Thoroughbred Sales

Previews, results and analysis for Thoroughbred public sales

Mama Mia! ABBA Star Helps Tatts Sale

Mama Mia! ABBA Star Helps Tatts Sale

A resilient book 1 of Tattersalls' October yearling sale finished with an average price of 121,515 guineas, just 5% down from last year, while the 85,000-guinea median rose 6%. The 49,821,000-guinea aggregate for the 410 horses sold (from 532 offered) Oct. 7-9 in England was down 23%, but the catalog was smaller than the 2007 edition.

OBS Mixed Sale Suffers Major Losses

OBS Mixed Sale Suffers Major Losses

The results were grim for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s fall mixed auction, which ended its three-day run in Central Florida Oct. 8. The buy-back/no bid rate rose significantly while the other key business figures suffered huge setbacks during a week when the American stock market is plunging and economic turmoil is increasing worldwide.

Sales Draw Sport Horse Enthusiasts

Tennessee equestrian and horse breeder Lisa Cook wanted a Thoroughbred mare to breed to her Thoroughbred stallion, but perceived high prices always prevented her from buying one at high profile auctions such as Kentucky's Keeneland sale. But since the economy drove prices at this year's Keeneland September yearling sale downward, sport horse enthusiasts like Cook might be thinking differently.

Zayat Adheres to Plan, Selling Horses

Following his business plan, Ahmed Zayat of Zayat Stables will offer more than 70 horses, including grade III winner Baroness Thatcher, during the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, which begins Nov. 3. Eaton Sales will consign the horses, which will include racing, broodmare, and stallion prospects, as well as a few weanlings.

Montjeu Colt Top Lot at Tattersalls

Montjeu Colt Top Lot at Tattersalls

John Magnier's Coolmore Stud buying team topped day two of Tattersalls' October yearling sale in England when spending 650,000 guineas on a Montjeu half-brother to dual French group I winner Vespone (by Llandaff). Blandford Bloodstock's Tom Goff was the immediate underbidder on the colt, which was consigned through Caroline Green's Templeton Stud to the Book 1 portion of the auction.

Sheikh Mohammed Dominates at Tattersalls

The Book 1 portion of Tattersalls' October yearling sale in England saw trade broadly on a par with last year during its first session. With this year's sale reduced from four days to three, Tattersalls did not issue comparative figures, but the 114,227-guinea average price Oct. 7 was down just 1% from the comparable figure on last year's opening day with a larger catalogue. The 80,000-guinea median price fell 7.5% and the 15,078,000-guinea turnover rose 3.5%.

Zayat Has Large Consignment at Keeneland

Zayat Stables has 90 horses cataloged in Eaton Sales' consignment for the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. They include 2007 Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) winner Baroness Thatcher and Premium Wine, who scored in the 2007 Gallant Bob Handicap at Philadelphia Park and finished third in the 2008 Carter Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct.

Fasig-Tipton Offers Virtual Catalog

Fasig-Tipton Offers Virtual Catalog

Fasig-Tipton has launched a full online version of its November select mixed sale catalog, featuring 188 offerings. The technology includes race videos of graded winners and a unique "book-like" interface that allows the user to turn virtual pages.

Eight Belles' Dam in Keeneland Sale

Eight Belles' Dam in Keeneland Sale

Away, the dam of the ill-fated Eight Belles, has been entered in the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. An 11-year-old daughter of Dixieland Band, Away is Hip No. 271 and will be offered during the auction's opening session Nov. 3 in Lexington. She is in foal to Eight Belles's sire, Unbridled's Song.

Tattersalls' Book 1 Offers Quality

Tattersalls' Book 1 Offers Quality

Tattersalls officials were cautiously optimistic ahead of select book 1 of the October yearling sale, which starts Oct. 7 at Newmarket in England. There are 611 lots cataloged, 122 less than last year, and Tattersalls marketing director Jimmy George is hoping that the global economy will not have too great an impact.

