Thoroughbred Sales

Previews, results and analysis for Thoroughbred public sales

Biancone Buys Baroness Thatcher

Biancone Buys Baroness Thatcher

Trainer Patrick Biancone went to $1.8 million to acquire grade III winner Baroness Thatcher during the late portion of day two of the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 4 at the Central Kentucky auction house.

Mushka Sells for $2.4 Million

Mushka Sells for $2.4 Million

Grade II winner Mushka was purchased by Elizabeth Moran's Brushwood Stable for $2.4 million to keep the second session of the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale rolling along Nov. 4 at the Central Kentucky auction house.

Lady Joanne Goes for $1.25 Million

Lady Joanne Goes for $1.25 Million

Adena Springs' Frank Stronach went to $1.25 million to acquire grade I winner Lady Joanne in foal to Mr. Greeley to kick start the second session of the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 4 at the Central Kentucky auction house.

Keeneland November Sale Slumps at Start

Keeneland November Sale Slumps at Start

The opening session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale generated some fireworks, but the results were a lot less spectacular than in 2007 when the gross revenue ($109,064,000) and the number of horses sold for $1 million or more apiece (28) established world Thoroughbred auction records for a single sale session. Also last year, Playful Act set a $10.5-million world mark for a broodmare or broodmare prospect, which since has been eclipsed by Better Than Honour's $14-million price.

Filly Out of Teeming Brings $1.475

Filly Out of Teeming Brings $1.475

On the heels of Better Than Honour selling for $14 million, a bay filly out of her daughter, Teeming, sold to Reiley McDonald of Eaton Sales for $1.475 million late in the opening session of the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 3.

Shadow Cast Sells for $2.3 Million

Shadow Cast Sells for $2.3 Million

Representing Sheikh Mohammed, John Ferguson went to $2.3 million to acquire grade I winner Shadow Cast during the afternoon portion of the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 3 at the Central Kentucky auction house.

Hystericalady Brings $3 Million

Hystericalady Brings $3 Million

Selling as a racing or broodmare prospect, grade I winner Hystericalady was purchased by Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock advisor, John Ferguson, for $3 million during the early portion of the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Ermine Brings $1.3 Million at Keeneland

Ermine Brings $1.3 Million at Keeneland

Ermine, winner of the 2007 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I), sold for $1.3 million early during the Nov. 3 opening session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in Lexington. Shunsuke Yoshida signed the sale ticket, acting on behalf of his father, Katsumi Yoshida, who owns Northern Farm in Japan.

Better Than Honour Sets World Record

Better Than Honour Sets World Record

Even though we're in the midst of a global financial crisis, a special horse can still bring a jaw-dropping amount. Better Than Honour, the dam of back-to-back Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winners Jazil and champion Rags to Riches, set a world Thoroughbred auction record for a broodmare or broodmare prospect Nov. 2 when her price soared to $14 million during the Fasig-Tipton November select mixed sale in Lexington.

Better Than Honour Brings $14 Million

Better Than Honour Brings $14 Million

Better Than Honour, dam of back-to-back Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winners Jazil and Rags to Riches, set a world Thoroughbred auction record for a broodmare or broodmare prospect when she brought $14 million from Mike Moreno's Southern Equine Stables as the last horse through the sale ring Nov. 2 during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November select mixed auction in Lexington. She was not in foal.

Stardom Bound Sells for $5.7 Million

Stardom Bound Sells for $5.7 Million

Stardom Bound, winner of the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and the probable champion 2-year-old filly, brought $5.7 million from IEAH Stables, which is headed by Michael Iavarone and Richard Schiavo, late in the afternoon of Nov. 2 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November select mixed sale. Her new trainer will be Rick Dutrow, who conditioned recently retired Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Big Brown for IEAH and partners.

Madcap Escapade Brings $3.1 Million

Madcap Escapade Brings $3.1 Million

Grade I winner Madcap Escapade, in foal to A.P. Indy, sold for $3.1 million Nov. 2 to kick off the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November select mixed auction in Lexington. Cataloged as Hip No. 2, Madcap Escapade was the first horse in the sale ring because Hip No. 1, grade I winner Great Hunter, was scratched.

