Deirdre B. Biles

  • Saratoga Session 1: Hot Prospects

    Here is a list of horses that consignors and buyers thought had the potential to bring high prices during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling auction in New York Aug. 10.

  • Saratoga Surge? Sale Could Be Solid

    The unemployment rate is down; more homes are being sold; the stock market is on the upswing; and some companies that were hit hard by a plunging economy are starting to make money again. With the recession showing signs of easing, is a rebound in the Thoroughbred marketplace on the horizon?

  • Exotic 'Encosta' Colt in Saratoga Sale

    The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale will have a touch of the exotic this year with a colt by Encosta de Lago among its offerings. Encosta de Lago was the leading sire in Australia for 2008/2009, and his offspring generate bidding frenzies when they're sold Down Under. But will buyers at Saratoga be interested when they have a chance to buy one of the stallion's sons Aug. 11, during the second session of the New York auction?

  • Sam-Son a New Saratoga Consignor

    Sam-Son Farm, one of Canada's most successful Thoroughbred breeding and racing operations, will have a consignment at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling auction, Aug. 10 and 11, in New York. The five horses cataloged include an A.P. Indy colt that is a full brother to Canadian champion Catch the Thrill and a Giant's Causeway filly that is from the family of Eclipse Award winner and Canadian Horse of the Year and Triple Crown winner Dance Smartly.

  • Crunching the Keeneland September Numbers

    The number of horses cataloged to the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale fell 6.6%, from an all-time high of 5,555 for the auction last year to 5,189. According to Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland's director of the sales, the weakening of the Thoroughbred market in general -- because of problems within the horse industry and economic difficulties around the world -- was an important factor in the decline.

  • Seventh Street is part of the favored entry in the Go for Wand.

    Seventh Street Tops Go For Wand Field

    When jockey Rajiv Maragh eased Godolphin Racing's Seventh Street back into an ideal stalking position in the Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I) on June 13 at Belmont Park, he didn't expect two other horses owned by the ruling Maktoum family of Dubai, Godolphin Racing's Music Note and Darley Stable's Sea Chanter, to charge up and force a furious pace.

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    Hot Dixie Chick Romps in Schuylerville

    Favored Hot Dixie Chick showed she was more than a speed freak in the $111,000 Schuylerville Stakes (gr. III), rating patiently just off the pace before grabbing the lead and then pulling away to a 6 1/4 length victory July 29, the opening day of the Saratoga meeting in upstate New York.

  • Tiny Woods First Thoroughbred Legends Winner

    The Thoroughbred Legends Racing Stable, one of the biggest spenders at the 2008 yearling auctions, got its first winner July 25 when Tiny Woods defeated Sidney's Candy by a head in a maiden special weight race at Del Mar in California. It was Tiny Woods' career debut.

  • Boyd Browning, Fasig-Tipton president

    Looking Back: People Discuss F-T July Sale

    The Fasig-Tipton July select yearling sale, held July 20-21 in Lexington, ended with significant setbacks in gross revenue, average price, and median price, but managed to lower its buy-back rate from a year ago slighty. Read what sale company officials and sale participants had to say about the market.

  • Tale of the Cat

    Tale of the Cat Filly Tops Australian Sale

    Golden Act, a 4-year-old Tale of the Cat filly, brought Aust$52,000 (approximately $42,526) to top the Magic Millions Perth winter Thoroughbred sale July 26 in Australia. Glenn Martin purchased Golden Act from the Peters Investments reduction.

  • BC3 Pinhookers Taking Global Approach

    BC3 Thoroughbreds, the yearling-to-juvenile pinhooking venture that is best known for selling grade I winner Brother Derek, has broadened its horizons. Started by Utah horsemen John Brocklebank and Shane Chipman, BC3 has an ambitious plan to buy and resell young horses in this country, Australia, and Asia.

  • Pinhooker Smith Happy in California

    "You can call it a midlife crisis or whatever you want, but it's the best thing I've ever done," said pinhooker Murray Smith of her move earlier this year to Southern California from the Ocala area in Central Florida.

  • Hartley Trying Training in California

    Florida pinhooker Randy Hartley is training a string of horses in Southern California, but he will continue to be involved in reselling juveniles purchased as yearlings or weanlings though Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds.

  • Hip#250, filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Ting a Folie by Careafolie was the top seller at Fasig-Tipton's July select yearling sale, bringing $425,000.

