During a day of high prices that helped lift average, a son of successful South African sire Silvano topped the opening session of the 2013 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, the first sale of the year in South Africa.
The Keeneland January sale serves as a benchmark for new stallions, as mares in foal to stallions who will have their first foals in 2013 are offered and sires who have their first yearlings look to make their mark.
The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October sale is the last major yearling auction of the year. But 2012's generally upbeat market didn't show any sign of fatigue during the sale's opening session in Lexington Oct. 22.
Six Thoroughbreds that were traveling by van from Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida to Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland April 18 were involved in an accident along Interstate 95 in Colleton County, S.C.
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Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farms went to $560,000 to acquire a colt by Speightstown at the 2012 Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Here is what some horsemen had to say about the juvenile market in general and the Keeneland juvenile auction in particular.
Longtime trainer Charles V.B. Cushman Jr. died Monday, Aug. 1, at his summer home in Chadds Ford, Pa.
An Orientate colt worked a quarter mile in :21 2/5, which was the fastest time for the distance, during the May 13 first session of the under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training in Timonium, Md.
In what has been a tough, grin-and-bear-it kind of year for sellers of 2-year-olds, Mike Akers of Dapple Bloodstock got a break from the bad news April 2 in Lexington. A son of Songandaprayer, which Dapple had purchased for $110,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Easter Fall yearling sale, turned in the fastest work at an eighth of a mile during the under tack show for the Keeneland juvenile auction. The dark bay or brown colt covered the distance in :9 4/5 over Keeneland's Polytrack surface.
John Phillips, owner of Darby Dan Farm near Lexington, announced that industry veteran Kip Elser of Kirkwood Stables would be joining the team as interim sales director.
Keeneland director of sales Geoffrey Russell called Tuesday's opening session of the Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training "a success." But the auction will have to seriously improve upon its first night gross of $7,127,000 in Wednesday's second session to equal or surpass last year's total of $16,637,000.
Tuesday night's opening session of the Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training should get off to a fast start.
Keeneland enjoyed near perfect weather for the first under tack show for its sale of 2-year-olds in training on April 10. But the conditions were far from ideal Monday during the second and final preview before Tuesday's auction in Central Kentucky.
The first under tack show for Keeneland's select sale of 2-year-olds in training provided more excitement than South Carolina pinhooker Kip Elser wanted on Monday. But everything turned out for the best.
A memorial service will be held Friday, April 23, at 10 a.m. at the Carolina Cup offices on Springdale Race Course in Camden, S. C. in memory of Christopher Elser, son of horseman Kip Elser.
A Deputy Minister colt named Dean of Students skimmed over the slop at Calder Sunday to post the fastest eighth-mile work during the final under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Claiborne Farm, which announced last year that it would reduce the numbers in its racing stable, plans offer to up to a dozen of its 2-year-olds at public auction in 2002.
An A.P. Indy colt, who is a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Don't Read My Lips, brought the top price of $140,000 Monday during the first session of the Keeneland October yearling sale.
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