Leading Horse of the Year candidate Wise Dan returned to the track Jan. 7 following some turnout time at trainer Charlie Lopresti's Forest Lane Farm near Lexington, joining Successful Dan and Turallure.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint winner Hightail has been retired from racing, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas confirmed Jan. 8.
The 23rd annual Thoroughbred Charities of America Select Stallion Season Auction, will be held Saturday, Jan. 5 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington.
Potesta, the Hollywood Oaks winner who suffered a career-ending condylar fracture to her left foreleg, recently arrived at Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., for her engagement in Keeneland's January sale.
Bassett will receive the Jim Host Sports Business Award from the Bluegrass Sports Commission and Alltech. In announcing the award, the BSC and Alltech noted that Bassett became Keeneland president in 1969.
Keeneland has cataloged 1,893 lots for its 2013 January horses of all ages sale to be held Jan. 7-11 in Lexington. The sale will feature the complete 80-horse dispersal of Fares Farm.
American Winner, a $140,000 graduate of the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale, won the Marvelous Jockeys Trophy on the Nov. 25 Japan Cup day card at Tokyo Racecourse.
The demand for quality bloodstock was in full force at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, but the middle and lower markets were soft.
Kentucky horsemen are losing patience with a new policy that requires regulatory veterinarians to administer furosemide on race day after mistakes have led to horses being scratched on consectutive race days at Churchill.
On heels of some strong days, the Keeneland November breeding stock sale hit a soft spot Nov. 14. The average price on day nine of the 11-day sale dropped 33% to $11,308 and the median fell 30% to $7,000.
Top-selling $775,000 filly, Flashy Gray, helps key statistics tracking ahead of 2011 results.
Flashy Gray, a 2-year-old winning daughter of Flashy Bull, brought $775,000 early in the eighth session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in Lexington.
Pastilla, a 3-year-old broodmare prospect, was sold by agent Hagyard Farm to James Ryan.
Gross sales, average price, and median price all rose by double-digit percentages following day six of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale.
Glen Hill Farm buys the Storm Cat daughter, believed in foal to Flatter, for $435,000.
Esther Marr recaps Day 5 of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, including comments from Walt Robertson, Keeneland Vice President of Sales. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency. Watch Video
Esther Marr recaps Day 4 of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, including the day's top sellers, and comments from Richard Hogan, Bloodstock Agent. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency. Watch Video
The good news during the fourth session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale was that the average and median both increases. The bad news was the rise in the buy-back rate.
- By Esther Marr
Esther Marr recaps Day 3 of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, including the day's top sellers, and comments from Walt Robertson, Keeneland Vice President of Sales. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency. Watch Video
While the young and beautiful have generated most of the financial fireworks at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale so far, the third session turned out to be the time for an older horse to sparkle.
Oui Say Oui, an Irish-bred daughter of Royal Applause, was purchased for $350,000 by Epona Bloodstock as the top-priced offering during the first half of the Nov. 8 session at the Keeneland November sale in Lexington.
Esther Marr recaps Day 2 of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, including the sales of Pure Clan and Changing Skies, who both brought more than $4 million. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency. Watch Video
Wealthy buyers' enthusiasm for the young and the beautiful fueled the market again during the second session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Samantha Nicole, a full sister to 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, has found a fitting new home with Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Stables during the second session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Esther Marr recaps Day 1 of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, including the sale of Plum Pretty. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency. Watch Video
Demand was strong for quality young mares and broodmare prospects as the Keeneland November breeding stock sale opened its 11-day run in Lexington.
With the economy improving and the Thoroughbred market rebounding, Keeneland officials are anticipating a robust November breeding stock sale. The auction will kick off its 11-day run Nov. 6 in Lexington.
Keeneland concluded its 2012 fall race meeting Oct. 27 with strong gains in all-sources handle and an attendance record.
Newsdad, switching from turf to Polytrack and shortening up for the closing day $150,000 Fayette Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland, swept to a two-length victory under meet-leading rider Julien Leparoux Oct. 27.
On a cool morning Oct. 26 at Keeneland, 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom turned in a workmanlike breeze preparing for his upcoming start in the Nov. 3 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park.
Kentucky Horse Racing Commission veterinarians have had a couple of mistakes as they work to carry out a new policy in which they apply race-day Salix, as opposed to private veterinarians.
Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Take Charge Indy, out of action since the spring due to an ankle injury, makes his return in the $150,000 Fayette Stakes (gr. II), the closing day feature of the Keeneland fall meet Oct. 27.
Animal Kingdom, winner of the 2011 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), returned to Keeneland Oct. 22 from his home base at Fair Hill, Md., to continue preparations for a Nov. 3 run at the Breeders' Cup Mile.
Golden Ticket, dead-heat winner of the Travers Stakes (gr. I), was not pre-entered in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and will be out for an undetermined period of time, trainer Ken McPeek said Oct. 23.
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Thoroughbred Charities of America will honor Frank Stronach with the TCA Leadership Award and Belmont Child Care Association with the TCA Industry Service Award.
Gypsy Robin was an impressive wire-to-wire winner of the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run Oct. 20, blitzing to the lead at Keeneland and never looking back as she easily overpowered 13 sophomore fillies by four lengths.
Jockeys John McKee and Amanda Tamburello escaped serious injury in an Oct. 20 Keeneland spill, although McKee's right wrist will require examination at a Louisville hospital, track representatives said.
Charlie Lopresti sent top Breeders' Cup Mile contender Wise Dan through an Oct. 20 breeze at Keeneland in preparation for his upcoming bid at the World Championships, and the versatile runner responded with usual alacrity.
Angel Terrace, rallying from last on the turn for home, and fast-closing Miz Ida scored divisions of the $125,000 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Keeneland turf Oct. 19.
Jockey Joseph Rocco, Jr. was transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for observation after his mount, Thermal Cat, broke down during the first race at Keeneland Oct. 19.
Kindergarden Kid made his third start in little more than a month a winning one at Keeneland Oct. 18, kicking on the afterburners approaching the line to jet home in the $100,000 Sycamore Stakes (gr. IIIT).
Upperline will be returning to the course and 1 1/2-mile distance where she captured the Grey Goose Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) in the spring.
The skeleton a Thoroughbred is born with isn't the finished product it needs to be a successful competitor. The animal must develop and strengthen it through training and then maintain it.
After last-minute horse-trading and some tough compromises, Kentucky's five Thoroughbred tracks have reached agreement on a 2013 calendar that drastically alters the traditional schedule.
The use of corticosteroids in racehorses has created controversy, but the medications are beneficial when used appropriately. That was Dr. Wayne McIlwraith's message during the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit IV.
Beaumont Stakes winner Gypsy Robin headlines a field of 14 sophomore fillies for the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run (gr. II) Oct. 20, including Killer Graces and Via Villagio from the West Coast barn of trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, which recently announced a new funding plan, was a main focus during a session entitled "Totally Aftercare" that closed out the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit.
Educating trainers about the warning signs of catastrophic injury and having committees focus on racetrack safety are two ways safety can be improved at the racetrack.
The use of racehorse medications and importance of owner education were among the topics discussed among trainers Kellyn Gorder, Tom Proctor, and Phil Sims at the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit at Keeneland.
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