A filly from the second southern crop of Red Ransom topped the Melbourne Premier yearling sale which closed on Tuesday. The 2-day auction in Melbourne, Australia recovered from a quiet first day to post significant overall gains.
William Inglis & Son's San Miguel premier yearling sale in Australia eposted an 18% increase in gross revenue and a 12% upswing in average price during its two sessions.
Four-year-old filly New Economy and local jockey Rosemary Homeister, Jr. teamed up at Calder to take the $200,000 La Prevoyante Handicap (gr. IIT) at 12 furlongs on the turf Saturday, part of the Grand Slam II program.
John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms announced a reduction in the fee for prominent stallion Theatrical
Headed by multiple graded stakes winner Inesperado and the Grade II-winning shipper Mr. Mellon, nine 3-year-old grass runners will head postward Saturday for the 58th running of the $300,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. II).
Vinery Australia consigned the sale-topping bay filly by Red Ransom at the annual Australian select weanling sale in Sydney on May 3. From champion South African filly Tracy's Element was purchased at $300,000 (Australian funds) by Gerry Harvey, a leading electrical goods retailer and co-Magic Millions principal. Harvey also owns Baramul Stud.
Red Masque upset 2-5 favorite Royal Gem to win Wednesday's Forerunner Stakes at Keeneland. The $111,000 race was the first added-money victory for the 3-year-old son of Red Ransom.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club purchased 10 yearling colts at the New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale, which took place at Karaka near Auckland from Jan. 28 to Jan. 30.
The premier portion of the New Zealand national yearling sale series ended on Wednesday with gross revenues of $37,468,340 (approximately $15,849,108 U.S.funds) and an average price of $102,935 ($46,503) for the 364 horses sold. The gross was down by 21.4% and the average was down by 15.6% from last year's comparable figures of $47,666,150 and $122,000, respectively.
Godolphin Racing's China Visit will seek his second consecutive victory in the Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Challenge (UAE-III) at Nad Al Sheba Thursday night, with three stablemates among the challengers.
Tom Simon's Vinery Kentucky released its stallion roster and scheduled fees for the upcoming breeding season. Topping the fees is again Red Ransom, who has a $75,000 fee for next year.
Joe Orseno trainee Perfect Sting rallied through the stretch to win the $250,000 New York Handicap by a head over pacesetter Snow Polina Saturday at Belmont Park.
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