Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation hoping sponsorship helps attract mares.
Nearly four months to the day after Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum's Darley Japan operation earned a rare license to compete on the exclusive Japan Racing Association circuit, the privilege was lost at the end of November.
An electric day's trade in Newmarket at the December Sale yesterday produced an aggregate of over 36 million gns ($70,718,740), the highest turnover ever seen in a day at a European bloodstock auction with no less than three lots making 3 million gns ($5.89 million) or more.
English champion Playful Act shattered the world record for a broodmare or broodmare prospect sold at public auction when her price soared to $10.5 million Nov. 5 on the opening day of the Keeneland breeding stock sale.
- By Ron Mitchell
Agent John Ferguson, who did not make any purchases at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky selected mixed sale, emerged as the leading buyer this year with four horses purchased for a total of $15,750,000.
Round Pond, at $5.75 million, helps the Fasig-Tipton November select mixed sale post sizable increases in its average and median price.
- By Ron Mitchell
Efforts by officials of Fasig-Tipton Kentucky to attract top young race fillies paid off with the Nov. 4 mixed sale getting the fall auction season off to a good start.
French and English group winner Echo of Light has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Sheikh Mohammed's Dalham Hall Stud near Newmarket, England.
Street Sense, this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner and the previous year's 2-year-old male champion, will enter stud for $75,000 at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley near Lexington.
The "Racing Post," Great Britain's daily racing paper, has been bought as expected by an Irish private equity investment firm, but the price of Â£170 million ($340 million) is less than owner Trinity Mirror had hoped for.
Television coverage of racing in Great Britain seems safeguarded for at least the next two years following the announcement that Channel 4 is in exclusive negotiations about sponsorship with Dubai Holding, whose chairman is leading owner/breeder Sheikh Mohammed.
Baron Georg von Ullmann's French champion Manduro was retired from racing after showing signs of lameness shortly after winning the Sept. 16 Prix Foy Gray d'Albion Barriere (Fr-II).
McCartney soared to the top of the charts with a runaway victory in the Urban-I Champagne Stakes (Eng-II) at Doncaster Sept. 15.
Brian Graves, director of public sales for Gainesway, said the market was good through the Keeneland September yearling sale's first four days, and he looks for it to be strong and more consistent over the weekend and early next week.
The select market at the Keeneland September yearling sale isn't as strong at the top as it was a year ago.
For the first time this year, Sheikh Mohammed and Coolmore hooked up in a bidding battle for an outstanding looking son of Dynaformer at the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale.
A pair of striking sons of A.P. Indy are leading the early portion of the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale which kicked off its 15-day run Sept. 10 in Central Kentucky.
Saleh Al Homeizi and Imad Al Sagar, who race Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) Authorized, hope to find more successful runners at the Keeneland September yearling auction.
Fresh on the heels of adding grade I winner Any Given Saturday to its growing list of stars, Sheikh Mohammed's Darley has purchased a number of shares in Any Given Saturday's sire, Distorted Humor.
Group III-winning juvenile Fast Company has been sold by Earle I. Mack to Darley for an undisclosed price, it was confirmed Aug. 29.
Authorized turned the tables on his older rivals with a dominating performance in the Juddmonte International Stakes (Eng-I) at York August 21.
- By Ron Mitchell
Agent John Ferguson, representing Sheikh Mohammed, dominated Monday's first session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale, which saw double-digit drops in average and median prices.
A United States federal judge dismissed a lawsuit July 30 seeking damages from two United Arab Emirates leaders for the use of thousands of children to ride racing camels, saying the case does not belong in U.S. courts.
Admire Moon, winner of group I races this year in Japan and Dubai, has been sold by owner Riichi Kondo to Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin for a reported $33 million.
Darley Flying Start students concluded their time in Kentucky by holding debates at the fourth Darley Flying Start Conference at Keeneland Race Course July 18.
Lightly raced Silkwood, who had just three lifetime starts to her credit, ran away with the 12 furlong Ribblesdale Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot on Thursday.
