-Tipton sales company intends to sue.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's fall mixed sale ended on Thursday with big declines from a year ago. The figures for the auction's four sessions combined were 838 horses sold for a gross of $6,210,700, and an average price of $7,411. The number sold and gross were down by 24.3% and 56.3%, respectively, and the average was down by 42.3%. In 2000, the 1,107 horses sold grossed $14,223,600 and averaged $12,849.
Herbs and Spices, a 19-year-old mare by Relaunch, brought a final bid of $39,000 on Wednesday to top the first of two open sessions during the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's fall mixed sale in Central Florida. Gregerson Enterprises bought the 19-year-old mare, who is in foal to champion and dual classic winner Silver Charm.
Demi O'Byrne outbid Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum and Dick Mulhall of Thoroughbred Corporation to acquire a Danehill colt for IRE£2,100,000 (about $2,437,402) to top the Goffs Orby yearling sale that concluded in Ireland on Wednesday.
Tactical Move , a stakes-winning daughter of Tactical Advantage, brought the top price of $63,000 Tuesday during the second of two preferred sessions at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's fall mixed auction in Central Florida. The 5-year-old mare, who is in foal to Commitisize, was purchased by Kentucky-based Dapple Bloodstock, agent, from Wycombe House Stud, agent.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's fall mixed auction got off to a sluggish start on Monday during the first of two consignor preferred sessions. Gross revenues, average price, and median price all declined significantly from a year ago. And more than 30% of the horses offered were bought back by their consignors or failed to get a bid.
The three-day Tattersalls Houghton Yearling Sale ended Thursday, with the British auction sale company reporting the second-highest average price in the history of the sale. Tattersalls reported 1130 yearlings sold for a total of 28,563,000 guineas, with an average price of 219,715 and a median of 160,000 guineas.
The second Keeneland online auction for September yearlings that didn't bring their reserves during the live sessions sold five horses for a total of $27,800. Keeneland said the sale is a work in progress.
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.
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.
An End Sweep --She's My Choice filly was bought by Jan, Mace, and Samantha Siegel for $180,000 as the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale continued Wednesday.
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).
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.
Mexican Thoroughbred buyers spent nearly $1 million at the Keeneland September yearling sale that ended Sept. 22, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture reported Monday.
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.
Keeneland's September yearling sale ended on Sunday with an average price that was almost even with last year's record figure. But the number sold and the gross revenue declined significantly from the all-time highs established in 2000.
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 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.
A bay colt by Mr. Greeley brought a top price of $90,000 at Thursday's session of Keeneland's September Yearling Sale.
With Sheikh Mohammed leading the way, Keeneland Thursday announced a sizeable amount in its fund for the victims of last week's terrorist attacks.
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.
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.
A colt from the first crop of Elusive Quality topped Sunday's session of the Keeneland yearling sale, selling for $300,000 to Bob Baffert, acting as an agent.
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.
Keeneland will begin posting on its Website Saturday afternoon some of the yearlings available through its Internet RNA auction. Online bidding begins at 9 a.m. Sept. 26 and the closes horse-by-horse at five minute intervals by hip number starting at 2 p.m. on Sept. 27.
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.
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.
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