The wild bidding spree for fancy horses continued at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale when grade I winner Christmas Kid brought $4.2 million around 12:20 p.m. (EST) during the auction's first session.
Multiple Eclipse Award-winning breeder and owner Frank Stronach struck again just before noon, purchasing the grade I winner Cat Moves for $2.4 million during the first session of the Keeneland November sale.
Weekend Strike, who is in foal to Quality Road, became the highest-priced horse sold so far at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale when she brought $2.3 million.
A weanling Henrythenavigator half sister to 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta (by Street Cry) commanded $1.5 million early during the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Frank Stronach buys her.
The Fasig-Tipton November select mixed sale enjoyed a tidal wave-like surge in business. The gross revenue rose 17% from a year ago even though the number of lots sold declined 11.2%. The average price increased 31.8%.
Grade I winner Funny Moon, who is foal to Indian Charlie and carrying her first offspring, shot into the price lead at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November select mixed sale around 7 p.m. (EST) Nov. 6, bringing $2.3 million.
Bonnie Blue Flag, a stakes-winning 4-year-old in foal to Medaglia d'Oro, was the most expensive horse sold during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November select mixed sale as of 6:30 p.m. (EST). She commanded $1.5 million Nov. 6.
Zaftig, winner of the 2008 Acorn Stakes (gr. I) and in foal to Candy Ride, brought $1.4 million and became the highest-priced horse sold so far during the Fasig-Tipton November select mixed sale.
Pachattack, who finished third in the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, commanded $1.2 million early in the first session of the Fasig-Tipton November select mixed sale in Lexington.
Gilgai Farm, the breeder of undefeated Australian superstar Black Caviar, also is the owner of the weanling half-sister to 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta that is slated to be offered at the Keeneland.
A number of horses competing in the Breeders' Cup World Championships Nov. 4 and 5 at Churchill Downs are scheduled to be shipped to Lexington afterward and offered in auctions.
By every measure, the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale was a resounding success. Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning said Oct. 26 the company had high expectations, and they were exceeded.
A Lemon Drop Kid filly brought the top price of $375,000 during phase I of the dispersal of the late Carl Lizza Jr.'s Flying Zee Stable Oct. 26 at Fasig-Tipton's Newtown Paddocks complex in Lexington.
The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale has a new price leader. An Arch filly brought $260,000 at about 2:30 p.m. EDT during the auction's second session Oct. 25 in Lexington.
A Macho Uno colt commanded $180,000 to become the highest-priced horse sold so far during the second session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale Oct. 24 in Lexington.
After a sizzling opening session Oct. 24, it didn't take the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale long to generate a six-figure price during its second session.
Fasig-Tipton's Kentucky fall yearling sale soared at the start, and company officials expected the market to remain upbeat throughout the auction's three-day run in Lexington.
The 2011 Fasig-Tipton November select mixed sale print catalog contains "QR Code Enhanced Pedigrees." It is the first Thoroughbred sale catalog to ever offer this technology, according to Fasig-Tipton.
Oct. 15 was the big day. Keeneland celebrated its 75th birthday. The track's first race in 1936 was a $1,000 allowance race for 2-year-old fillies.
Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 155 lots for its November select breeding stock sale. The auction will be held Nov. 6, beginning at 4 p.m. (EST), at Fasig-Tipton's Newtown Paddocks complex in Lexington.
View images from the opening weekend at the fall 2011 Keeneland meet. view slideshow
Dramatic upswings in stud fees for 2012 aren't expected, but some successful stallions will be priced higher.
Keeneland has cataloged 3,919 lots for its November breeding stock sale. The number is down 16.5% from last year's total of 4,695.
According to some of the Keeneland September yearling auction's participants, the Keeneland November breeding stock sale should turn in an upbeat performance.
Stories about Thoroughbred auctions focus a lot on key business figures such as gross, average price, and median price. But for sellers, the most important numbers are the ones that show whether or not they made a profit.
The auction is scheduled for Oct. 24-26 in Lexington, with each session beginning at 10 a.m. (EDT).
The Keeneland September yearling sale enjoyed upswings in gross, average price, and median price for the second year in a row. Read what buyers and sellers had to say about the market.
The Keeneland September sale experienced what pinhooker Hoby Kight described as a "feeding frenzy" during its fifth session Sept. 15 in Lexington.
The Keeneland September yearling sale kept the momentum going during its fourth session, continuing to generate numbers that were encouraging to consignors and sale company officials.
Not everybody was shopping for items in the wildly popular new Missoni collection at Target stores Sept. 13. In Lexington, many people were busy buying horses at Keeneland.
Catherine Parke of Valkyre Stud wasn't thinking about an exotic vacation or buying a new car after selling a Bernardini filly for $1.2 million during the third session of the Keeneland September yearling auction.
Business wasn't as brisk the second evening of the Keeneland September yearling sale in Lexington as it was on opening night. But the select portion of the auction still managed to post increases in its key business figures.
Australian Ron Gilbert, owner of Highgrove Stud, a leading commercial Thoroughbred nursery in Queensland, made his initial venture into the American sales market Sept. 12.
Read what people had to say about the opening session of the Keeneland September yearling sale in Lexington.
With domestic buyers, like Benjamin Leon Jr. (shown here), playing aggressively at the top of the market, the Keeneland September yearling sale got off to a promising start Sept. 11 in Lexington.
Here is a list of horses that consignors and buyers believe could bring big prices during the second and final select session Sept. 12 of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Here is a list of horses that could bring expensive prices during the Keeneland September yearling sale's opening session.
Buyers and consignors discuss their expectations for the market at the Keeneland September yearling auction.
While rest of the world worries about the European debt crisis and America's high unemployment rate, horsemen are starting to see signs that the struggling Thoroughbred market is taking a turn for the better.
Videos of horses walking, which were produced by ThoroStride for the Keeneland September yearling sale, are available for viewing at Keeneland's website, www.keeneland.com, and ThoroStride's website, www.thorostride.com.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced July 26 that it will conduct a Pedigree and Conformation Clinic Aug. 8 and a Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar Aug. 11 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Read what some participants in the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling sale had to say about the market.
The stakes-winning mare Richbabe and the Street Sense colt that was by her side brought the top price of $240,000 during the first phase of Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt's dispersal.
"It wasn't spectacular, but it was OK, and that was better than I expected," said consignor Mark Taylor, summing up the performance of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select auction.
Here is a list of the horses that consignors and buyers think could bring expensive prices during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling sale.
The Fasig-Tipton July select yearling auction has fewer horses and is shorter this year. Those are changes that should appeal to both buyers and sellers, according to the company's vice president of sales, Bayne Welker.
Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt, who have been involved in the Thoroughbred business for more than 20 years, will begin dismantling their breeding and racing operation July 12 in Lexington.
A landscaping crew working at Calumet Farm found the body of 48-year-old Linda Witman of Lexington sometime around 9:30 a.m. June 29. The Fayette County coroner's office said the cause of death hasn't been determined.
Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 303 horses for its Kentucky July select yearling sale. The number is down 25.6% from last year's total of 407.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced May 26 that it will hold a Thoroughbred Breeding Clinic Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5 in Lexington.
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