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Bird's Half-Brother Goes to Dogwood

Bird's Half-Brother Goes to Dogwood

A Yonaguska half-brother to Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner and BlackBerry Preakness Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Mine That Bird brought $485,000 during the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training May 18. Dogwood Stable purchased the dark bay or brown colt from Cary Frommer, agent for Paul Saylor.

Friesan Fire Sizzles in Final Pre-Derby Work

Friesan Fire Sizzles in Final Pre-Derby Work

Friesan Fire burned up the track April 27 at Churchill Downs, working five furlongs in a blazing :57 4/5 during his final serious move before the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I). Wearing red and white blinkers and carrying jockey Gabriel Saez, the 3-year-old son of A.P. Indy turned in splits of :11 1/5, :22 1/5, :33 3/5, and 45:1/5. Friesan Fire galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.

Eclipse 3-Year-Old Filly: Proud Spell

Eclipse 3-Year-Old Filly: Proud Spell

Don't tell Proud Spell's owner and breeder, Brereton C. Jones, that his bay filly isn't tough. Even though the daughter of Proud Citizen lacks size, Jones has seen plenty of evidence that she's one of the grittiest runners on the track today.

Keeneland Opening Average Plummets 45.9%

Keeneland Opening Average Plummets 45.9%

The results were grim, but not surprising, as Keeneland opened its January horses of all ages sale in Lexington during a time of worldwide economic downturns. The gross revenue Jan. 12 plummeted 44% from the auction's first session in 2008 while the average price dropped 45.9%. The median price suffered the most damage, falling 50.9%.

Team Valor to Focus on Yearlings

Barry Irwin, who heads Team Valor International, is changing his strategy for acquiring horses for the racing partnerships his company puts together. And that could be good news for yearling sale consignors.

Don Gato Among Standouts at Keeneland

Don Gato Among Standouts at Keeneland

There's a half-brother to a Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner and a very fast Forestry colt in the second and final session of the Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training Wednesday night in Central Kentucky.

Keeneland Seeks to Protect Sale Horses from EHV-1

Because of the recent equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreak in Florida, Keeneland officials have issued additional requirements that must be met before horses enter the sale grounds for the January horses of all ages auction.

All Signs Remain Up at Keeneland September

The fourth session of the massive 14-day Keeneland September yearling sale ended on a positive note Thursday with the Central Kentucky auction house realizing increases in gross, average and median. The sale company also reported across the board cumulative increases.

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