After braving a weekend in which temperatures barely made it into the teens, consignors and buyers can expect milder weather when the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale begins.
Consignor Alfred Nuckols, who hit a home run when a Street Sense yearling filly consigned by his Hurstland Farm to Keeneland’s 2013 January horses of all ages brought a winning bid of $1.45 million, has the filly's full brother in this year's sale.
Consistently among the leading consignors at Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton sales, Martha Jane Mulholland’s Mulholland Springs Farm targets the Keeneland January horses of all ages for certain mares and short yearlings that do not fit in November.
Although Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots is some 650 miles south of Lexington, an outbreak of equine herpesvirus at the New Orleans facility is having an effect on the Keeneland horses of all ages sale that begins Jan. 9.
An incentive program aimed at improving the size and quality of the broodmare and racehorse populations in Ontario has been unveiled just in time for the first mixed sales of 2017.
With snow blanketing the ground and an arctic blast dropping temperatures to below freezing, Central Kentucky offered an apt setting for Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale that ushers in the 2017 sale season.
This month, TVG, America's Horse Racing network, will debut The Starting Gate, a new hour-long show that will air Saturday and Sunday mornings, providing a look at the horse racing industry, emerging prospects, current stars, and personalities.
The 2017 auction season kicks off Jan. 9, with the five-day Keeneland January horses of all ages sale, which has 1,893 horses cataloged.
The Kentucky state veterinarian's office has imposed an embargo on horses from any Louisiana track or training center from entering any Kentucky track or training center.
Following Royal Inheritance's impressive maiden win last month at Aqueduct Racetrack, owner Joseph Bulger decided it was an opportune time to sell the Regal Ransom filly who has been supplemented to the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.
Both of the weekend's grade I winners at Santa Anita Park—Constellation and Mind Your Biscuits—passed through a Keeneland auction as yearlings and were offered through an Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. 2-year-olds in training sale.
Fasig-Tipton Midlantic announced 229 entries for its winter mixed sale, representing a 37% spike over the number cataloged for the 2016 sale that was the first after a schedule change for the auction previously held in December.
The new rule specifically addresses the problem of "secret commissions" or kick-backs with any buying or selling of a Thoroughbred.
Equine Sales Company announced Dec. 15 its complete 2017 schedule of auctions. In addition to the 2-Year-Olds in Training sale already announced for May 9 with a breeze date of May 7, two other sales will be held at the Opelousas, La., facility.
Executives from around the world documented how new, fan-friendly wagers are helping them find new customers and keep them engaged in horse racing.
Tattersalls Ireland is delighted to announce the appointment of Kenneth Fenton as bloodstock executive with immediate effect.
Keeneland has cataloged 1,892 horses for its 2017 January horses of all ages sale, to be held Jan. 9-13 in Lexington.
The curtain came down on a record year of trading for Tattersalls in Newmarket Dec. 1 with the fourth and final installment of the December mares sale.
A rare offering from Juddmonte's famous Hasili family dominated proceedings at Tattersalls December Mare sale Nov. 30, snapped up by Amanda Skiffington for 775,000gns (US$1,016,537).
Dams of Derby winners rarely come on the market, let alone a mare who has produced one who also scored in the Irish equivalent, so Harzand's dam Hazariya was always going to sell for a premium when offered in the Tattersalls December Mares Sale.
Dubawi (IRE) was again the big draw in the opening session of the Tattersalls December mare sale as The Miniver Rose (IRE), the only mare cataloged in foal to him, was the sale topper at 550,000gns.
In the Thoroughbred breeding business, dispersals of major breeders and/or owners allow others to purchase bloodlines and gain entry to families that they otherwise might never get in on.
Two lots sold for 100,000 guineas or more Nov. 26 at the Tattersalls December foal sale, bringing a close to the four-day sale.
The 2016 renewal of the Tattersalls December mares sale combines the best of British and Irish bloodstock with significant consignments from throughout Europe.
The marathon Keeneland November mixed sale that concluded Nov. 20 brought down the curtain on the 2016 public auction season with slight across-the-board declines in significant categories, signaling an overall stable market.
The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company is moving its annual yearling sale from August to October in 2017 and is combining its mixed sales into one January event.
