With rising stud fees, will breeders pay up?
The Keeneland November sale's eighth day Nov. 9 ended lower despite selling 11 six-figure horses, but the 12-day auction still remained ahead of 2014's numbers overall.
Led by a $370,000 broodmare who's a half sister to champion and sire Bernardini, Keeneland's November breeding stock sale showed losses on day 6, but the sale continues to outpace 2014's returns.
Stonestreet buys $320,000 Emerald Gal and a $260,000 Curlin colt at Keeneland November's fifth session, which posted declines even as the 12-day auction's overall figures remained ahead of last year's sale.
New York farm stands state's leading 2-year-old sire Giant Surprise and adds new stallions Micromanage and Midas Touch for 2016.
Gainesway Farm announced Thursday, Nov. 5 that Tapit, well on his way to a second straight season as leading sire, will again stand for $300,000 in 2016.
Royal Obsession, a former $1 million yearling offered in the Regis Farms dispersal, topped Keeneland November's third session on a $1.15 million bid from Stonestreet. The day saw gains across the board, but RNAs were higher.
The unraced 2-year-old Tapit filly Royal Obsession was sold for $1.15 million to Stonestreet Stables from the Regis Farms dispersal Nov. 4 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Robert Evans' Tonalist, fifth in the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), will likely start next in the Nov. 28 Cigar Mile (gr. I). Also, a deal in 2014 for Lane's End to acquire an interest in the colt has been canceled.
A bay daughter of Tapit, produced from the millionaire Medaglia d'Oro mare Marketing Mix, was purchased by Shadwell Estate for $1.1 million at the second session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 3.
Keeneland's 12-day November breeding stock auction's opening session, topped by DATTT Farm's $2.2 million purchase of Hard Not to Like, saw across-the-board increases Nov. 2 but also a higher buyback rate.
Two mares in foal to Tapit were the first to sell for seven figures during the early portion of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 2, with Colonial Flag going for $1.6 million and Comedy bringing $1.5 million.
Grade 1 winner Angela Renee, a full sister to To Honor and Serve, topped Fasig-Tipton's November sale on a $3 million bid from Don Alberto at a session that saw fewer million-dollar lots as median and buybacks rose.
The 6-year-old Street Sense mare Aubby K, in foal to Tapit, sold to Summer Wind Farm for $2.4 million at the Fasig-Tipton November sale Nov. 1.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Stephanie's Kitten, winner of the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), failed to sell at the Fasig-Tipton November sale Nov. 1 for the second consecutive year.
Grade I winner Let Faith Arise, offered in foal to leading sire Tapit, was the first horse to crack the seven-figure barrier at the Fasig-Tipton November sale Nov. 1, selling to $2.1 million to Marie Jones.
A weanling colt by Tapit out of grade I winner Aubby K brought $600,000 to top the early action at the Fasig-Tipton November sale in Lexington Nov. 1.
B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm has acquired Tapit's grade I-performing son Normandy Invasion, who will stand in 2016 at Keane Stud in Amenia, N.Y.
Last-out Monmouth Oaks (gr. III) winner Delightful Joy will look for her second straight graded victory in the $200,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III) Oct. 30 at Belmont Park.
WinStar Farm's and Twin Creeks Racing's multiple grade I winner Constitution has been retired to stud at WinStar for 2016. The son of Tapit will stand for a fee of $25,000 stands and nurses.
The last two winners of the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) have run well in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I); the connections of Frosted would love to see that trend continue.
While Tepin didn't blaze in her final workout before facing males in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), trainer Mark Casse was pleased with the 4-year-old filly's half-mile breeze Oct. 23 at Churchill Downs.
- By Ian Tapp
Ian Tapp recaps the October Yearling Sale and compares to the 2014 sale results. Listen to thoughts by Freddy Seitz, Frankie O'Connor and Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency watch video
Led by a $410,000 Tapit colt, Fasig-Tipton's expanded October sale ended with slightly lower gross and average and an 18.9% drop in median amid consignors' concerns over broader yearling market polarization.
Frosted is a son of Tapit, the first sire from the Seattle Slew line to benefit consistently from inbreeding to Seattle Slew.
