Thoroughbred Sales

Previews, results and analysis for Thoroughbred public sales

Devil's Bag Colt Tops Washington Mixed Sale

A yearling colt by Devil's Bag sold to Bill Feeley of Roscoe, Mont., for $37,000 to top the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association's winter mixed sale on Sunday. Produced from the 10-year-old Greinton mare No Extra Charge, the chestnut colt is a half-brother to Melcapwalker (by Skywalker), winner of this year's Emerald Express Stakes at Emerald Downs. The consignor was Bella Bloodstock, who was acting on the behalf of Northwest Farms.

From the Print Edition: First Crop Weanling Report

Most commercial breeders peering into a crystal ball in 1999 saw nothing but blue skies. However, as are the rules, planning out two or three years ahead can prove to be a tricky game. Breeders selling weanlings from first-crop sires in 2001 have experienced more than a little turbulence from the time they planned their 2000 matings to when they brought their crop to market at last month's major breeding stock sales.

Committee Approves Net Gain of Eight Graded Races For 2002

After a two-day meeting in Lexington, Ky., the American Graded Stakes Committee on Thursday released the list of stakes races that will have graded status in 2002. As a result of the committee's review, which uses a five-year formula to assess races and assign graded status, there is a net gain of eight graded races in 2002, bringing to 486 the number of races assigned graded status from the 751 eligible races.

Killoran Defaults on Six Yearling Purchases in France

An Irish bloodstock agent and his British client continue racking up defaults at major sale companies around the globe. British businessman Bobby Killoran has defaulted on six yearlings bought for $1.12 million through Agence Francaise in August. Killoran has failed to pay for more than $4.6 million worth of horses bought at Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton, and Tattersalls since July. All the horses were bought by agent and former jockey Paul Collins.

Consignors Group Maps Strategy for 2002

Members of the National Association of Two-Year-Old Consignors met Monday night in Ocala, Fla., to discuss 2002 objectives, review the accomplishments made by the organization in 2001, and to elect new board members.

Keeneland January Auction Will Be Smaller

Keeneland's 2002 January horses of all ages sale will be 30% smaller than it was in 2001. The catalogue has 1,392 lots compared to this year's record total of 1,992. The auction's 2002 edition will run for four days, Jan. 7-10. In 2001, the sale was six days long.

November Sale Coverage From the Magazine: Predictable Downturn

The Keeneland November breeding stock sale used to be one of the Thoroughbred marketplace's strongest performers. Two years ago, the auction established a world record for gross revenue and sold more horses than ever before. Last year, it offered the largest catalogue in its history, set a new November standard for average price, and erased all existing Keeneland marks for single session gross and the number of horses sold for seven-figure prices. But those days of glory are over now.

Keeneland Online RNA Sale Begins Nov. 18

Keeneland's online version of its November breeding stock sale will begin Nov. 18 at 9 a.m.. Some horses have already been entered in the sale with more entries expected today and Friday. Bidding starts closing hip-by-hip on

Fundraiser Nets $272,650 for Relief Effort

In a continuing effort to raise funds for the relief effort tied to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association held an auction to benefit its New York Heroes Fund following the annual Stallion Access fall sale Nov. 9 at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's Newtown Paddocks.

Adena Springs November Sale: SaleTrends Down

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.

Keeneland's First Session: Down, But Not Out

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.

Storm Cat Season Brings $450,000; Will Benefit Red Cross

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.

Stakes Winner Piazza Di Spagna Tops Fasig-Tipton Sale

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.

Fasig-Tipton to Run Canadian Yearling Sale, Again

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.

Endoscopic Exams Indicate Racing Potential

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.

Tattersalls October Sale Declines From Last Year

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.

Record October Price Established at Tattersalls

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.

Quiet American Colt Sells For $105,000 At Keeneland

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.

OBS Sale Ends With Major Declines From A Year Ago

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.

Danehill Colts Dominate Goffs Orby Sale

Demi O'Byrne outbid Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum and Dick Mulhall of Thoroughbred Corporation to acquire a Danehill colt for IREĀ£2,100,000 (about $2,437,402) to top the Goffs Orby yearling sale that concluded in Ireland on Wednesday.

Tactical Move Sells For $63,000 To Top OBS Tuesday Session

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.

Business Declines At OBS Fall Mixed Sale

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.

Record Median Recorded at Houghton Sale

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.

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