Juddmonte Farms' unbeaten champion Frankel reached an important milestone as a freshman sire July 23 when his daughter Fair Eva won the Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes (Eng-III) at Ascot, providing him with his first stakes winner.
Grade I winner Stormy Lucy, who topped the Fasig-Tipton July selected horses of racing age sale July 11 when she sold for $575,000, will be bred to Frankel on Southern Hemisphere breeding time this year.
Colt's next start is June 18 during Royal Ascot
Cunco wins by nearly a length over six challengers
Three strong days of selling at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter yearling sale concluded April 7 with a son of Redoute's Choice out of South African champion National Colour selling for Aus$1.75 million (about US$1,323,300).
The first yearling sired by European Horse of the Year Frankel to be auctioned in the Southern Hemisphere was sold for NZ$1.3 million (US$843,232) during the Jan. 26 final day of the Karaka 2016 Premier Sale.
Grade I winner Somali Lemonade died Jan. 23 from complications of foaling, according to breeder Helen Alexander, sister of the 7-year-old mare's owner, Caroline Forgason.
Three of last year's winners are back for another try in the Dec. 13 Longines International Races in Hong Kong, an event enlivened this year by two U.S. runners including Breeders' Cup winner Mongolian Saturday.
The 2017 Investec Derby (Eng-I), which will have its 238th renewal at Epsom Downs June 3, 2017, has attracted 416 yearling entries.
Undefeated champion Frankel's 2016 fee is unchanged at £125,000 and the highest on Juddmonte Farms' seven-horse European roster.
Vazirabad turned in a career-defining performance Oct. 25 at Longchamp, taking charge late to defeat older runners, including seven-time group I winner Cirrus des Aigles, in the Prix Royal-Oak (Fr-I, French St. Leger).
Juddmonte's first-crop sire Frankel had the highest-priced horse at the opening session of the Goffs Orby yearling sale Sept. 29, a filly out of group I winner Alexander Goldrun.
Keeneland's 12-day September yearling sale ended Sept. 26 in Lexington with results that revealed a market similar to 2014's.
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At first there were three, then one scratched and one failed to meet its reserve. That left one Frankel yearling in the Keeneland September sale. read blog
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.
On a day colts by a range of established sires set the pace, a $1,525,000 Distorted Humor colt bought by Three Chimneys brought the highest price Tuesday at the Keeneland September yearling sale's second session in Lexington.
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.
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.
Offspring of first-crop stallions grabbed the spotlight on opening day of the Doncaster Bloodstock Sales premier yearling sale Aug. 25, selling for the day's top two prices.
A colt by Dubawi out of French group III winner Pacifique brought a sale record price of Ã¢â€šÂ¬2.6 million (US$2,890,232) at the Arqana Deauville yearling sale Aug. 16.
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.
Her Majesty The Queen will unveil the newly installed statue of undefeated Frankel shortly after the Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I) on the June 16 Royal Ascot opening card.
Trainer Freddy Head and jockey Maxime Guyon teamed for a group I double May 24 at Longchamp, winning the Prix d'Ispahan with Solow and the Pour Moi Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary with Queen's Jewel.
Several newcomers were on the year's third edition of the Longines World Best Racehorse Rankings released May 14, including Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner American Pharoah and runner-up Firing Line.
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