Keeneland Sale Faces Economic Hurdles

Keeneland Sale Faces Economic Hurdles

Consignors are steeling themselves and their clients for a significant downturn in the market at Keeneland's breeding stock sale, which starts Nov. 3 in Lexington and runs for 15 days. But they also are hoping that the drop in prices will bring out the bargain hunters, who could help reduce the severity of the setbacks, which seem inevitable during the current global financial crisis and Thoroughbred auction slump.

Confidence High at FT November Sale

Confidence High at FT November Sale

A small catalogue of boutique offerings combined with a dash of confidence from sale company officials and consignors could be the just the right recipe for the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November select sale. The one-day auction begins at 3 p.m. at the sale company's Newtown Paddocks near Lexington.

Adena Springs Brings Back 2yo Sale

Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm will conduct a sale of 2-year-olds in training in March of 2009. Adena Springs' representatives had previously announced a decision to discontinue the auction earlier this year.

HRTV to Cover November Sale

HRTV's coverage of the sale will be interspersed throughout the network's live airing of the final races from both Churchill Downs and Aqueduct, which begin earlier in the afternoon.

Vacare Scratched from Keeneland Sale

Vacare Scratched from Keeneland Sale

Vacare, winner of the 2006 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (gr. IT) and an earner of $1,123,706, has been scratched from the Keeneland November breeding stock sale because of the struggling economy and downturns at many recent Thoroughbred auctions, said the mare's co-owner, Jon Kelly, Oct. 30.

Red Ransom Colt Sets Pace in Australia

A Red Ransom -- Joie colt brought the top price of Aust$180,000 Oct. 30 during the opening session of the Magic Millions national horses in training sale in Australia.

Expansion Planned for Saratoga Pavilion

Expansion Planned for Saratoga Pavilion

Fasig-Tipton has applied for a building permit to expand its sale pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N. Y., according to the company's president, Boyd Browning. Much of the work planned for the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion, he said, is designed to bring the building "up to date" to comply with the existing codes for handicapped access.

Hystericalady Among Keeneland Prospects

Hystericalady Among Keeneland Prospects

Hystericalady, a grade I winner and an earner of $2,390,556, is scheduled to be offered (as Hip No. 53) on the opening day of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 3. She comes into the auction after a fifth-place finish in the Oct. 24 Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I), which was won by the undefeated Zenyatta.

Stardom Bound is Fasig-Tipton Bound

Stardom Bound is Fasig-Tipton Bound

Charles Cono's Stardom Bound, winner of the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), will be offered as planned at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November select mixed sale Nov. 2, said her trainer, Christoper Paasch Oct. 29.

OBS Changes February Sale Date

OBS Changes February Sale Date

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2009 February select sale of 2-year-olds in training has been rescheduled for Feb. 17 in Central Florida, and the Adena Springs sale of 2-year-olds in training has been added to the 2009 lineup and is scheduled for March 16.

Tapit Weanling Tops Barretts Final Day

A Tapit weanling colt brought a session-topping $60,000 at the second day of the Barretts October mixed sale Oct. 28. Broodmares and weanlings made up most of the sale's second half, which saw 100 horses gross $379,500 and average $3,795.

Sugar Ray Sells for European Record

The European public auction record for a colt or gelding in training was eclipsed Oct. 29 when 4-year-old Sugar Ray sold for 600,000 guineas at the Tattersalls October horses in training sale at Newmarket, England.

Barretts' First Session Suffers Declines

With no major dispersals in the mix and working against an ailing economy, the two-day 2008 Barretts October mixed sale began Oct. 27 facing an uphill battle. The first day saw 143 horses sell for $536,600, yielding an average of $3,752 that was 69% last year's event.

Giant's Causeway Son Tops FT Ky Sale

A $310,000 son of Giant's Causeway topped the second session of the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale at the sale company's Newtown Paddocks near Lexington. Despite six horses bringing six figure prices, the overall statistics for the sale continue to slide.

Marju Colt Stands Out at Tattersalls

A Marju - What a Picture colt topped the second session of Book 2 of Tattersalls October yearling sale in Newmarket, England, Oct. 14, bringing 170,000 guineas from Sheikh Hamdan's racing manager, Angus Gold. Agent Larry Stratton was the immediate underbidder on the colt, which was consigned by Willie Browne's Meadowlands Stud.

Sheikhs Continue Tattersalls Domination

Sheikh Mohammed's adviser, John Ferguson, and Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Estates Co. dominated the top end trade in Newmarket, England, Oct. 13 during the opening session of Book 2 of Tattersalls' October yearling sale.

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.

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