Thoroughbred Sales

Previews, results and analysis for Thoroughbred public sales

Maria's Mon Colt Tops First Session Of OBS Mixed Sale

A yearling colt by Maria's Mon, sire of 2001 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Monarchos, brought $160,000 on Monday to top the consignor preferred session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's winter mixed sale in Central Florida. Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey bought the dark bay or brown colt out of the winning Farma Way mare Cowgirl.. He was consigned by Nancy Bauman, agent for Bob Seeger.

Danehill Colt Sets Magic Millions Record

A full brother to Golden Slipper winner Catbird brought $1.1 million (Australian) Sunday at the Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions yearling sale, setting a record for the Gold Coast-based Magic Millions Sales company in Australia.

Number Catalogued For OBS Calder Sale Falls

A total of 205 juveniles has been cataloged for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's February select sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Race Course. The number is down from 2001, when 217 were catalogued. This year's auction is scheduled for Feb. 5. Under tack shows will be held Monday, Jan. 28, and Sunday, Feb. 3, beginning at 10:30 a.m. (EST).

Foaming Brine Tops Keeneland January's Third Session

A 6-year-old broodmare who is pregnant to 1997 Horse of the Year Favorite Trick brought the top price of $170,000 during Wednesday's third session of Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale. Charles H. Deters bought Foaming Brine, a bay mare by Forty Niner out of Grade I stakes winner Broom Dance, from Walnut Green, agent for the Christiana Stable dispersal.

Equine Spectrum Announces Plans, Hires New Executive Director

Equine Spectrum, the online Thoroughbred auction company based in Central Kentucky, has a new executive director, Dan Kelliher, and plans to conduct up to five sales this year. The first will be an auction of stallion seasons that is scheduled for Feb. 6. Another sale will be held in April that will feature horses and stallion interests with connections to Triple Crown contenders. Additional auctions in 2002 will include one with tie-ins to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

Keeneland January Sale Off to Strong Start

Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale got off to a solid start on Monday. The number sold, gross revenue, and average price all experienced big increases from last year's first session. The buy-back rate declined significantly. And the second-highest price in the auction's history was recorded when Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Desert Stormer (in foal to Kris S.) sold for $3.6 million.

Keeneland January Sale Starts Monday

Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale begins on Monday (Jan. 7) with 1,392 lots cataloged for the four-day auction. Sessions start at 10 a.m. (ET) daily.

Most European Sale Companies Switch to Euro

Sale companies in Ireland, France, Germany, and Italy will sell Thoroughbreds in euros in 2002, but Great Britain, which has opted out of the European single-currency scheme for the time being, will still offer stock in guineas (£1.05), and in one case will switch to pounds.

Auction Year in Review: Huge Hit

North America's Thoroughbred marketplace suffered a big setback in 2001. To put it in perspective, the decline was bigger than anything recorded from the mid-1980s through the early 1990s, when the industry suffered a disastrous slump that sent investors fleeing from the horse business.

Barretts Winter Sale Will Be Larger In 2002

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Barretts' winter mixed sale will be slightly larger in 2002 than it was in 2001. The catalogue has 541 lots, an increase from the 532 that were listed earlier this year. The sale will be conducted Jan. 22 and 23 in Pomona, Calif.

Shadwell To Launch Commercial Venture In January

Shadwell Farm, owned by Sheikh Hamdan of Dubai, will launch a new commercial venture at the 2002 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale. Shadwell will have 14 horses in its consignment--13mares and one stallion prospect. The Kentucky farm also plans to offer approximately 40 yearlings in 2002 at Keeneland in July, Saratoga, and Keeneland in September.

Danehill Colt Brings Sale Record Price In Hong Kong

A 2-year-old bay colt by Danehill brought a record price of $576.923 (HK$4.5 million) at the Piaget Hong Kong International Sale on Friday evening at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. He was purchased by the partnership of Jacky Chan Cheung Ming and Mr. and Mrs. Sammy Chan Cheong Yuk. Produced from the 15-year-old Darshaan mare Caraniya, the Australian-bred colt is a half-brother to Irish group III winner Cajarian (by Shahrastani). He will be trained by Francis Liu, who is the second-leading trainer in Hong Kong.

Business Declines at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Sale

The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky December mixed sale experienced significant declines across-the-board on Monday. The number sold and gross revenue plunged by 38.6% and 55.1%, respectively, from a year ago. The average and median prices were down by 26.8% and 14.3%, respectively.
Fasig-Tipton reported that 121 horses were sold at the Newtown Paddocks in Lexington for a gross of $531,400, an average of $4,392, and a median of $3,000. Last year, the 197 horses sold grossed $1,182,400 and averaged $6,002. The median was $3,500.

Auction Edge, Timeform In Exclusive Agreement on Ratings

The Blood-Horse Inc. announced Monday, Dec. 10, that an exclusive agreement has been reached with Timeform of England in which the Timeform Ratings will be included in Auction Edge, the auction catalog supplement published by Blood-Horse. Under the agreement, Timeform's ratings that use pounds as a measure of a horse's merit will be used in future Auction Edge books.

Valid Expectations Colt Tops Fasig-Tipton Texas Sale

A weanling colt by North America's leading first crop sire, Valid Expectations, brought $60,000 to top the Texas Thoroughbred Association's mixed sale that was conducted by Fasig-Tipton on Sunday. Tom Durant purchased the colt from Roger Daly, agent for the complete dispersal of Kellie Creek Farm.

Flying Spur Gelding Tops Australian Sale

Centurian, a 4-year-old gelding by Flying Spur, brought the top price of $40,000 (Australian) at William Inglis & Son's December mixed sale in Melbourne, Australia on Friday. Magic Millions Adelaide purchased Centurian from a dispersal of horses owned by Group One Racing Club. Produced from the Noalcoholic mare Eccentricity, Centurian has won two of his 18 career races.

Tattersalls Shatters December Sales Records

Tattersalls' December mares sale ended on Thursday with a record average and its second-highest gross revenue ever. The 767 horses sold grossed 36,065,500 guineas ($53,625,972) and averaged 47,022 guineas ($69,917). Compared to last year's figures, the number sold was down by 2.7%, but the gross, average, and median rose by 4.0%, 6.8%, and 10.9%, respectively.

Upswing Continues At Tattersalls' Mares Sale

The Tattersalls December mares sale continued its strong run during its second session on Tuesday, recording increases in gross revenue, average price, and median price. The 202 horses sold grossed 13,308,500 guineas and averaged 65,883 guineas. The median was 30,000 guineas. The gross and average were up by 15.8% and 16.3%, respectively from the comparable session in 2000. The median was up by 20.0%. Last year during the second session, 203 horses were sold for a gross of 11,497,500 guineas, an average of 56,637 guineas, and a median of 25,000 guineas.

Average And Gross Rise During Tattersalls' First Session

The Tattersalls December breeding stock sale got off to a fast start in England on Monday, with the gross revenue and average price both exceeding last year's first session figures. Tattersalls reported that 194 horses were sold for a total of 8,227,400 guineas, an average of 42,667 guineas, and a median price of 20,000 guineas. The gross and average were up by 28.6% and 27.4%, respectively, from 2000. The median fell by 4.8%.

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.

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