Esther Marr

  • Nijad Fares

    Fares Farm Dispersal Exceeds Expecations

    The Fares Farm dispersal at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale Jan. 7-11 conjured a lot of bittersweet emotions and memories for the Fares family and Shannon White, who managed the Lexington-based farm.

  • Gainesway Buys Mares for New Stallions

    Antony Beck of Gainesway, which stands new stallions To Honor and Serve and Tapizar, has been shopping at both the Keeneland November breeding stock sale and the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale for mares.

  • Two Six-Figure Horses Sell During Day 3

    Maren's Meadow, a dual graded stakes-winning daughter of Meadowlake, and a yearling filly by City Zip are the first six-figure horses during the third session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.

  • Supreme brought $800,000 to lead the Fares Farm dispersal.

    Fares Farm Dispersal Off to Solid Start

    The first portion of the Fares Farm dispersal brought strong prices during the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale Jan. 8, highlighted by stakes winner Supreme, who was bought for $800,000 by Stonestreet.

  • Nereid, Hip 110, sold for $1.3 million.

    GI Winner Nereid Fetches $1.3 Million

    American Oaks Stakes (gr. IT) winner Nereid brought the highest price so far at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale when she fetched a final bid of $1.3 million.

  • Gitchee Goomie Brings $250,000 at Keeneland

    Gitchee Goomie, a grade III-winning daughter of City Zip, was the first horse to bring six figures at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale when she brought a final bid of $250,000 from Frank Stronach's Adena Springs.

  • Tweebster, gray, in the San Fernando Stakes.

    Baffert Trainee Tweebster Euthanized

    Tweebster, a 5-year-old Tapit gelding, has been euthanized after fracturing the sesamoids in his left front leg during a Dec. 30 claiming contest at Santa Anita Park.

  • Qarabaa wins the Robert J. Frankel Stakes.

    Qaraaba Captures Robert J. Frankel

    English-bred Qaraaba displayed a powerful turn of foot when closing from last to capture the Dec. 30 Robert J. Frankel Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita Park.

  • Danny the Miracle Unicorn Horse

    Read the story of 'Danny the Miracle Unicorn Horse,' a brave OTTB that has survived two major health scares and still lives to tell the tale at age 30.

  • New Vocations Breeders' Cup Pledge a Success

    New Vocations has received some exciting results from its 2012 Breeders' Cup Pledge, with more than 17 owners or partnership groups and five trainers committing a portion of their horses' Breeders' Cup earnings.

  • Keeneland November Sale Day 4 Wrap

    Esther Marr recaps Day 4 of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, including the day's top sellers, and comments from Richard Hogan, Bloodstock Agent. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency.

  • Keeneland November Sale Day 3 Wrap

    Esther Marr recaps Day 3 of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, including the day's top sellers, and comments from Walt Robertson, Keeneland Vice President of Sales. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency.

  • Tell It brought $540,000 during the third session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

    Tell It, Half to Pulpit, Brings $540,000

    Tell It, a winning stakes-placed daughter of Storm Cat, brought the highest price thus far during the third session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale when she fetched $540,000 from Blandford Bloodstock.

  • Keeneland November Sale Day 2 Wrap

    Esther Marr recaps Day 2 of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, including the sales of Pure Clan and Changing Skies, who both brought more than $4 million. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency.

  • Changing Skies brought $4.2 million during the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

    Changing Skies Brings $4.2M at Keeneland

    Royally bred Changing Skies, a graded stakes-winning daughter of Sadler's Wells, brought $4.2 million during the Nov. 7 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale from Mandore International Agency.

  • Dual grade I winner Zazu fetched $2.1 million during the first session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 6.

    GI Winner Zazu Fetches $2.1M at Keeneland

    Dual grade I winner Zazu fetched $2.1 million from Katsumi Yoshida's Japan-based Northern Farm at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 6. She was consigned by William S. Farish's Lane's End, agent.

  • Plum Pretty was purchased for $4.2 million during the first session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. KEENov2012Hip96_3KEEtn.jpg

    Pope Spends $4.2 Million on Plum Pretty

    Mandy Pope of Whisper Hill Farm bought Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Plum Pretty for $4.2 million from Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

  • Cry and Catch Me Brings $3.5 Million at F-T

    Cry and Catch Me fetched $3.5 million from Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Stud at the Nov. 5 Fasig-Tipton November sale. The Street Cry mare was consigned by John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, agent.

  • Harmonious brought $2.8 million in the first session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

    Harmonious Commands $2.8 Million at Keeneland

    Grade I winner Harmonious brought $2.8 million at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 6. Acquired by Mandore International Agency, the daughter of Dynaformer was consigned by Lane's End, agent.

