With a yearling auction season all but over, and one that delivered a sharp dose of economic reality, industry eyes will be fixed on the upcoming Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. fall mixed sale, the unofficial annual kick-off to the campaign of selling of broodmares and weanlings.
A day after the stock market dropped more than 700 points, California held its major yearling sale of 2008, making a tough market even more difficult.
Tattersalls Ireland's two-day yearling sale ended significantly down at the close of business Sept. 24.
Doncaster's two-part St Leger festival sale concluded Sept. 11 with figures below those of the 2007 numbers.
Keeneland director of sales Geoffrey Russell is taking two straight days of declines in the 2008 September yearling sale in stride by saying it is just a factor of the economic world we are living in today. "This establishes what the market is," Russell said at the close of the Sept. 9 session. "Everybody is here and they have now set the table. This is what the world is today, and they have established the value of these horses."
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. August yearling sale ended its four-day run Aug. 21 with figures more in line with last year's, as compared to the previous sessions, which had brought numbers considerably lower than 2007's comparable sessions.
Keeneland has cataloged a record 5,555 yearlings for its 2008 September yearling sale, which is scheduled for Sept. 8-23.
A total of 506 horses have been cataloged for the Fasig-Tipton Texas summer yearling sale at Lone Star Park, Texas, which is scheduled for Aug. 25-26.
A.P. Magic, a $2.3 million graduate of the Keeneland September yearling sale, came back from an injury thought to be career-ending when he broke his maiden at Calder Race Course May 3.
A Sadler's Wells colt tops Tattersalls December yearling sale as gross and average decline.
Part three of the Tattersalls October yearling sale ended Oct. 20 with a session lasting less than two hours that featured a top price of only 15,000 guineas and a clearance rate of 39%.
- By Mark Popham
There are 1,285 lots cataloged for parts two and three of the Tattersalls' October yearling sale, which starts Oct. 16 in Newmarket, England.
The world-record price for a yearling filly was shattered by a Sadler's Wells filly Oct. 12 during book one of the Tattersalls October yearling sale.
A Gone West colt topped the second session of the Tattersalls October yearling sale Oct. 10, selling for more than $2 million in England.
A filly by Horse Chestnut brought $40,000 to top the Oct. 1 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Sale fall yearling auction.
A daughter of Harlan's Holiday brought $105,000 as the top purchase during the 12th day of Keeneland's September yearling sale as the Sept. 22 session saw an increase in gross, average, and median.
A handsome son of Johannesburg brought $1 million as the top purchase during the Sept. 15 session of Keeneland's September yearling sale for a racing partnership that includes owners Jim Scatuorchio and Michael Tabor, as the session's gross, average, and median all posted modest gains.
Gross and average both drop more than 20% at the opening session of the Keeneland September yearling sale. The top price was $2.9 million for a half-brother to Pulpit by Dynaformer.
Some yearling buyers are flexible about how much they spend and where they spend it; others have strict guidelines.
No less than 18 individual horses that have won a grade- or group-I race in 2007 went through the Keeneland September sale.
First day of the Tattersalls Ireland September sale declines. Top lot is Danehill Dancer filly bought for $204,506.
The opening two days of the Keeneland September yearling sale are scheduled to be broadcast live by both HRTV and Racing World, and on a selected tape-delay basis by TVG.
The first major yearling sale in Europe begins Aug. 17 in the coastal French village of Deauville, where 512 horses have been entered. The first two days of the four-day sale are select sessions.
A colt by Posse out of the Phone Trick mare Reverse the Call brought $200,000 to top session one of Fasig-Tipton's Preferred New York-bred Yearling Sale in Saratoga Springs Aug. 10, where the average, gross, and median were all up.
Last night at Fasig-Tipton's preferred sale of New York-breds, Nancy Purcell and Pat Crampton leaned on the rail outside the walking ring and eyeballed hip number 342.
