George Strawbridge's homebred Moonlight Cloud won a clash of top European stars Aug. 11 when the mare gamely held off outsider Olympic Glory to win the Prix Jacques Le Marois (Fr-I) at Deauville, France.
The Arqana sales company in France is establishing a new auction this year with the aim of offering yearlings that are more precocious and likely to compete as 2-year-olds.
The Arqana summer sale at Deauville in France is scheduled for July 2-4.
Rich purses in France and few syndicates provide a golden opportunity for the Deauville-based auction house.
Craig Bernick of Glen Hill Farm near Ocala went to a sale-topping price of 200,000 euros to secure a Galileo filly at the Arqana February mixed sale Feb. 11 in Deauville.
The Arqana breeding stock sale concluded Dec. 11 in Deauville with a new benchmark in overall total receipts for the four-day auction that was bolstered by strong numbers at the top end of the market.
The Arqana breeding stock sale in Deauville posted powerful results through its first two days of trading Dec. 8-9, with cumulative figures already exceeding overall numbers at the 2011 sale.
The Aga Khan's Valyra, winner of this year's Prix de Diane (Fr-I), suffered a fracture to her femur while training at Deauville in France the morning of Aug. 29 and had to be euthanized due to the extent of her injury.
The Arqana Deauville yearling sale ended its four-session run in France Aug. 21 with a 2.2% increase in average price from a year ago. The gross revenue declined 9.6% and the median price remained the same.
A son of High Chaparral was the most expensive horse sold during the third session of the Arqana Deauville August yearling sale, bringing €220,000 ($271,313 in U.S. funds).
A son of Sea The Stars topped Part 1 of the Arqana Deauville August yearling sale in France by bringing 1.2 million euros ($1,479,740 in U.S. funds) during the second and final session.
Champion Snow Fairy made her return to the races a successful one with a tenacious three-quarter length victory over Izzi Top in the Darley Prix Jean Romanet (Fr-I) at Deauville Aug. 19.
Reckless Abandon completed his ascension to the top of the juvenile ranks with an authoritative victory in the Darley Prix Morny (Fr-I) at Deauville Aug. 19.
A daughter of Galileo commanded the top price of 1.1 million euros ($1,357,800 in U.S. funds) during the opening session of Arqana's Deauville August yearling sale in France.
Excelebration took advantage of not having to face Frankel by powering to a 1 1/4-length victory in the Prix Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques Le Marois (Fr-I) at Deauville Aug. 12.
Moonlight Cloud swept past longtime leader The Cheka in the final furlong and cruised to a sharp five-length victory in the Prix Maurice de Gheest (Fr-I) at Deauville Aug. 5.
Great Britain-based Elusive Kate proved her affinity for French racecourses as she notched her second group I victory with a decisive 1 3/4-length win in the Prix Rothschild (Fr-I) at Deauville July 29.
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Arqana's Deauville yearling sale has seven yearlings by champion Sea The Stars. The sale company also hopes to attract U.S. participants with custom tours of the D-Day landing beaches near Normandy.
Khalidabad brought the highest price of 175,000 euros ($219,180 in U.S. funds) during the Arqana summer sale, which was held July 4-5 in France. The auction was conducted in Deauville for the first time.
Nickelle commanded the top price of €85,000 ($112,137 in U.S. funds) during the Arqana February mixed sale in Deauville in France.
Group II winner Family One brought the top price of €400,000 ($550,028 in U.S. funds) Nov. 14 during the opening session of the Arqana autumn mixed sale in Deauville in France.
Arqana's Deauville October yearling sale ended its four-day run in France with a downturn of less than 1% in average price. The gross dropped 3.2% and the median declined 4.8%.
Part 2 of Arqana's Deauville October yearling sale opened with a 6.7% upswing in the median price from a year ago and an average price that grew less than 1%.
Part 1 of Arqana's Deauville October yearling sale, which consisted of two sessions, turned in a steady performance. At its conclusion Oct. 18, the average price was up 1.7% while the median price was the same as in 2010.
