Participants in welfare and safety meeting commit to collecting information about racing's human participants.
Nick Nicholson, the president and CEO of Keeneland, called for the Thoroughbred industry to expand its efforts to protect its participants--both human and equine--from injury.
Regulators got a "respectful challenge" April 12 from James E. "Ted" Bassett III: Ensure the proposed National Racing Compact becomes reality--quickly--and adopt national accreditation standards for stewards.
Rate of return on investment rises to 50.7% even though the financial risk increased.
The buy-back rate for the April 5 juvenile auction drops while the gross and median price increase; average off 5.4%.
Son of Bernardini purchased by Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables.
Trainer John Ward buys him for John Oxley from Eddie Woods, agent.
Birdstone colt brings $310,000; Indian Charlie filly sells for $325,000.
Easter Sunday was a holiday for many people, but buyers and consignors were hard at work at Keeneland getting ready for the sale of 2-year-olds in training. Following is a list of horses they said could bring big prices.
Our Perfect Ten, a daughter of Medaglia d'Oro, missed the Keeneland under-tack show because of a shoeing mishap but got the chance to work April 4, a day before the 2-year-olds in training sale.
The auction will wrap up the select juvenile selling season, which has enjoyed some modest rebounds.
The five 2-year-olds had been purchased at 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale.
Goodeveningofficer is entered in the first race April 3 at the Kentucky track and is scheduled to be offered April 5 in Keeneland's juvenile auction.
Here is a list of standouts in the auction based on workout times, yearling purchase prices, and pedigrees.
On a beautiful spring day, chestnut juvenile works a quarter mile in :20 3/5.
They spent more money to buy their stock as yearlings, so they will need to sell their horses for more money as 2-year-olds.
Auction action also can be viewed on the Internet at Keeneland.com.
Graves is the vice president of recruiting and selections; Welker is the vice president of sales.
Blake Agency's Ron Blake and Lexington-based bloodstock agent Hanzly Albina are combining their business interests and are forming a new company called Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services.
- By Esther Marr
Tom Simon, owner of Vinery Farms near Lexington and Summerfield, Fla., hopes to reward Thoroughbred racing's current fans as well as attract new horse players through a fantasy stable game entitled "DerbyDreamer.com."
Median price holds steady during the auction, which was held Feb. 8 in Lexington.
Sale company officials hopeful the market has stabilized after big downturns in 2009.
Auction, which is scheduled for Feb. 8 in Lexington, has 115 yearlings among its offerings.
Declines in gross and median are less steep than they were in 2009.
Keeneland has scheduled 16 stakes worth $3.65 million for its 2010 spring race meet. There are some minor purse and sponsorship changes for the meet.
Third session gross plummets 42.4% while median price plunges 45%.
Grade I winners Point Ashley and Spoken Fur, both in foal to Ghostzapper, have been sold privately after being scratched from the Jan. 12 second session of the Keeneland horses of all ages sale.
Gross and average rise, but results for overall sale remain down.
Gross declines 44.8%, and median drops 25.9% from a year ago.
Mare was expected to be one of top sellers during Keeneland auction's first session.
Breeders and consignors saw a little light at the end of a long, dark financial tunnel during last November's Keeneland sale, and they're hoping the glimmer will get a little brighter during Keeneland's January auction.
These horses could bring high prices as the Keeneland auction kicks off Jan. 11.
Listed are horses that could bring high prices, based on their pedigrees or horsemen's comments, during the second session of Keeneland's horses of all ages sale.
Grade I winner Student Council, who stands at Ro Parra's Millennium Farms near Lexington, had his first foal hit the ground when a colt was foaled at Millennium Jan. 4.
Keeneland officials hoping demand is solid for short yearlings in January sale.
The 35,000-square-foot structure is 2 1/2 stories tall.
The market for quality stock was pretty solid, according to buyers and consignors participating in the first week of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
High quality stock from the Overbrook Farm dispersal and stronger participation by American buyers at the top of the market boosted the results for the second session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Cotton Blossom, winner of the 2007 Acorn Stakes (gr. I), became the most expensive horse sold so far at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale when she brought $2.3 million during the auction's second session Nov. 11 in Lexington.
Summer Raven, winner of the 2004 Tempted Stakes (gr. III) and in foal to Unbridled's Song, became the first horse to bring seven figures Nov. 11 during the second session of the Keeneland November breeding stock auction in Lexington. Offered around noon (EST), she sold for $1.7 million to Kentucky bloodstock agent Reynolds Bell.
The struggling Thoroughbred marketplace stumbled badly yet again as the Keeneland November breeding stock auction opened its 13-day run in Lexington Nov. 10.
The final bid on Swift Temper was $2,050,000, but it came from her owner, Mark Stanley, so she didn't find a new home Nov. 10 during the opening session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in Lexington. Taylor Made Sales Agency consigned the 5-year-old daughter of Giant's Causeway to the auction for Stanley as a racing or broodmare prospect.
It's a sad good-bye. Bohemia Stable, the successful breeding and racing operation of the late Allaire du Pont, has announced it will completely disperse its horses -- 13 broodmares and weanlings. The horses will be consigned to auction over the next three months with Walnut Green as the agent.
People listening closely to the announcements from the auction stand during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale heard something new during the auction's three-day run (Oct. 26-28) in Lexington. For the first time, Fasig-Tipton told prospective buyers when a horse's stem cells had been collected and stored.
Leonard Lavin's Florida-based Glen Hill Farm was a powerful buying force during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale's second session, which generated a median price that was up 25% from a year ago. The average price fell 4.4% while the gross revenue declined 12.3% Oct. 27 in Lexington.
The news wasn't all bad during the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale Oct. 26 in Lexington. The median price increased 20% from 2008 while the buy-back rate was down significantly. The results also included downturns of 11% in gross revenue and 6.4% in average price, but they weren't nearly as severe as those suffered by many other yearling auctions earlier in 2009.
Fasig-Tipton's Kentucky fall yearling sale isn't as fancy as the company's Saratoga and Kentucky July select auctions, but as a producer of Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brand (gr. I) winners, it stands out. Big Brown, who captured the Run for the Roses in 2008, and Mine That Bird, who scored in the first leg of the Triple Crown this year, both are graduates of the October sale.
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture's Nancy Cox will be one of Kentucky's visionaries and innovators honored at Bluegrass Tomorrow's 20th Anniversary Vision Awards/InnoVision Breakfast Oct. 30 at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington.
Fasig-Tipton, which introduced its virtual catalog concept last year for its Kentucky November select mixed sale, has made a number of technical enhancements since then. The improvements can be seen in the virtual catalog for this year's edition of the November auction, which appears on the sale company's Web site: www.fasigtipton.com.
Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 153 horses for its November select mixed sale, which will be held in Lexington Nov. 10, beginning at 5 p.m. The number is down 18.6% from last year's total of 188.
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