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Twice as Hot as Cambina and Nereid Dead-Heat

Twice as Hot as Cambina and Nereid Dead-Heat

PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
The most thrilling finish to a major stakes in the U.S. during the July 16 weekend came in the American Oaks, when little more than a length separated five of the six-horse field.

Belmont Dudes: Ernie and Bernie Hit New York

Belmont Dudes: Ernie and Bernie Hit New York

Soaking in the atmosphere at the track before the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), Ernie Moody and Bernie Schiappia were on the apron the morning of June 4, hanging out with Bob Baffert, who trains their colt Game On Dude.

Keeneland Gross, Average, Median Fall

Keeneland Gross, Average, Median Fall

Keeneland's sale of 2-year-olds in training, like just about every other Thoroughbred auction in recent memory, generated results that lagged well behind the previous year's statistics. The gross revenue for the two-day sale, which ended the evening of April 7 in Lexington, dropped 27.6% while the average price declined 15.5%. The median price fell 21.7%.

Afleet Alex's September Yearlings Shine

Afleet Alex's September Yearlings Shine

The huge Keeneland September auction provided the yearling selling season's biggest and stiffest test of the commercial appeal of new stallions' progeny. Because many young sires had a large number of offspring offered, their success depended less on a few carefully-selected top individuals and more on their ability to pass along good conformation consistently to their offspring.

Keeneland Third Session Numbers Solid

Keeneland Third Session Numbers Solid

No horses inspired buyers to pay dazzling seven-figure amounts during the third day of the Keeeneland September yearling sale in Lexington. But some of the results for the auction's first open session were encouraging after significant downturns during the two select sessions that kicked off the sale.

Demand for Weanlings Shapes Market

Demand for Weanlings Shapes Market

High demand put several weanlings at the high end of the Keeneland November market. The highest-priced weanling sold was a Pulpit filly that brought $1.7 million. The only two Kingmambo weanlings in the sale brought the second- and third-highest prices of $950,000 (the top weanling colt) and $850,000.

First Foals for Three Lane's End Stallions

The first reported foals sired by Mingun, the group III-winning son of A.P. Indy and Miesque, arrived on Jan. 26, according to William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm. The first foals of multiple grade I winner Rock Hard Ten and 2003 Canadian Horse of the Year and Triple Crown winner Wando were also reported.

Rock Hard Ten to Stand at Lane's End for $50,000

Rock Hard Ten, a multiple grade I winner and impressive winner of the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Oak Tree Oct. 1 in what would be his final race, will stand the 2006 breeding season at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky. The son of the late leading sire Kris S. will stand for $50,000 it was announced Friday morning.

Countdown to the Cup: And They're Off!

The battle lines have been drawn for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships and it is now time to plot strategy and assess the competition. And nowhere will that place with more intensity than in the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I).

Countdown to the Cup: Blowout by Borrego

It was a weekend that helped shape the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I), Emirates Airline Distaff (gr. I), and John Deere Turf (gr. IT). Of course, no big weekend at Belmont Park this fall would be complete without a controversy surrounding the use of pacesetters.

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