A Galileo colt commanded 310,000 ($430,119 in U.S. funds) to top the opening session of Arqana's October yearling sale at Deauville in France. MAB Agency purchased the bay yearling from Haras des Sablonnets.
The 2011 Arqana August yearling sale in Deauville bounced back in style during its four-session run following a below-par 2010 renewal.
A daughter of Galileo was the star of the second session of Arquana's August yearling sale at Deauville in France, bringing 1.7 million euros ($2,445,180).
An Invincible Spirit colt, which brought 440,000 euros ($633,147 in U.S. funds), was the most expensive horse sold during the opening session of Arqana's Deauville August yearling sale in France.
Dabirsim remained undefeated with a dominating victory in the $503,685 Darley Prix Morny (Fr-I) at Deauville Aug. 21.
Immortal Verse once again displayed her sparkling turn of foot as she charged past Goldikova in the closing stages to win the $854,658 Prix Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques Le Marois (Fr-I) at Deauville Aug. 15.
Moonlight Cloud took command within the final furlong and drew off to an impressive four-length victory in the $356,940 Prix Maurice de Gheest-Goldikova (Fr-I) at Deauville Aug. 7.
Goldikova made history when she held off the late charge of Sahpresa to claim victory in the $431,730 Prix Rothschild (Fr-I) at Deauville July 31.
The last foal sired by pensioned stallion Kingmambo is scheduled to be offered during the Arqana August yearling sale in Deauville in France. The chestnut colt is Hip No. 127 in the auction's catalog.
Arqana's Deauville breeding stock sale ended its four-day run Dec. 7 in France with increases from 2009 of 23.5% in gross revenue to â‚¬16,314,000 ($21,743,000 in U.S. funds) and 10.6% in average price to â‚¬28,722 ($38,347).
The average price continues to track about 20% ahead of last year at the Arqana Breeding Stock sale at Deauville.
Arqana's Deauville October yearling sale closed out its four-day run Oct. 21 in France with increases of 21.3% in gross revenue, 8.1% in average price, and 16.7% in median price from 2009.
With one day remaining in Arqana's October yearling auction in France, the gross has exceeded last year's total.
The bay yearling brings 300,000 euros ($417,729 in U.S. funds) from the MAB Agency.
The former U.S. Ambassador to Finland and philanthropist, buying in the name of Citywest, paid 195,000 euros ($272,491 in U.S. funds) for a Dylan Thomas colt, which is a member of his sire's first crop.
Stacelita improved her record to eight wins from 11 starts with a hard-fought victory over Antara in the Darley Prix Jean Romanet (Fr-I) at Deauville Aug. 22.
Dream Ahead completed a perfect weekend for jockey William Buick when he pulled away in the final furlong to capture the Darley Prix Morny (Fr-I) at Deauville Aug. 22.
The average price falls 17.2%, but the median is down only 2.8% for the auction, which ended its four-session run in France Aug. 16.
Classic winner Makfi regained his winning form in grand style, taking command within the final furlong to defeat Goldikova in the Prix Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques Le Marois (Fr-I) at Deauville Aug. 15.
The average price increases 1% from a year ago, but the gross declines with fewer horses offered.
The average price for the 60 horses that sold declined 26%. The median fell 16%.
Regal Parade earned his second group I victory with a determined effort to take the Prix Maurice de Gheest (Fr-I) at Deauville Aug. 8.
Goldikova further cemented her place in history with a dominating performance to capture the Prix Rothschild (Fr-I) for the third straight year.
The Arqana October yearling sale closed out its three-day run at Deauville in France Oct. 21 with increases from 2008 of 4.9% in gross revenue and 9.5% in average price. The clearance rate of 71.2% was the same as a year ago.
The average price rose 5.6% from 2008 and the median price increased 12.5% on the second day of the Arqana October yearling sale at Deauville in France Oct. 20. But fewer horses were sold, which contributed to a 6.7% reduction in the gross revenue.
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