Keeneland’s 13-day November breeding stock sale that ended Nov. 20 reflected a stable market that mirrored recent trends, in which there is continued demand for quality and buyers' unwillingness to take risks on horses that do not fit their criteria.
With buyers showing an insatiable appetite for quality fillies and mares and 2016 foals, the Keeneland November breeding stock sale opened Nov. 8 with key figures that soared well beyond the gross, average and median prices for the same 2015 session.
Secret Gesture, a group II-winning daughter of world-class sire Galileo in foal to War Front, was bought by John Ferguson for $3.5 million to top the early portion of the Nov. 8 first session of Keeneland’s November breeding stock sale in Lexington.
Grade I winner Lady Eli, who returned to top form after missing more than a year due to a bout with laminitis, is among the grade/group I winners consigned to the upcoming Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Foreign-breds Legatissimo, Dacita, Photo Call, and Secret Gesture will square off against the likes of Stephanie's Kitten and Hard Not to Like in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf
The Illinois Racing Board upheld the stewards' decision to disqualify Secret Gesture in the 2015 Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) from first to third place and also confirmed a $1,500 fine against her rider Jamie Spencer.
In a major victory for Qatar Racing and trainer Ralph Beckett, a British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel has overturned the disqualification of Simple Verse from her victory in the Ladbrokes St. Leger (Eng-I).
A late rally into second by Watsdachances helped the daughter of Diamond Green to her first grade I victory when she was placed first in the Beverly D. Stakes Aug. 15 at Arlington International Racecourse.
All four F&M Turf European contenders left quarantine Oct. 28 and got their first feel of Santa Anita heading into Breeders' Cup weekend.
Jockey Frankie Dettori swept both group I races on Deauville's Aug. 24 card when landing the Darley Prix Jean Romanet with impressive filly Ribbons after taking the Darley Prix Morny with The Wow Signal one race earlier.
Runner-up in the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes (Eng-I) earlier this month at Goodwood, the Aga Khan's Narniyn takes a third shot at an elite-level breakthrough Aug. 24 in the Darley Prix Jean Romanet (Fr-I) at Deauville.
Thistle Bird struck for her first top-level win at age 6 when overtaking front-runner Venus de Milo to capture the Pretty Polly Stakes (Ire-I) June 29 at the Curragh.
Ambivalent looks to be a strong candidate for a repeat win in the Newbridge Silverware Pretty Polly Stakes (Ire-I) June 29 at the Curragh.
Cirrus des Aigles comfortably held back Flintshire and tallied a third consecutive group I win in the Investec Coronation Cup (In Commemoration of St Nicholas Abbey) June 7, but he was pulled up a bit lame.
French star Cirrus des Aigles will bid for a third successive top-level victory this season in the Investec Coronation Cup (In Commemoration of St Nicholas Abbey, Eng-I) at Epsom Downs June 7.
Checked twice in the final 250 meters, Japan's star mare Gentildonna showed just what she's made of March 29 in winning the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I) in course-record time at Meydan Racecourse.
Morning training at Meydan on March 25, including Ambivalent (#1 Green), Joshua Tree (#5 Red), Red Cadeaux (#10 White), Rich Tapestry (#8 Gold), Dank (#2 Yellow), Shea Shea (#11 Orange), and more. Watch Video
The Jockey Club of Turkey presented its International Racing Festival this weekend, with the top three events, all group races, captured by European-based horses.
Secret Gesture was denied classic glory a second time when late-running Penelopa overtook her to win Henkel-Preis-Diana Deutsches Stuten-Derby (Ger-I, German Oaks) Aug. 4 at Dusseldorf.
With last year's Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) winner and runner-up swiftly closing in at the finish, pacesetter Ambivalent held on valiantly to win the Pretty Polly Stakes (Ire-I) June 30 at the Curragh.
Trainer Ralph Beckett enjoyed a one-two finish in the Investec Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) May 31 when his lightly regarded Talent closed furiously from near last to deny stablemate Secret Gesture in a 20-1 upset.
Qatar Racing will bid to win a second classic in less than a week after recently acquiring a half-interest in Investec Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) favorite Secret Gesture.
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