This time last year, the owners of Magic Millions were doing cartwheels as records were being broken left, right, and center. No-one actually saw it, but rumor has it those same owners were down on their hands and knees giving thanks this year as day four of the Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions yearling sale on the Gold Coast in Australia concluded Jan. 9.
The final lot into the ring, a Danehill Dancer colt out of Promising Lady (by Thunder Gulch), topped Friday's session of Tattersalls' October yearling sale when bought by Grove Stud's Brendan Holland for 40,000 guineas.
There were two six-figure transactions Tuesday during the second day of Tattersalls October yearling sale (Part 2) in Newmarket, England.
Hitting the wire Monday after its longest ever run, the Keeneland September yearling sale upped its world record gross for a Thoroughbred auction to $324,904,300.
Shoppers found it tough to buy, and many consignors were happy with the results.
Fasig-Tipton will catalogue a record total of 830 horses for its fall yearling auction Oct. 25 and 26 in Central Kentucky. The figure is up 7.2% from a year ago, when 774 horses were listed.
A daughter of 2003 leading sire A.P. Indy was purchased by William S. Farish for $1.5 million to top Tuesday's first session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
OK, let's be honest. We don't really know what's going to happen until a horse goes into the sale ring and we see if two or three of the biggest buyers want him badly and hook up. But here's a list of some of the colts and fillies that were generating buzz prior to Monday and Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearing sale.
Expectations are running high for the yearling selling season, which kicks off Monday in Central Kentucky with Fasig-Tipton's July auction.
Bolstered by a $1 million yearling (U.S. $671,510), the first day of the New Zealand Premier yearling sale at Karaka showed healthy increases.
The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) is making changes to its Del Mar yearling sale in an effort to upgrade the quality of the horses offered.
Two colts, one by Zuppardo's Prince and one by Just a Cat, brought $30,000 each to top the Sept. 29 yearling auction conducted by the Breeders Sales Co. of Louisiana.
A filly by Intikhab brought the top price of 160,000 euros Thursday during the Goffs Challenge yearling sale in Ireland.
Blandford Bloodstock paid $155,000 for a son of Prized to top Thursday's session of Keeneland's September yearling sale. For the session, Keeneland reported 299 horses sold for $4,066,800, good for an average of $16,946 and a median of $11,000.
Nominations for Fasig-Tipton's Kentucky July select, Saratoga select, and New York-bred preferred yearling sales were "comparable" to last year's figures as of March 12, according to Fasig-Tipton executive Boyd Browning.
Following the two-day Orby sale, there was a lively trade at the one-day Goffs Challenge Sale at Kill, Co Kildare, Ireland, Thursday with a 180,000 euros ($178,173) daughter of French stallion Highest Honor heading the way.
Ireland's yearling auction season made an auspicious start Sept. 24 and 25 when the Tattersalls (Ireland) September select sessions posted record figures, from which graduates qualify for the Breeders' Stakes race, worth 300,000 euros.
By Dan Liebman -- Walking around the Keeneland sale grounds during the September yearling auction, one heard many reasons for the "correction" in the marketplace.
On Thursday, Fasig-Tipton sales official proved they could increase the catalog for the Kentucky select yearling sale without sacrifing quality. The two-day sale offered 37.1% more horses, and the average price still increased over last year.
Gross sales and buy-backs soared for opening day of the two-day Fasig-Tipton Kentucky select yearling sale that began Wednesday.
A Thoroughbred yearling from the Lexington area has died of West Nile Virus. It is the first time this year West Nile has been identified in a horse in Kentucky, according to the state Department of Agriculture's office of the state veterinarian.
Fasig-Tipton announced that its New York-breds sale held just after the Saratoga select sale will expand to two days. The auction will be held in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Aug. 11 and 12.
A smaller catalogue led to a lower gross, but the major indicators were positive for Barretts at its October yearling sale. Held Oct. 2, the auction showed significant gains in average and median.
Seven horses sold for more than $100,000 during Monday's opening session of the two-day Del Mar yearling sale. Last year, five horses sold in this price range for the entire sale. The average price for the first session was $52,918, far above the sale's record average price of $36,798 set in 1999.
Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's selected yearling sale offered enough quality to keep buyers on the grounds until the very last hip. As a result, the sale average climbed 25.5% to $97,671 and the median jumped 27% to $71,000.
A $400,000 Saint Ballado colt is leading the Thursday session of Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's selected yearling sale. The session's top selling filly is a $300,000 daughter of Gulch.
Tik Tik Trinidad, representing Gooree Stud owner Eduardo Cojuangco, went to $1,450,000 ($645,178 U.S.) to buy the sale topper and establish a new filly yearling record at the New Zealand Premier Sale on Thursday.
Sale records were established for the number of horses sold, gross revenue, and average price at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling auction, which ended on Wednesday. In addition, more horses were sold for six-figure prices than ever before.
Coolmore's John Magnier purchased the session topper at opening day of the Goffs Orby yearling sale Tuesday in Ireland, purchasing a Danzig colt for approximately $2,233,000. The colt was sold by Kilcarn Stud and is the third foal out of Alywow, Canada's Horse of the Year in 1994.
The 13-day September yearling sale at Keeneland ended Saturday with sales eclipsing the previous records for gross, average price, and number of horses sold.
The Keeneland July selected yearling sale began on a strong note Monday, July 18.
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