A colt by the Frankel topped the one-day Tattersalls December yearling sale Nov. 21 at 250,000 guineas on a day that saw a record average and median and robust trade throughout the day.
Keeneland’s 13-day November breeding stock sale that ended Nov. 20 reflected a stable market that mirrored recent trends, in which there is continued demand for quality and buyers' unwillingness to take risks on horses that do not fit their criteria.
Following the Nov. 19 penultimate session of the 13-day Keeneland November breeding stock sale, the auction is on nearly even terms with the 2015 stand that totaled 12 days, with gross receipts down 2% and the average price almost identical.
Boosted by the Wildenstein Stable dispersal and large lots from major Irish breeders, the Goffs November breeding stock sale drew to a close Nov. 19 with double-digit increases in total receipts and average.
Keeneland's November breeding stock sale has substantial international appeal spread across all levels of the market, but it is particularly an important part of trade as the marathon auction nears the finish line.
Racing prospect Pizmo Time, a winning 3-year-old gelding by City Zip from the family of two-time grade I winner Cavorting, sold for $120,000 to Caves Farm to lead the Nov. 17 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Day 9 of the Keeneland November sale sees a Tapit mare sell for $140,000 and a Cairo Prince weanling colt that brings $120,000 as its session leaders.
Horsemen betting on the future at November sale
Boosted by the conclusion of the Conquest Stables dispersal, the Nov. 15 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale soared past the comparable day a year ago, bringing the cumulative numbers to nearly even terms with '15.
At the current Keeneland November breeding stock sale, Three Chimneys Farm’s Will Take Charge leads sires with first foals of 2016 going under the hammer, with 18 sold for $2,312,000 through Nov. 15.
Less than two weeks after his son Arrogate reeled in champion California Chrome to capture the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), Unbridled's Song has top billing once more as the leading sire by gross through Book 4 at Keeneland November.
Boosted by the first day of the Conquest Stables dispersal and the historic sale of Uptown Twirl for $1,075,000, prices soared during the Nov. 14 seventh session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
The dispersal of Conquest Stables began Nov. 14 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, topped by the $800,000 bid by Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Stables for Conquest Serenade, a half sister to Canadian champion Fatal Bullet.
Uptown Twirl, a stake-winning half sister to multiple grade I winner Classic Empire was purchased by Three Chimneys Farm for $1,075,000 to take the lead during the Nov. 14 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale
Another filly from the blockbuster Conquest Stables dispersal lit up the Keeneland November breeding stock sale bid board Nov. 14 when Conquest Serenade was purchased by Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Stable for $800,000.
Conquest Curlgirl, a graded stakes-placed daughter of Curlin, was purchased early by Sea Horse Breeders for $400,000 at the Complete Dispersal of Conquest Stables, being held during the Nov. 14 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Moonlight Sky, a full sister to grade III winner Sky Girl, was sold for $240,000 to top the Nov. 13 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale that saw key figures dip from the comparable session a year ago.
For the second day in a row, Louisiana breeder Evelyn Benoit struck for a high-priced mare to breed to her stallion Star Guitar, going to $550,000 for Five Star Momma during the fifth session of Keeneland's November breeding stock sale.
Peter M. Brant, one of the leading breeders of the 1990s, has returned to the Thoroughbred industry after a hiatus, with one of his purchases a gray Tapit filly acquired during the Nov. 9 second session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Claire Novak recaps Day 4 of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, including a look at some of the top hips. Also comments from James Keogh. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency.
At the Nov. 11 Keeneland breeding stock sale, Grovendale’s James Keogh acquired the multiple stakes winner and graded-placed mare Moment of Majesty for $850,000 from the Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency consignment to be bred to Star Guitar.
The fireworks started early during the Nov. 11 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale when Evelyn Benoit’s Star Guitar Inc. went to $850,000 to acquire Moment of Majesty, a daughter of Saint Liam in foal to Curlin.
Claire Novak recaps Day 3 of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale including a look at some of the top hips, and comments from Patrick Lawley-Wakelin and Walker Hancock. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency
The opening Book 2 Keeneland November breeding stock sale session saw strong interest in broodmares and broodmare prospects—helped in part by a Phipps Stable reduction—as sale numbers improved compared with the same session in 2015.
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