Barns are busy at the Palm Meadows Training Center as the start of the world's fanciest juvenile auction approaches.
Da' Tara, who carried Robert LaPenta's colors to victory in the 2008 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has been reunited with his Hall of Fame trainer, Nick Zito, and is in light training in Florida.
If the results of the under tack show Feb. 28 were any indication, the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training is in the process of making a successful transition to its new home, Palm Meadows.
Looking inside the 2010 yearling average numbers
The Fasig-Tipton winter mixed sale improved its performance from a year ago in two key areas Feb. 7 in Lexington. The median price rose 7% and the buy-back rate dropped to 22.3% from 28.9% in 2010
A striking Indian Charlie yearling filly became the most expensive horse sold so far during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale in Lexington when she commanded $245,000 during the auction's second hour Feb. 7.
Hatta Diamond, a winning 7-year-old daughter of Street Cry, brought $170,000 during the first hour of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale Feb. 7 in Lexington.
Broodmares and broodmare prospects are among the horses that will be offered as the breeding season approaches.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. has cataloged 490 horses for its March select sale of 2-year-olds in training. The number is up 44.1% from 2010's total of 340.
The catalog is out for what traditionally is the fanciest juvenile auction, the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale. Here is a list of some of the 2-year-olds that are close relatives to top racehorses. Read Blog
Seeking to add a little bit spice to their Kentucky winter mixed sale, Fasig-Tipton officials decided to devote a portion of the Feb. 7 auction in Lexington to no guarantee seasons to prominent stallions.
What will happen in the Thoroughbred auction ring in 2011? After some tough years, will things get better? Read what buyers and consignors had to say.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. winter mixed sale enjoyed significant upswings in its key business figures from a year ago during its latest edition, which ended Jan. 19 in Central Florida.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. winter mixed sale kicked off Jan. 18 in Central Florida with big increases in its key business figures during its consignor preferred session.
Even though there were widespread stud fee reductions in 2009 and 2010, consignors and their clients still are struggling to make money.
The Keeneland January horses of all ages sale enjoyed increases in the number of horses sold, gross, and average price during its five-day run in Lexington. Read what people had to say about the market.
Breeders have done a good job cutting the numbers of horses that they breed and reducing the stud fees of stallions. Now, some other things have to happen for the Thoroughbred industry to get out of its slump. Read Blog
The slumping market in recent years at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale took a turn for the better in several important statistical categories during the auction's latest edition in Lexington.
With four of the five sessions completed, the number of horses sold and average price are ahead of 2010's pace at the same point, the median is holding steady, and the buy-back rate is about the same.
The Keeneland January sale, which ends its five-day run Jan. 14 in Lexington, is generating some positive results after declines in many of its key business figures in recent years. Read what people are saying.
The Keeneland January sale turned in a solid third session even though the number of quality mares and yearlings on offer decreased significantly from the Central Kentucky auction's first two days.
Average price also increases even though the second session wasn't as strong as the first during the 2011 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale in Lexington
Grade II winner Alpha Kitten made a mid-afternoon appearance in Keeneland's auction ring and brought $405,000 during the second session of the January horses of all ages sale in Lexington.
Grade II winner Secret Gypsy is headed to Japan after being sold for $540,000 early in the afternoon of the second session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale in Lexington.
Princess Janie, a stakes-winning Elusive Quality mare who is in foal to Tiznow, brought $330,000 early in the afternoon of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale's second session in Lexington.
A strapping Candy Ride colt became the highest-priced yearling sold so far during the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale in Lexington when he brought $300,000 during the second session's first hour Jan. 11.
Walt Robertson enjoyed his first day at a Keeneland auction in his new role as the Lexington company's vice president of sales.
The New Year started on a happy note at Keeneland as the January horses of all ages sale finished its opening session in Lexington Jan. 10 with huge increases of 62.2% in gross and 53.5% in average price from 2010.
Grade I winner Ave became the first horse to bring a seven-figure price at the Keeneland January horses of all age sale when she sold for $1.4 million three-quarters of the way through the first session in Lexington Jan. 10.
Wickedly Perfect, winner of the Darley Alcibiades Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland in 2010, returned to Keeneland and brought $800,000 during the opening session of the January horses of all ages sale in Lexington Jan. 10.
Negligee returned to the site of her former glory and made news again Jan. 10.
Even though the weather could have been better, the mood generally was positive in the barn area at Keeneland as horsemen prepared for the first major Thoroughbred auction of the year, the January horses of all ages sale.
According to Chris Baker, the racing and farm manager for the late Edward P. Evans' Spring Hill Farm, the 4-year-old colt needs a little more time to recuperate from surgery.
The two most recent winners of Keeneland's Alcibiades Stakes (gr. I), Negligee and Wickedly Perfect, are scheduled to go through the sale ring on the auction's opening day.
Keeneland will introduce a new member of its management team and a new technological innovation designed to aid buyers during its January horses of all ages sale, which begins its five-day run in Lexington Jan. 10.
Walt Robertson's retirement from the Thoroughbred auction business didn't last long. He'll go back to work Jan. 5 at Keeneland after leaving its biggest rival, Fasig-Tipton, in November.
Distorted Humor and Dynaformer also had a big impact in the auction ring.
Even though it's still early in the new millennium, the Thoroughbred auction business already has had to struggle through two downturns.
Canadian champion Too Late Now brought $50,000 to top the Fasig-Tipton Texas December mixed sale, which posted increases of 25.5% and 22.2% in its gross revenue and average price, respectively, from a year ago.
Zenyatta's transition from superstar racehorse to broodmare is going smoothly, according to William S. Farish.
Recent economic woes and the Thoroughbred industry's own problems have made breeding horses to sell downright treacherous. Read Blog
Even though stud fees were lower, pregrant mares and weanlings sold at Keeneland in November didn't improve their profitability dramatically.
Read what buyers and consignors had to say about the market during the first week of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in Lexington.
The consignment of racing, broodmare, and stallion prospects offered by Kenny Troutt's WinStar Racing headlined the Nov. 16 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Da' Tara, who captured the 2008 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), brought $180,000 Nov. 16 during the ninth session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
The buy-back rate was one of the best-performing statistics through three sessions of the Keeneland November breeding stock auction in Lexington. It stood at 21.1%, the same as in 2009, when selling ended for the day Nov. 1.
The robust market for top-end young mares continued during the second session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale as five horses sold for seven-figure prices.
The mare, named Lucky One, is carrying a full sibling to the 2010 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner.
The Keeneland November breeding stock sale got off to what the company's director of sales, Geoffrey Russell, called a "solid start."
Broodmare prospect Carribean Sunset, a group III winner in Ireland and a stakes winner in this country, brought $1 million Nov. 8 during the opening session in the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in Lexington.
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