Sheikh Mohammed's Darley has bought Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) winner Authorized as a future stallion.
Frankie Dettori captured his third Classic win in just over a week when the lightly-raced West Wind powered her way to an authoritative 1 1/2-length victory in the Prix de Diane Hermes (Fr-I) at Chantilly on Sunday.
Two-time champion Ashado, who sold for a world record $9 million, produced her first foal, a Storm Cat colt, March 18.
Tattersalls' 2007 Craven Breeze-Up Sale failed to keep pace with the 2006 renewal, falling by 20% with its 8.636 million guineas turnover. The clearance rate of 63% was also off when compared with 84% 12 months ago.
William Inglis & Son's Easter yearling sale, which ended Thursday in Australia, generated a series of all-time highs during its three-session run.
Officials with the Dubai Racing Club on Saturday officially outlined the plans for the new Meydan Racecourse that will replace Nad al Sheba racecourse, which presented its Dubai World Cup card for the 12th time Saturday.
El Oficial, a sturdy, muscle-bound colt with a lot of bone and a gleaming bay colt, sold for $1.4 million Tuesday to top the Barretts March sale of 2-year-olds in training.
There is uncertainty in the select juvenile marketplace heading into Tuesday's Barretts March sale in Southern California. The OBS February and Fasig-Tipton Florida auctions produced mixed results, making people wonder if the unprecedented growth of recent years might be coming to an end.
Goffs managing director Matt Mitchell expressed pleasure as the Irish bloodstock company's first Kempton Park Racecourse breeze-up sale generated over £2 million (pounds) in business with an average of £31,908.
The Thoroughbred industry's buying titans -- Coolmore Stud and Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation -- didn't clash Tuesday during Fasig-Tipton's select sale of 2-year-olds in training, and the lack of a major bidding war was reflected in the final statistics for the South Florida auction.
Smoke'n Coal sold for the top price of $550,000 to Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. February select sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida.
How good was Bernardini in 2006? Good enough to make The Blood-Horse cover six times.
For the first time in the history of the Eclipse Awards, there is a tie for outstanding owner of the year as Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stable ties with Roy and Gretchen Jackson's Lael Stables for outstanding owner with 110 votes apiece.
Shekih Mohammed's Darley operation has purchased a 106-acre farm adjacent to Saratoga Racecourse from Robert and Janice McNairs' Stonerside Stable for $17.4 million.
Champion horse trainer Gai Waterhouse completely stunned everyone in the packed auditorium when she opened and closed the bidding on a Sadler's Wells colt at Aust$2million (U.S. $1,560,000) as session two of the Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions yearling sale in Australia ended on Friday.
Michael Goodbody, who recently took on the role of president of the British Thoroughbred Breeders' Association after 25 years managing the late Maktoum Al Maktoum's Gainsborough breeding operation, backed calls for greater integrity in bloodstock dealings during the TBA's annual dinner Jan. 9.
A total of 465 horses have been entered at the yearling stage for the 2008 Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I), according to the early nominations released Wednesday, Dec. 13.
Dubai Escapade, who was scheduled to run in the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), has been retired instead.
Sheikh Mohammed has entered into an agreement to purchase 2005 John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Shirocco from breeder/owner Baron Georg von Ullmann and will stand the 5-year-old son of Monsun at his Dalham Hall Stud near Newmarket, England.
Bernardini once again effortlessly won a grade I race, galloping home over three opponents Saturday in Belmont Park's Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I).
Trade on day three of Tattersalls' October yearling sale in England failed to match the 2005 levels when the turnover of 12,308,000 guineas fell 24% and the average price of 109,893 guineas dipped by 12%.
There was no six-figure transaction Wednesday, but the results were more solid during the second session of the Tattersalls October yearling sale in England.
Day one of Tattersalls' October sale in England produced a 122,701 guineas average, up by 2% from 2005, and an 80,000 guineas median, up by 19%.
The picture for the Breeders' Cup World Championships did not take on any new vibrant colors over the weekend, only the two "wow" performances by horses who were expected to do so, one of whom likely will not be competing at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.
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