Third in last year's Windsor Park Plate (NZ-I), Block Partnership's Xanadu took this year's edition in a clear victory over two-time New Zealand Horse of the Year Mufhasa Sept. 21 at Hastings.
Eight horses sold for six figures at the Tattersalls July mixed sale, which ended its three-day run July 12 with advances for all major indicators and an 86.4% clearance rate that signified strong demand.
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.
Colt brings NZ$110,000 ($75,786 in U.S. funds) as New Zealand yearling sale ends.
Yearling brings NZ$90,000 ($62,000 in U.S. funds) at Karaka.
The New Zealand Bloodstock select yearling sale ended Feb. 5 with increases of 34.6% in gross revenue, 40.1% in average price, and 33.3% in median price from a year ago.
Elusive City, sire of this year's French mile classic winner Elusive Wave, will stand in 2010 at Haras d'Etreham in Normandy, France.
New Zealand Bloodstock's festival yearling sale closed out its two-day run Feb. 2 in Karaka with a gross revenue of NZ$4,498,700 (approximately $2,291,233 in U.S. funds), which was down only 11.3% from last year's total of NZ$5,073,850.
Arqana's select sale of horses in training in France Oct. 4 generated an impressive average price of 154,000 euros ($212,967), which was a 25.8% increase over the 2007 figure of 122,429 euros.
The Tattersalls Ireland December sale wrapped up Dec. 18 when 158 broodmares and foals sold for a gross 887,200 euros (about $1,277,500).
An Elusive City filly, consigned by Miltown Park Stud, sold for 55,000 euros to top Tuesday's session of the Goffs Ireland November foal sale.
French champion Elusive City has been purchased by Trelawney Stud in partnership with Cambridge Stud, Fairdale Stud, and Haunui Farm.
The Thoroughbred Corp. is finished as a racing operation, according to its president, Richard Mulhall.
Elusive City was disqualified Wednesday from two British successes -- a maiden race at Lingfield on July 17 and the Gerrard Investment Management Richmond Stakes (Eng-II) at Goodwood on July 30. The ruling has a major impact in North America on the list for leading freshman sire by earnings.
Elusive City, who suffered his first career defeat in the Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes, has been put away for the year after coming out of the race with sore shins.
Khalid Abdullah's homebred Oasis Dream, sent off at 6-1, pulled away to a 1 1/2-length victory in the Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes (Eng-I) Thursday afternoon at Newmarket.
The sky will not be the limit should the 'Sky' exacta hit Saturday at Keeneland in the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. II). The heavy favorite in the race will be Sky Mesa and the second choice will probably be Lone Star Sky.
The pressure is building on the Ballydoyle juvenile team. Just one winner from 20 runners in Britain this season is an appalling record, especially compared to the smash and grab successes of last year.
Upcoming events on both sides of the Atlantic could have a significant impact on the field for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
Storm Flag Flying was made the overwhelming 1-9 favorite Friday, the first day of Breeders' Cup Future Bet for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. On the male side, the $1 million Juvenile favorite is Vindication, heavily supported as well at 7-5.
The Thoroughbred Corporation's leading juvenile Elusive City faces disqualification from his victory in the group II Richmond Stakes at Goodwood last month over a positive test.
Eluisve City's victory in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood July 30 has been put in jeopardy by concern over the post-race sample he gave in a routine dope test.
The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Elusive City scored a three-length victory in the Gerrard Investment Management Richmond Stakes (Eng-II) at Goodwood. The victory was the first major stakes score for The Thoroughbred Corp. since the death of Prince Ahmed bin Salman on July 22.
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