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Commentary: By the Numbers

By - Dan Liebman - Usually, if sales of young horses are up, so too are sales of broodmares and broodmare prospects. As this issue devoted to the auction market shows, 2007 was a bit different.

New Buyers Help Japanese Select Sale

A squadron of bold new buyers in the middle market lifted up the Japan Racing Horse Association select sale, keeping the foal portion nearly on pace with last year's scorching record results even though there were fewer players competing for the most expensive horses.

New Sales Agency Formed in Kentucky

Two veteran horsemen and a former chief operation officer of Magna Entertainment have launched a full-service sales agency in Kentucky that will offer select consignments to major public auctions. Crossroads Sales will offer their initial consignments this year at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July and Keeneland September yearling sales.

Continued Upswing at Magic Millions Sale

The end of the tunnel is in sight. Not that those who run Magic Millions want it to be. As day three of the broodmare section of the 14-day long Magic Millions sale on the Gold Coast wound down, new heights were reached yet again.

Barretts Catalog Now Online

The catalog for the 2006 Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training is now online. A total of 378 head have been entered in the sale that will be conductted Tuesday, May 16 in the Hinds Pavilion located on the grounds of Fairplex Park in Pomona, California beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Texcess, Storm Wolf Among Supplements to Barretts Sale

Grade II winner Storm Wolf, 2004 California-bred champion 2-year-old Texcess, and grade II-placed Papa to Kinzie are among 35 horses, including 19 horses of racing age, supplemented to the Barrett Equine 2006 January Winter Mixed Sale.

Wild Fit Confirmed for Fasig-Tipton Mixed Sale

Brewer Racing Stable and Murray Smith, who together this year have campaigned grade I stakes-winning 2-year-old filly Wild Fit, will offer her as a racing prospect Nov. 6 at the Fasig-Tipton mixed sale in Lexington.

Keeneland Pavilion Work Begins

Keeneland has begun work on the expansion and renovation of its sale pavilion. The work, to be done in three phases around the sale calendar, is expected to be completed by next August.

At Mid-Point, Keeneland Sale Surpasses 2003 Total

By the end of the Monday's session of the marathon Keeneland September yearling sale, the gross of $285,579,700 through seven days of selling surpassed the total receipts of $274,125,300 for all 12 sessions in 2003 and was already the second-highest in sale history.

'Bargain' Storm Cat Yearlings Highlight Final Saratoga Sale Session

Yearlings sired by Storm Cat were in demand Thursday night during the third and final session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale in Saratoga Springs, New York. After gross and average price declines during the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions, numbers rose during the final session when compared with the same night one year ago.

Task Force To Study Sales Practices Announced

In a press release issued Friday, The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association said it "will take a lead role" in the formation of a task force to study practices involving Thoroughbred sales as suggested by the Alliance for Industry Reform (AIR).

Between the Lines

By Dan Liebman -- Among the comments heard at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale were two that were neither profound nor lengthy, but nonetheless quite significant. From Patrick Lawley-Wakelin: "People were more prepared this year." From Walt Robertson: "It is a good time to own a horse."

A Happening

By Cot Campbell -- The prime necessary ingredients to attract and retain horse owners are: glamour, recognition, tax benefits, and profit. In that order.

Tattersalls, Goffs Resolve Sale Dates Issues

Following discussions between the two Europea auction companies, Goffs and Tattersalls (Ireland) have agreed to swap the sales dates for the 2003 Goffs Orby and Challenge sale and the Tattersalls (Ireland) September yearling sale.

Adjust Now

By Dan Liebman -- Walking around the Keeneland sale grounds during the September yearling auction, one heard many reasons for the "correction" in the marketplace.

Post-Sale X-Rays Discussed by Aussie, NZ Sale Companies

Two of Australasia's largest bloodstock sales companies, New Zealand Bloodstock and William Inglis & Son, have ruled out post-sale X-rays as the much-anticipated repository system is about to become a reality. But Queensland rival Magic Millions is prepared to entertain X-rays post-sale to determine whether a transaction should stand.

Double Honor Colt Sells for OBSC June Record Price

A record price for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2002 June Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age was established Tuesday when William J. Condren paid $310,000 for College Honor, a colt by Double Honor consigned by Farnsworth Farms.

Stable Market: Non-Select Juvenile Sales in Review

Non-select sales of 2-year-olds in training experienced declines in gross revenue, average price, and median price in 2002. Usually such negative trends are signs of poor economic health. But the losses tended to be minor, and were offset, in part, by a significant decrease in the buy-back rate. In the final analysis, the market for modest juvenile stock this year was fairly stable.

Wednesday Big for Sales

Tattersalls' Breeze-Up Sale and EquineSpectrum's online Mixed Sale both start Wednesday, as do workouts for the upcoming OBS sale.

Capote Filly Has Fastest Time in OBSC Under Tack Show

Yester Morn, a filly by Capote, zipped a quarter-mile in :21 1/5 to post the fastest work at the distance at Saturday's first session of the Under Tack Show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March Sale of selected 2-year-olds in training.

Medication Policies for Juvenile Sales Tightened

Last year, for the first time, all sale companies that conduct major juvenile auctions in Florida, Kentucky, and California tested horses for drugs following pre-sale under tack shows. This year, two companies, Ocala Breeders' Sales (OBS) and Fasig-Tipton, are tightening their medication policies.

From the Print Edition: First Crop Weanling Report

Most commercial breeders peering into a crystal ball in 1999 saw nothing but blue skies. However, as are the rules, planning out two or three years ahead can prove to be a tricky game. Breeders selling weanlings from first-crop sires in 2001 have experienced more than a little turbulence from the time they planned their 2000 matings to when they brought their crop to market at last month's major breeding stock sales.

From the Print Edition: First Crop Weanling Report

Most commercial breeders peering into a crystal ball in 1999 saw nothing but blue skies. However, as are the rules, planning out two or three years ahead can prove to be a tricky game. Breeders selling weanlings from first-crop sires in 2001 have experienced more than a little turbulence from the time they planned their 2000 matings to when they brought their crop to market at last month's major breeding stock sales.

Consignors Group Maps Strategy for 2002

Members of the National Association of Two-Year-Old Consignors met Monday night in Ocala, Fla., to discuss 2002 objectives, review the accomplishments made by the organization in 2001, and to elect new board members.

Consignors Group Maps Strategy for 2002

Members of the National Association of Two-Year-Old Consignors met Monday night in Ocala, Fla., to discuss 2002 objectives, review the accomplishments made by the organization in 2001, and to elect new board members.

Blue Skies?

By Ray Paulick -- The three nights of horse trading that took place at the Saratoga yearling sale were electrifying.

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