  • Havre de Grace

    HOY Havre de Grace Brings $10M at F-T

    Havre de Grace, the 2011 Horse of the Year and champion older mare, brought some major fireworks to the Fasig-Tipton November sale when she commanded a final bid of $10 million from Mandy Pope of Whisper Hill Farm.

  • Contested
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    Contested Brings $2.3 Million at F-T Nov

    Contested, a dual grade I-winning daughter of Ghostzapper, brought the highest price during the first two hours of the Nov. 5 Fasig-Tipton November sale when she fetched $2.3 million as Hip No. 41.

  • Keeneland November Sale Preview

    Esther Marr talks with Keeneland Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell. Esther also asks Geoffrey about Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic winner Royal Delta in last year's sale.

  • Zagora
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    F-T November Sale Could Provide Fireworks

    The Fasig-Tipton November sale, which is known for its prominent cast of selected entries, will again feature several standouts, including this year's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) winner Zagora.

  • Flashy Ways on the right

    BC-Bound Flashy Ways has Teenage Breeder

    When Chad Reed's parents gave him a $5,000 budget to pick out a mare at the 2009 Keeneland November mixed sale at age 12, he never dreamed it would eventually result in a Breeders' Cup starter.

  • Groupie Doll at Santa Anita 10/29/2012.
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    Groupie Doll Highlights F&M Sprint Field

    While Groupie Doll's stellar 2012 record puts her in a different league than many of her competitors in the Nov. 3 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I), the favorite will still have to face five other grade I winners.

  • TAA One of Main Topics at Welfare Seminar

    The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, which recently announced a new funding plan, was a main focus during a session entitled "Totally Aftercare" that closed out the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit.

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    Trainer Panel Tackles Controversial Topics

    The use of racehorse medications and importance of owner education were among the topics discussed among trainers Kellyn Gorder, Tom Proctor, and Phil Sims at the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit at Keeneland.

  • Dreaming of Julia won the Meadow Star by 16 1/4 lengths on Sept. 9.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2127202662&k=P2fgqsf">Order This Photo</a>

    Dreaming of Julia to Test Talents in Frizette

    Stonestreet Stable's homebred prodigy runner Dreaming of Julia will have the opportunity to show her talents at the grade I level when the juvenile filly faces six others in the Oct. 6 Frizette at Belmont Park.

  • Churchill Downs

    Churchill Applies for September Race Dates

    After much deliberating, KHRC committee members voted to reconvene at a later date to make their final recommendations for 2013 race dates in question to the full commission, which meets Oct. 17.

  • Kauai Katie wins the Matron Stakes.

    Favored Kauai Katie Wins Matron Decisively

    Favored Kauai Katie didn't disappoint in the Sept. 30 Matron Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park when she overcame Baby J at the half-mile pole and increased her advantage to the wire, drawing off to a decisive victory.

  • Include Me Out won the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes by a neck on Aug. 4.

    Include Me Out Has Competition in Zenyatta

    An interesting mix of talented fillies and mares, headlined by 2012 grade I winners Include Me Out, Love Theway Youare, and Love and Pride, and will go postward in the Sept. 29 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.

  • Keeneland September Yearling Sale

    Keeneland Sale Registers Significant Gains

    While the eighth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale may have not had as many six-figure fireworks as last week's sessions, there were still plenty of buyers for quality horses.

  • Questing

    Questing Highlights Short Cotillion Field

    Very few fillies were up for the challenge of facing undefeated 2-year-old champion My Miss Aurelia and two-time grade I winner Questing in the Sept. 22 Cotillion Stakes (gr. I) at Parx Racing Sept. 22.

  • A chestnut son of Smart Strike brought $900,000 late in the day of the fourth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

    Smart Strike Colt Brings $900,0000

    A chestnut son of Smart Strike lit up the sales ring late in the day of the fourth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale, bringing $900,000 from John Moynihan, agent, who bought the horse for Stonestreet Farm.

  • Hip #645, colt; Big Brown - Cold Awakening, by Dehere, brought $825,000 on Sept 12.

    Big Brown Colt Commands $825,000 at Keeneland

    A colt by 2008 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Big Brown commanded $825,000 from Demi O'Byrne during the third session of the Keeneland September sale. He was consigned by Warrendale Sales, agent.

  • A bay filly by Tiznow -- Storminthegarden brought $500,000 during the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

    Tiznow Filly Fetches $500,000 at Keeneland

    A bay filly by Tiznow from a solid grass family brought $500,000 during the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale and became the third horse of the day to bring that amount or more Sept. 11.

  • OTTB Spotlight: Diamonds for Remi

    Remi Gunn has fallen on hard times in recent years--from the riding accident that left her paralyzed in 2003--to the financial struggles that almost claimed her farm.