Will Trends Continue at OBS Mixed Sale?

Will Trends Continue at OBS Mixed Sale?

With a yearling auction season all but over, and one that delivered a sharp dose of economic reality, industry eyes will be fixed on the upcoming Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. fall mixed sale, the unofficial annual kick-off to the campaign of selling of broodmares and weanlings.

Average Rises at Arqana Sale

Arqana's select sale of horses in training in France Oct. 4 generated an impressive average price of 154,000 euros ($212,967), which was a 25.8% increase over the 2007 figure of 122,429 euros.

Cautiously Optimistic at FT Midlantic

If two words could sum up the thoughts of the consignors and sale company officials on the eve of the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall yearling sale, those words could be 'cautiously optimistic.' The sale kicks off its three-day run Sept. 29 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md., with sessions beginning at 10 a.m.

Zero Steroid Positives at Keeneland Sale

Zero Steroid Positives at Keeneland Sale

Buyers of 94 of the 3,605 yearlings sold during the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale requested tests for exogenous anabolic steroids during the 15-session auction which ran from Sept. 8-23 in Central Kentucky. Keeneland reported all tests were returned negative.

Afleet Alex's September Yearlings Shine

Afleet Alex's September Yearlings Shine

The huge Keeneland September auction provided the yearling selling season's biggest and stiffest test of the commercial appeal of new stallions' progeny. Because many young sires had a large number of offspring offered, their success depended less on a few carefully-selected top individuals and more on their ability to pass along good conformation consistently to their offspring.

Keeneland November Sale Bigger Than Ever

Keeneland November Sale Bigger Than Ever

Keeneland has cataloged 5,709 horses for its November breeding stock sale, setting a world record for a Thoroughbred auction. The total exceeds the previous mark of 5,555 for this year's Keeneland September yearling sale and is up by 294 lots from the former November sale mark of 5,415.

Keeneland September Gross Down 14.8%

Keeneland September Gross Down 14.8%

The Keeneland September yearling sale closed out its 15-session run in Lexington with downturns in every key business figure and gross revenue that fell short of last year's total by a whopping $57,019,500. But even though the setbacks were significant, many participants in the auction were pleased by its performance at a time when the nation is reeling from a financial meltdown and there are growing economic woes abroad.

NY Sale Has More Than 400 Lots

The New York Breeders' Sales Co. has cataloged 400 mares and weanlings, along with 16 stallion seasons, for its fall breeding stock sale. The auction will be held Oct. 12 at Saratoga in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Sahm Colt Shines at Tattersalls Ireland

A U.S.-bred Sahm colt, which had been bought for $15,000 at Keeneland in January by Beech Tree Farm, rose in price to 80,000 euros (approximately $116,651) Sept. 23 to top the opening session of Tattersalls Ireland's September yearling sale.

Better Than Honour Up Last in F-T Sale

Better Than Honour Up Last in F-T Sale

Better Than Honour, the 2007 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year, will be the last horse through the ring during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November select mixed sale, which has 188 lots in its catalog. The auction will be conducted Nov. 2 in Lexington beginning at 3 p.m. (EST).

Tattersalls Ireland Sale Has 504 Lots

Tattersalls Ireland Sale Has 504 Lots

Tattersalls Ireland stages the country's first yearling auction of 2008 Sept. 23 and 24. There are 504 lots cataloged for the September sale, which will be held at the company's Fairyhouse headquarters in County Meath.

Keeneland Gross Down 29.7%

Keeneland Gross Down 29.7%

Sunday's session of the Keeneland September yearling sale was similar to Saturday's session in that key indicators were down from last year's comparable figures.

Adena Springs Cancels Broodmare Sale

Adena Springs Cancels Broodmare Sale

Frank Stronach's Adena Springs operation has canceled the 2008 edition of its annual broodmare sale. The auction, which featured mares in foal to Adena Springs stallions, had been held for 11 consecutive years previously.

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