Keeneland's January sale featured a robust upper market in Book 1, but that didn't prevent declines in average and median at the end of the five-day auction, which saw a continuation of 2015's finicky market.
Virginia Kraft Payson sprang for three horses from the Sarah J. Leigh estate's dispersal, including session-topper Summer Solo for $700,000, to boost Keeneland January's opening session.
Grade I-winning miler Jack Milton will enter stud at Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm in Kentucky for the 2016 season, where he will stand for a published fee of $6,500.
Topped by $6 million Take Charge Brandi and a record $3.2 million War Front--Take Charge Lady filly in Book 1, Keeneland's November breeding stock sale ended Nov. 13 with gross and average up but a 14.3% decline in median.
For the third year in a row, Gainesway's Tapit leads all North American sires by Comparable Index (CI) of mares bred.
With rising stud fees, will breeders pay up?
The Keeneland November breeding stock sale's Book 1 ends with champion Take Charge Brandi sold for $6 million and a record $3.2 million weanling as upper-market bidding pushes Book 1 to across-the-board increases.
A North American record for a weanling sold at public auction was set when Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm went to $3.2 million to purchase a War Front filly Nov. 3 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
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.
Got Lucky, winner of the Juddmonte Spinster (gr. I) last month at Keeneland, has been retired and will join the broodmare band at Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington.
Evelyn Stockwell's Hit It a Bomb, last of 14 at the midpoint of the race, found room in the lane and surged late to win the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) Oct. 30 at Keeneland.
Summer Front, a multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire by leading sire War Front, has been retired to Brereton and Elizabeth Jones' Airdrie Stud.
Top miler Jack Milton, currently the leading U.S. turf earner for his sire War Front, has been retired and will be offered as a stallion prospect at Fasig-Tipton's mixed sale in Lexington on Nov. 1.
Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Lea, a grade I winner and earner of $2,182,398, will be retired following the upcoming Breeders' Cup World Championships and be retired to Claiborne Farm for the 2016 breeding season.
Topped by a Street Cry filly, Book 1 of the Tattersalls October yearling sale in Newmarket, England, concluded Oct. 8 with record gross receipts for the three-day auction.
War Dancer has faced the best of the older turf division all summer and takes a drop in class Oct. 10 in the nine-furlong Knickerbocker Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park.
Keeneland's 12-day September yearling sale ended Sept. 26 in Lexington with results that revealed a market similar to 2014's.
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.
Sire War Front continued to thrive at the Keeneland September yearling sale when David Ingordo, agent, went to $1 million to land one of his progeny in the third session Sept. 16 in Lexington.
Hideyuki Mori went to $900,000 for a War Front colt out of Satans Quick Chick at the Keeneland September yearling sale.
A War Front colt helped get things going at the third day of the Keeneland September yearling sale Wednesday, Sept. 16 in Lexington, when M.V. Magnier went to $1,150,000 to land the dark bay or brown colt.
Evan Hammonds recaps the Keeneland September Sale session 1. Also hear thoughts on the market and book 1 format from Geoffrey Russell. Mandy Pope and John Ferguson also share thoughts. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency watch video
Mandy Pope switches roles from buyer to seller of million-dollar sales, selling a War Front--Betterbetterbetter filly for $1.45 million on opening day of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Shadwell Estate Co. bought a War Front filly for $1.45 million on day one of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
A War Front filly sold to R.S. Evans for $1 million, the first seven-figure price on opening day of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 14 in Lexington.
Order of St George capped a group I triple for Coolmore and associates Sept. 13 at the Curragh in winning the Irish St. Leger (Ire-I), but the race was marred by the fatal breakdown of last year's winner Brown Panther.
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.
Glenye Cain Oakford looks at some of the opening session's sire results, recent commercial acceptance of turf-oriented pedigrees, and talks to Dr. Kendall Hansen as champion Hansen's first yearlings head for the ring.
A selection of notable yearlings to watch at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select sale's Aug. 11 session, which closes out two days of selling.
Denali Stud sells this War Front filly the first day of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale. Sponsored by Taylor Made Stallions
Yearling market players expect strong selling at Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga select yearling auction, which opens Monday on the back of broadly positive returns at the company's bellwether July select sale.
A sampling of horses to watch at Monday night's opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling auction.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien's Air Force Blue, a Kentucky-bred son of War Front, turned the tables on familiar rival Buratino and won the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (Ire-I) for 2-year-olds Aug. 9 at the Curragh.
Tattersalls has cataloged 513 lots, including 18 from the first crop of champion Frankel, to Book 1 of the October yearling sale in Newmarket, England, Oct. 6-8.
Keeneland announced July 30 that 4,164 yearlings have been cataloged for its September yearling sale. The 12-day auction runs Sept. 14-26 and offers a new, three-session format for Book 1.
Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga select yearling sale sometimes draws a few entrants from overseas, but few yearlings have traveled as far as Hip 95, which was bred in Korea, did to get into the 2015 auction's catalog
Some positive economic indicators have Fasig-Tipton July participants expecting a robust market for select yearlings as the season's first major auction is set for July 9 in Lexington.
The 2010 Horse of the Year is carrying her fourth foal after taking a full year off from breeding following her last pregnancy.
Three Chimneys stallion Exchange Rate gets a pair of graded stakes winners at Keeneland April 11-12 and has a pair of 2-year-olds sell for $350,000 and $190,000 at the Tattersalls breeze-up sale in England.
A colt by War Front sold for 850,000 guineas (just more than US$1.3 million) on the second night of the Tattersalls Craven breeze-up sale April 16 in Newmarket, England.
The catalog for the Tattersalls Guineas breeze-up and horses in training sale is available online at www.tattersalls.com.
Racing lore says that a good, big horse can beat a good, little horse, or wait, is it the other way around?
After torrential rain washed away the $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Swale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 28, grade I winner Daredevil looks set to remain in the field when the rescheduled race runs March 7.
Prohibitive favorite The Great War appears to have bigger battles ahead after winning for fun in his 3-year-old debut Jan. 31 in the $75,000 96ROCK Stakes under the lights at Turfway Park.
Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale, topped by $2.2 million mare Up, closed Jan. 15 with across-the-board declines in a year that featured no major dispersals.
Ian Tapp recaps Day 2 of the Keeneland January sale, including comments from Frank Taylor about session-topper Up, and from Katey Caddel of Solis/Litt Bloodstock regarding $800,000 War Front filly out of Up. Watch Video
Irish-bred Up and her yearling War Front filly bring $2.2 million and $800,000, respectively, at Keeneland January's second session, where average eked out an increase but median fell.
- By Ron Mitchell
Kerry Cauthen of Four Star Sales talks about his Keeneland consignment that includes group winner Up. Up is by international star Galileo and is in foal to War Front. watch video
Keeneland's 11-day November breeding stock auction ended Nov. 14 with a record-equaling median and gains in gross sales and average price for a market the sales company characterized as "vibrant."
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