Despite difficult comparisons, the two-day consignor preferred sessions at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s fall mixed sale ended Oct. 9 in Central Florida with an increase in average price. Comparisons to 2006 were hard because last year there were three consignor preference sessions.
- By Ron Mitchell
Agents, owners, and trainers are purchasing yearlings by first-crop sires at the Keeneland September yearling sale because there is more upside than downside. Afterall, with no horses yet to race, each still has unlimited potential.
- By Ron Mitchell
Although there had been more than 2,000 horses through the ring by the time Monday's session began, there was a consensus that bidding continued to be competitive and there was an ample supply of good horses available.
West Point Stable's Flashy Bull, winner of the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs in June, has been retired from racing because of a crack in a sesamoid in his left front ankle.
- By Ron Mitchell
If buying and selling horses is a risky venture, those taking the most risks year-in and year-out are pinhookers primarily looking for horses to resell at a profit.
Previous to the start of this year's yearling auction season, there was speculation that pinhookers " purchasers of yearlings resale at 2-year-old auctions next year " would not be as active in the past. Based on Monday's results from the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky yearling sale, the pinhooking profession is alive and well, with two relative newcomers to the resale game among the most active buyers.
John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm has purchased an interest in the multiple graded stakes winning 3-year-old filly Dream Rush
Chace City, a grade II winner at Saratoga at 2 last year, was euthanized Jan. 16 following complications from an impacted intestine.
Charles J. Hesse III, a successful New Jersey breeder/owner, died Nov. 13 in New York after a short illness.
The second-highest-priced horse sold at this week's Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale -- a Chief Seattle filly purchased Tuesday for $270,000 by bloodstock agent Buzz Chace -- was bought privately for $29,000 by pinhooker John Brocklebank less than 24 hours earlier and should have been scratched, according to Fasig-Tipton officials.
A colt by Belong to Me set a record Wednesday at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s March auction, selling to agent Buzz Chace for $1.8 million.
A record price was established at the Keeneland 2-year-olds in training sale Tuesday when Coolmore Stud interests went to $3.3-million to acquire a striking juvenile son of Pulpit.
The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall Yearling sale has shown strong numbers through the first two days of the three-day auction. On Monday and Tuesday, gross and average are up slightly, while the median is up significantly and the number of horses bought back is down. The sale ends today.
Keeneland Association has filed a civil suit in Fayette County (Ky.) circuit court against Daniel Borislow because, to date, he has failed to pay the $1,654,000 he owes for the purchase of eight yearlings at this year's September yearling sale.
The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced Thursday that $1-million in research funds were raised by the auction of seasons at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
A Go for Gin colt brought the top price of $315,000 during the second session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale on Tuesday in Maryland.
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 13-day September yearling sale at Keeneland ended Saturday with sales eclipsing the previous records for gross, average price, and number of horses sold.
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