    F-T July Drops, But 'Medaglia' Fillies Shine

    Fasig-Tipton's July select yearling sale ended with a bang instead of a whimper in Lexington, getting a boost from the progeny of the hot stallion Medaglia d'Oro. Even though the key business figures were down from the previous year, the final day produced the auction's highest price and results that were stronger than the opening day's statistics.

  • Hip 228, a Birdstone colt that sold for $400,000, was today's sale topper.

    No Surprises: F-T July Sale Opens With Losses

    The declines were in line with expectations during the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton July select yearling sale. Buyers and consignors had predicted the market would be down significantly, and there were no surprises July 20 in Lexington.

  • Yearlings at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select auction.

    F-T Auction Kicks Off Yearling Selling Season

    Even though the stock market has been enjoying a recent rally, buyers and sellers of young horses aren't expecting a similar rebound in yearling prices. Heading into the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select auction, which kicks off the 2009 yearling selling season, some people were predicting further downturns of 30% or more in key business figures, mainly because the health of the overall economy, here and abroad, remains weak.

  • F-T Day One: Yearlings to Watch

    This is a list of horses that consignors and buyers consider to be among the top prospects during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling sale July 20 in Lexington.

  • F-T Day Two: Yearlings to Watch

    This is a list of horses that buyers and consignors considered to be among the top prospects during the second session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling sale July 21 in Lexington.

  • Carrie Brogden

    New F-T Consignors Eager for Challenge

    Launching a new business venture in the midst of a global financial crisis would be a daunting task for most people, but the connections of several new consignments at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky select yearling auction seemed eager to take on the challenge the weekend before the sale's July 20 start.

  • Stuart, 27, New Bluegrass Sales Director

    Sandy Stuart is the new director of sales for Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, and he's finding out what it's like being in charge of a consignment for the first time at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling auction in Lexington.

  • El Prado

    El Prado Slowing Down, But Not Done

    El Prado, who has sired 74 stakes winners, including the hot young stallion Medaglia d'Oro, experienced declining fertility during the 2009 breeding season, but will continue to cover mares in 2010 if he remains healthy, according to Eric Hamelback, who is the general manager of Frank Stronach's Adena Springs operation near Paris, Ky.

  • Wildcat Heir Off to Fast Start as a Stallion

    Wildcat Heir, who was fast enough to win the six-furlong Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes (gr. I) in 2004, is getting off to a fast start as a stallion in 2009. As of July 17, there were already 11 winners in the first crop sired by the 9-year-old Forest Wildcat horse, which stands at Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla.

  • F-T New York Preferred Sale Has 235 Horses

    Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 235 horses for its New York-bred preferred yearling sale, which will be held the evenings of Aug. 15 and 16 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The number is up 3.5% from last year's total of 227.

  • SITA's New Mare Policy Causes Confusion

    Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland executives are raising questions about the the Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers' new guidlelines for older mares and barren mares, saying the policies they had agreed to support differed on one key point from what has appeared in recent published reports.

  • Craig Bandoroff

    Bandoroff, Collins: 2009 Will Be Tough

    What will the yearling selling season of 2009 be like? A story with comments from a variety of auction participants appeared in the June 27 edition of The Blood-Horse and also was published on the magazine's Web site: www.bloodhorse.com. Now, two more people, Lincoln Collins and Craig Bandoroff, weigh in on the subject.

  • F-T Saratoga Select Catalog Up From 2008

    Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 235 horses for its Saratoga select yearling auction, which will be held Aug. 10-11 in upstate New York. The number is up 20.5% from a year ago, when there were 195 yearlings listed in the book.

  • Moving Forward: Yearling Sales Prognosis

    As the 2009 yearling selling season approaches, the global financial situation continues to remain grim and nobody is really sure how much the demand for young horses will be impacted. To provide some insights, yearling auction participants discussed their plans and expectations with The Blood-Horse.

  • Vinery Stud Sells Session Topper in Australia

    Trainer John Wallace purchased the two highest-priced lots June 9 during the opening session of the Magic Millions national yearling sale on Australia's Gold Coast. He went to Aust$220,000 (approximately $173,991) to secure a Flying Spur Graceful Lily colt, which was consigned by Vinery Stud. He also purchased an Encosta de Lago Major Drama filly for Aust$145,000 ($114,676) from Coolmore Stud.

  • Paul Saylor will race the Yonaguska half-brother to Mine That Bird in partnership with Dogwood.

    Dogwood, Saylor to Race Bird's Brother

    The Yonaguska half-brother to Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Mine That Bird, which brought $485,000 from Dogwood Stable president Cot Campbell at the recent Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training, will be raced in partnership by Dogwood and Paul Saylor.

