John G. Sikura has added 205 acres to his Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington.
Keeneland expects to catalogue about 50 more horses this year for its April auction of 2-year-olds in training. The sale is scheduled for Tuesday, April 16, a dark day during the Keeneland spring race meet.
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.
Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 212 horses for the Dec. 9 mixed sale at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
A smaller catalogue led to a lower gross, but the major indicators were positive for Barretts at its October yearling sale. Held Oct. 2, the auction showed significant gains in average and median.
Ron Frederic's Tri-County Farm near Georgetown, Ky., will be auctioned Sept. 20. Frederic decided he needs to focus his time and attention not on 285 acres full of horses, but on his company New Image International.
A $400,000 Saint Ballado colt is leading the Thursday session of Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's selected yearling sale. The session's top selling filly is a $300,000 daughter of Gulch.
Frank Calabrese and a 2-year-old colt by Victory Speech combined to top Saturday's Illinois sale. Calabrese paid $100,000 for hip #25 at the June 23 Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation sale at Arlington Park.
This year, the financial results were mixed for pinhookers at the five major select juvenile auctions.
Breaking records had become routine for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic juvenile sale. Its gross revenue peaked in 1998, and the average and median soared to all-time highs in 2000.
Rubbing his eyes, Randy Hartley tried to stop the tears from flowing. His voice cracked with emotion as he described what it was like to sell a son of Dehere for $1,050,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March select auction of 2-year-olds in training.
A high buy-back rate and only one break-out horse were the key points Monday during the first session of the two-day Fasig-Tipton Texas 2-year-olds in training sale at Lone Star Park.
The Blood-Horse, Inc., is introducing a new sales supplement that offers more detailed information in an easy to read format.
Hip No. 316, a colt by Cahill Road consigned by Eisaman Equine, Agent worked an eighth of a mile in :10 2/5, the fastest work at the distance at the second session of the Under Tack Show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March Sale of Selected 2-Year-Olds in Training. The colt is out of Blockbuster Lady, a half sister to stakes winner Lady Blockbuster.
Buyers at the top of the juvenile market may turn out in droves for an auction. They may fill the grandstand to watch under tack shows, and send a small army of veterinarians and agents to look at the horses. But they are just as picky as ever, maybe even more so. That was the harsh reality faced by consignors during the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale at Calder on Feb. 27.
By Suzi Shoemaker -- When six leading sale companies announced a policy last year of a $1,000 opening bid ("upset") for breeding and paddock sales, it sounded great to most breeders and consignors. But in the first two months of 2001, a lot of Thoroughbreds are suddenly worth nothing.
Equine Spectrum's online auction of 16 mares scheduled for March 15 includes such well-known names as grade I winners Luna Wells and Cara Rafaela.
Tik Tik Trinidad, representing Gooree Stud owner Eduardo Cojuangco, went to $1,450,000 ($645,178 U.S.) to buy the sale topper and establish a new filly yearling record at the New Zealand Premier Sale on Thursday.
By Bruce Smart -- Articles describing the 2000 yearling sales have trumpeted the enormous prices being paid for fine physical horses by fashionable sires. But for the "little guy" breeder a darker aspect of today's market hits harder -- the financial disaster represented by the prices for the many race-worthy yearlings that lack a stylish pedigree and fall short of physical perfection.
Keeneland's 14-day November breeding stock sale ended Saturday with a record average and the second-highest dollar volume in the history of the auction. Keeneland sold 3,266 horses for $301,994,800 during this year's event. Last year, Keeneland sold 3,461 horses for $317,666,000. both records for thoroughbred auctions worldwide.
Sale records were established for the number of horses sold, gross revenue, and average price at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling auction, which ended on Wednesday. In addition, more horses were sold for six-figure prices than ever before.
Coolmore's John Magnier purchased the session topper at opening day of the Goffs Orby yearling sale Tuesday in Ireland, purchasing a Danzig colt for approximately $2,233,000. The colt was sold by Kilcarn Stud and is the third foal out of Alywow, Canada's Horse of the Year in 1994.
The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale got off to a solid start on Monday, with 10 horses bringing individual prices of $100,000 or more. The opening session of the three-day auction also registered slight increases in average and median from a year ago and a significant upswing in gross revenue.
The November breeding stock sale at Keeneland will offer a record 5,111 horses and stallion seasons. The 13-day sale begins Nov. 5 at noon (EST), with the remaining 12 sessions beginning at 10 a.m.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai has been a major market influence since his first purchase at a North American yearling sale 20 years ago.
The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky select yearling sale began in Lexington, Ky. on Wednesday, with two colts each selling for $250,000 before a Lord Carson filly stepped into the ring to sell for $350,000.
A 2-year-old racing series tied to participation in the National Thoroughbred Racing Association through auction- or foal registration-related contributions was announced Monday by the NTRA.
A colt sired by 1989 Kentucky Derby winner and Japanese leading sire Sunday Silence set a record for a foal offered at public auction in Japan.
Keeneland Association will implement a comprehensive online package.
Five prominent Central Kentucky Thoroughbred breeding farms and sale agencies plan to implement a year-round Internet horse auction company.
Keeneland's July select yearling sale continues to shrink.
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