Potential buyers have flocked to Saratoga Springs, N.Y. to examine the 152 horses cataloged in this year's Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale of selected yearlings Aug. 5 and 6. Following are some first session horses turning heads.
- By Ron Mitchell
Reiley McDonald of Eaton Sales discusses the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale. watch video
The Whitney Invitational Handicap and the pleasant 70-degree temperatures were hot conversation topics as potential buyers kept consignors busy in the days leading up to the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale of selected yearlings.
Mary Emily Marshall Taylor, 85, wife of Taylor Made Farm founder Joe Taylor and the mother of Duncan, Ben, Frank, and Mark, who now run the family business, died July 13.
After a strong 2-year-old sales season, Fasig-Tipton Kentucky hopes to build on last year's July sale that saw a 16.3% increase in average price to $81,291 and a 15.1% spike in gross to $15,364,000.
Forestry, sire of 2012 Eclipse Award finalist Shackleford, will shuttle to Claudio Pizarro's Haras El Catorce in Peru.
The demand for quality bloodstock was in full force at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, but the middle and lower markets were soft.
Unbridled's Song, who is just four short of his 100th stakes winner, will stand in 2013 for $60,000.
Esther Marr asks Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning about expectations for the July Sale. watch video
James Weigel feels blessed that a horse he bred, Creative Cause, is scheduled to run in the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I). The 3-year-old son of Giant's Causeway is 12-1 on the morning line.
Major stallion Unbridled's Song will stand in 2012 at the Taylor family's Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., for $85,000 stands and nurses, down from $100,000 in 2011.
Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency explains the importance of the Fasig-Tipton Select Sale in July. Mark also explains the history of Taylor Made's 35th anniversary to Esther Marr. Watch Video
PORTER ON PEDIGREES: The 2011 Preakness Stakes winner gives Forestry a boost the same year the stallion's stud fee dropped to its lowest point. Shackleford also has pedigree ties to Mr. Prospector and Dr. Fager.
Lenny Shulman interviews Jon Court, jockey for Archarcharch. Watch Video
Lenny Shulman interviews Eddie Kenneally, trainer for Santiva. Watch Video
Evan Hammonds reviews works for Uncle Mo, Stay Thirsty, Pants on Fire, Mucho Macho Man, Shackleford, and comments from Todd Pletcher and Mike Repole. Watch Video
Lenny Shulman interviews Rosie Napravnik, jockey for Pants on Fire. Watch Video
Thorn Song, who underwent stem cell therapy after developing laminitis, will enter stud at John C. Harris' Harris Farms near Coalinga, Calif.
The first reported foal by grade II winner Old Fashioned is a colt born Jan. 15 at Destiny Oaks near Ocala, Fla.
Fifth Third Bank has filed a lawsuit against Gulf Coast Farms, North America's fourth-leading breeder for 2010, and related entities alleging they are in default on loans made in 2009 and 2010.
Taylor Made Stallions has set 2011 fees for its roster of stallions, headlined by the fee for prominent sire Unbridled's Song, who will stand for $85,000 payable Nov. 1.
Evan Hammonds discusses the Canadian International Stakes, Joshua Tree, Queen Elizabeth II, and Quality Road. Presented by Taylor Made Stallions. Watch Video
The son of Unbridled's Song won this year's Louisiana Derby (gr. II).
President of Taylor Made Farm and Sales Agency discusses Taylor Made, the Breeders' Cup, the Thoroughbred industry, and the upcoming Fasig-Tipton Kentucky yearling sale (July 13-14).
He is the managing parner of Pedigree Consultants, and his role with that company will remain unchanged.
Graded stakes winner Master Command, who was standing his third year at stud at the Taylor family's Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., was euthanized April 13 following an injury.
Peppers Pride, who holds the modern-day American record for consecutive wins, was bred March 27 to WinStar stallion Distorted Humor.
The first reported foal by Peachtree Stable's world-record setter Red Giant is a filly born Jan. 30 at Clear Creek Stud near Folsom, La.
Third session gross plummets 42.4% while median price plunges 45%.
Gross declines 44.8%, and median drops 25.9% from a year ago.
Breeders and consignors saw a little light at the end of a long, dark financial tunnel during last November's Keeneland sale, and they're hoping the glimmer will get a little brighter during Keeneland's January auction.
Grade I winner Forest Danger has been relocated to Thomas Wente's WinRich Farm near North Vernon, Ind.
Owner of Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla., home of first-crop sire Wildcat Heir who has a record 39 2-year-old winners in his first crop.
Taylor Made Stallions announced its stud fees Nov. 24, with the majority seeing decreases, including a slight reduction for Unbridled's Song.
Eduardo Terrazas' Terrazas Thoroughbreds will be relocating from Elmer Whitaker's Whitaker Farm on Paris Pike near Lexington to the Young family's Overbrook Farm, which ceased operations this year and is nearly finished dispersing its horses.
Goulash, dam of two-time champion Ashado and two other graded stakes winners, was euthanized Sept. 30 because of founder.
Fillies commanded the top two prices of the Sept. 20 session as Keeneland's 14-day September yearling sale approached the halfway point.
Agent John Ferguson bought Hip No. 342, a Storm Cat colt of champion mare Fleet Indian, for $2,050,000, the highest price so far during the first two days of the Keeneland September yearling sale. The colt was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
Multiple graded stakes winner Old Fashioned, who was unbeaten at 2 and won four of six starts, will stand in 2010 at the Taylor family's Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky.
Boosted by the Sheikh Mohammed stimulus package, the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale got off to a sizzling start Aug. 10 in New York at a time when the struggling economy is causing prices to fall at other Thoroughbred auctions. The gross revenue for the 76 horses that sold was $25,470,000, which was a whopping 40.3% increase from the opening session a year ago. The average price grew 10.7% to $335,132, and the median price increased 6.4% to $250,000.
Grade I winner Southern Image, whose first winner won in Mexico, was represented by his initial winner in the United States May 14 at Hollywood Park.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced that it will hold a Thoroughbred Breeding Clinic in Lexington May 29-31.
Grade I winner Forest Danger sired his first winner when his son Recession Buster won May 7 at Golden Gate Fields.
Champion Smarty Jones, whose first foals just turned 3, is the broodmare sire of a filly born Jan. 18 in Pennsylvania.
The final results of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale in Lexington were sobering, with setbacks of 53.4% in gross revenue, 48% in average price, and 44.1% in median price from a year ago. But they weren't anything new to the people who market Thoroughbreds.
Unbridled's Song, who initially was scheduled to stand in 2009 for $150,000 stands and nurses, instead will stand for $125,000 stands and nurses
Graded stakes winner Got the Last Laugh has been retired from racing and will stand at McKathan Brothers Farm near Citra, Fla.
Tony Lacy of Four Star Sales is the new North American representative for Arqana, a Thoroughbred auction firm that is based in France.
The 2009 stud fees for WinStar and Taylor Made/WinStar Venture stallions standing at WinStar Farm, near Versailles, Ky., were announced Nov. 6. In a departure from the general trend of declining stud fees, the fee for Tiznow will rise from $30,000 to $75,000 for 2009.
Taylor Made Farm announced Unbridled's Song will stand in 2009 for the same $150,000 fee that he stood for in 2008.
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