  • The dispersal of late Jack Dreyfus' Hobeau Farm's horses included this Tapit colt named Tashop that set a record for a horse sold at public auction in Maryland with his $850,000 price.

    Hobeau Dispersal Starts With Bang in Maryland

    The dispersal of late Jack Dreyfus' Hobeau Farm's horses started at the recent Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training in Maryland. Cary Frommer, as agent, sold four of the operation's juveniles for $1,028,000. They included a Tapit colt named Tashop that set a record for a horse sold at public auction in Maryland with his $850,000 price.

  • Frommer Tops F-T Sale With Quality Horses

    Cary Frommer, a Georgia-based pinhooker who is moving to South Carolina soon, was the leading consignor at the recent Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training in Maryland. She sold 19 of the 22 horses she offered for $1,850,500.

  • Sasha's Fierce Tops Upper Midwest Sale

    Sasha's Fierce brought $25,500 to top the Upper Midwest sale of 2-year-olds and unraced Thoroughbreds May 16 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn. Astar Lindquist Stable purchased the unraced juvenile bay filly from Wood-Mere Farm, which bred her in partnership with Brereton C. Jones in Minnesota.

  • Hip 24; colt by Tapit brought $850,000 to establish a record for a horse sold in Maryland at public auction.

    Buy-Back Rate Falls at F-T Midlantic Sale

    The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training ended its two-day run May 19 in Timonium, Md., with downturns of 11.6% in average price and 10.7% in median price that weren't nearly as severe as the setbacks experienced by many other juvenile auctions this year. In addition, the buy-back rate declined significantly, from 34.1% in 2008 to 23.1%.

  • This 2-year-old half-brother to Mine That Bird brought $485,000 during the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale May 18.

    Bird's Half-Brother Goes to Dogwood

    A Yonaguska half-brother to Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner and BlackBerry Preakness Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Mine That Bird brought $485,000 during the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training May 18. Dogwood Stable purchased the dark bay or brown colt from Cary Frommer, agent for Paul Saylor.

  • Tashop Sets Maryland Record, Brings $850,000

    Tashop, a chestnut colt by Tapit, set a Maryland record for a Thoroughbred sold at public auction when he brought $850,000 May 18 early during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • This son of Yonaguska, a half-brother to Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, will sell at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training.

    F-T Midlantic Sale's Results Could Surprise

    Even in the midst of an economic crisis, there is hope for a solid performance from the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training, which is scheduled for May 18 and 19 in Timonium, Md. The bulk of the auction's catalog consists of reasonably-priced, blue-collar stock, and some of the other regional sales, which offered juveniles of the same type, generated results that were better than expected earlier this year.

  • Mine That Bird's half-brother, by Yonaguska, will sell as hip #107.

    F-T Midlantic Sale Results Could Surprise

    Even in the midst of an economic crisis, there is hope for a solid performance from the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training, which is scheduled for May 18 and 19 in Timonium, Md. The bulk of the auction's catalog consists of reasonably-priced, blue-collar stock, and some of the other regional sales, which offered juveniles of the same type, generated results that were better than expected earlier this year.

  • Jiosa Jazz, Johannesburg Colt Work Fast

    A Read the Footnotes--Herat's Goldengirl colt named Jiosa Jazz and a Johannesburg--Kitty Carson colt tied for the fastest quarter-mile work May 14 during the second and final session of the under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training. Both juveniles covered the distance in :21 4/5 over the track at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md.

  • Orientate, shown, is the sire of the colt who recorded the fastest quarter work during the first session of the under tack show for Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training.

    Orientate Colt Shines in F-T Midlantic Work

    An Orientate colt worked a quarter mile in :21 2/5, which was the fastest time for the distance, during the May 13 first session of the under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training in Timonium, Md.

  • Paul Saylor

    Saylor Ponders Future for Bird's Half-Brother

    Paul Saylor said "I nearly fell out of my chair" while watching the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) on television. Like a lot of people, he was surprised by Mine That Bird's huge upset. But what really knocked Saylor for a loop was the realization that a juvenile Yonaguska colt he owned suddenly had become a half-brother to a classic winner.

  • Songandaprayer Colt Shines at Barretts

    A Songandaprayer colt worked a quarter mile in :21, turning in the fastest time for the distance May 7 at Fairplex Park in Southern California during the under tack show for the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Fasig-Tipton to Offer Derby Winner's Sibling

    A Yonaguska half-brother to Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Mine That Bird has been added to the catalog of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training. The auction will be held May 18 and 19 at Timonium in Maryland. It starts two days after the running of the May 16 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), in which Mine That Bird is scheduled to compete.