- By Ryan Conley
Fewer than half the 17 horses previously sold at auction produced a resale profit after going through the sale ring at the Aug. 6 opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling auction.
- By Ryan Conley
David Mueller knows all about flying high, so he was pleased to see a horse he bred soar among the top prices realized in the Aug. 6 opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale.
Despite the sharp decline realized in the stock market the last couple of weeks, horsemen readying for the Aug. 6-7 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale aren't particularly worried about its effects on purchasing at the auction at least for now.
Buyers have different routines when looking at yearlings, and consignors keep those individual preferences in mind when showing horses.
Premier Australian trainer Gai Waterhouse spent $3million (U.S. $2,476,000) for a handsome half-brother to European superstar Holy Roman Emperor during the second session of William Inglis & Son's Australian Easter yearling sale Wednesday night in Sydney.
The top of the market was up, the middle market increased, and now the bottom end of the Keeneland September sale is showing signs of intense strength.
The Keeneland September yearling sale kept rocking along Monday as the trickle-down theory associated with the lengthy auction continued to be proven right on target.
The pace of the 2006 Keeneland September yearling remained brisk Tuesday with the buying power of Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai leading the way. A new September sale record price of $11.7 million was established along with an all-time high for a session average.
People are talking favorably about a lot of different horses at the Keeneland September yearling auction. Some say the sale topper might even come in the first session rather than in the second, where it usually is.
A colt from the first crop of High Chaparral set a record for Tattersalls Ireland's September yearling sale when bought for 225,000 euros by jockey John Egan on behalf of owner Willie McKay.
Coverage of the first two days of Keeneland's September yearling sale, the September 11 and 12 select sessions, will be broadcast live in the United States by HorseRacing TV (HRTV) and on a tape-delayed basis by TVG.
The 2006 Deauville sale ended Aug. 21, with a better set of figures compared to a year ago when there were decreases all round.
Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell topped Friday's opening trading at Deauville's August yearling sale when paying 750,000 euros for a blue-blooded German-bred daughter of Monsun.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. (OBS) yearling auction, which begins its five-day run Monday in Central Florida, will provide a good test for the middle and lower levels of the market.
Fasig-Tipton officials are hoping that the law of supply and demand works in their favor during the Kentucky select yearling sale scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at the conpany's Newtown Paddocks near Lexington.
Just about every keen judge of horseflesh in Australia got it wrong as the curtain fell on the main sessions at Adelaide's Magic Millions Yearling Sale Thursday in Australia.
This time last year, South Australian trainer Mark Kavanagh was allowed to spend $380,000 of someone else's money. He ended up buying the top lot at the Adelaide Magic Millions yearling sale.
A record bid by a relative unknown highlighted day one of the massive Magic Millions yearling sale on the Gold Coast in Australia.
Sheikh Hamdan again led the way on the middle day of Goffs' Orby Million Sale in Co Kildare, Ireland, Tuesday when paying 1.8 million euros for a U.S.-bred son of Kingmambo consigned via Ciaran Conroy's Co Tipperary-based Glenvale Stud.
With only five days to go, the Keeneland yearling sale is showing no signs of winding down. Wednesday's session nine saw double-digit gains in all categories compared to the same session last year.
After a dazzling start to the second phase of Keeneland's September yearling sale Saturday, the trend continued Sunday as numbers eclipsed last year's figures in all categories.
A day after the third-highest price ever recorded for a yearling sold at public auction, things were much calmer at Wednesday's session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. But there was a $1-million horse sold and the gross and average were up.
The first October yearling sale conducted jointly by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) and Barretts will have 323 yearlings.
The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling sale posted first-session results for revenue and average Monday that didn't change dramatically from 2004's figures, but the buy-back rate rose sharply.
She used to be known as the "Bag Lady" at the Kentucky sales because she catered lunches for barn help. But Monday at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky select yearling auction, Rosilyn Polan was rolling in dough.
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