Normandy Invasion, a multiple graded stakes-placed son of Tapit, has been retired. He ran fourth in Orb's 2013 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
In a rare matchup of Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winners, Winchell Thoroughbreds' Untapable and Brereton Jones' Lovely Maria were entered Thursday as part of a field of nine fillies and mares for the 60th Spinster.
After rallying from seventh to win her stakes debut in the Pocahontas Stakes (gr. II) Sept. 12 at Churchill Downs, Dothraki Queen will try for a victory at the highest level Friday, Oct. 2 in the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades.
- By Ian Tapp
Ian Tapp recaps the 2015 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, including a review of the numbers and comments from Bill Thomason, President and Chief Executive Officer of Keeneland. Watch Video
Keeneland's 12-day September yearling sale ended Sept. 26 in Lexington with results that revealed a market similar to 2014's.
Tapit colt stars at Keeneland September and more in the September 26, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse magazine.
Upper-level buyers stayed in Lexington Friday as Keeneland's 12-day September yearling sale rolled into its second week and the premier Book 1 sessions gave way to Book 2.
A colt from the first crop of grade I winner The Factor sold for $600,000 Sept. 18 at the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Braxton Lynch signed the ticket for the first Book 2 Tapit to enter the ring Sept. 18 at the Keeneland September yearling sale, as Session 4 of the sale got off to a solid start.
Pope outdueled trainer Bob Baffert for the $2.1 million session-topper, currently the auction's highest price with nine sessions to go, while Gainesway Farm and Tapit led the day.
War Front-Betterbetterbetter filly kicks off Keeneland September sale and more in the September 19, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse magazine.
Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm went to $2.1 million to land a Tapit colt about midway through the third session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 16 in Lexington, the highest price paid so far at the sale.
Roy and Gretchen Jackson's Lael Stables went to $1.65 million to land a chestnut colt out of Pure Clan consigned by Gainesway.
Tapiture, Winchell Thoroughbreds' multiple grade II-winning son Tapit, will stand at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington following the 2015 racing season.
Keeneland's September yearling sale begins Sept. 14 with a six-book catalog of 4,164 yearlings. Sellers and sale company are optimistic ahead of Book 1's three-day run.
The Tapit mare finally found her graded victory, and did so in course record time Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course, taking the 1 3/8-mile turf test in 2:11.46.
Ironicus, who has an electrifying late kick, will have to catch front-running Constitution, who makes his turf bow and first start since the Donn Handicap (gr. I) in the Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) Sept. 7 at the Spa.
Stopchargingmaria and champion Untapable were one-two in the Aug. 2 Shuvee Stakes (gr. III) at Saratoga. They meet again at the same nine-furlong trip Aug. 29 in the $750,000 Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I).
Delightful Joy brought smiles to the faces of her connections in her stakes debut on Saturday, Aug. 22, using a powerful stretch run to score a clear victory in the $100,000 Monmouth Oaks (gr. III) at Monmouth Park.
On Aug. 20, tightening the screws for an upcoming run in the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes (gr. I), the 3-year-old son of Tapit got down to business under jockey Joel Rosario with a five-furlong bullet move in :59.59 at Saratoga.
Two-year-old filly Tap to It overcame some difficulty in capturing her career debut Aug. 16 at Saratoga Race Course, pleasing trainer Ralph Nicks and stamping herself as a candidate for the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) next month.
Just Wicked was content to let Tonasah set the pace in the $200,000 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 15 at Saratoga Race Course, but when it came down to a stirring stretch duel, the 2-year-old Tapit filly would not be denied.
Frosted returned to the track Aug. 14 for his first serious work since running second in the Aug. 1 Jim Dandy (gr. II) at Saratoga, breezing 4f in :51.25 on the main track in preparation for the Aug. 29 Travers (gr. I).
Decked Out, with a pair of 91 Equibase Speed Figures under her belt, holds the experience edge in Saratoga's Aug. 15 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-old fillies.
Glenye Cain Oakford looks at a solid Saratoga select yearling market, an expensive pinhook prospect, and Doc's Leader's legacy in the Hurstland Farm consignment.
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