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  • Consignor Duncan Lloyd

    Lloyds Score With Violence Colt at Keeneland

    With their first sale consignment since taking a hiatus from selling horses at public auction, Duncan and DeeDee Lloyd scored the top-priced offering during the Sept. 21 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

  • Craig Bernick of Glen Hill Farm

    Glen Hill's Purchases Include $285,000 Orb Filly

    After being quiet during the early part of the Keeneland September yearling sale, Glen Hill Farm's Craig Bernick has been busy, with one of his purchases being an Orb filly bought for $285,000 during the Sept. 18 session.

  • Mike Ryan

    Ryan Buys a 'Very Special' Cairo Prince Colt

    Agent Mike Ryan, the current second-leading buyer at the Keeneland September yearling sale, could barely contain his excitement over a Cairo Prince colt he bought for $350,000 during the Sept. 18 first session of Book 4.

  • Ron Winchell speaks with reporters at the Keeneland September sale

    Huckabays Rewarded by Trappe Shot Investment

    Jody and Michelle Huckabay bought an interest in Trappe Shot, and during the Sept. 16 session of Keeneland September yearling sale, they were rewarded when a filly by the Claiborne Farm stallion was sold for $480,000.

  • Justin Casse said there hasn't been enough time to look at yearlings due to the new format at Keeneland

    Buyers Find New Keeneland Format Challenging

    The new format for Keeneland's September yearling sale in which almost double the number of horses were offered before the Sept. 15 day break in selling than during the same period last year proved challenging for buyers.

  • Hip 319, a Violence colt from the Warrendale consignment, sells for $725,000 Sept. 12

    Violence Colts Return Highest Pinhook Profits

    A Violence colt sold for $725,000 during the Sept. 12 second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale produced a whopping return on investment of 760% for the pinhooking entity which bought him as a weanling for $70,000.

  • Claiborne Farm's Walker Hancock helped put together Marchmont Stable, which purchased four yearlings for $1.8 million

    Newly Formed Marchmont Stable Seeking Classic Horses

    Marchmont Stable, a group consisting of Claiborne Farm and some of its clients who want to buy two-turn colts with classic potential was active during the first week of the Keeneland September yearling sale, buying four horses for $1.8 million.

  • Kerri Radcliffe (left) with Eric Fein (center) at the Keeneland September yearling sale

    Radcliffe Forging New Partnerships at Keeneland

    Kerri Radcliffe, who has emerged as one of the biggest players in the North American auction market as she buys on behalf of Phoenix Thoroughbreds, is also forging new relationships within the industry at the Keeneland September yearling sale.

  • A striking son of Scat Daddy consigned by Gainesway topped the first day of Book 2 trade

    Late Buying Drives Keeneland's Second Session

    When Keeneland's radically reformatted September yearling sale moved into another phase with Book 2 Sept. 12, there was a predictable downturn in prices from Monday's blockbuster Book 1 but there was no drop-off in competition.

  • Hip 69, a Tapit filly, sells for $2.7 million to top the Book 1 session Sept. 11

    Strong Demand at Keeneland September Opener

    Fueled by unfettered demand for offspring of leading sires Tapit and War Front and a competitive international buying base, the Keeneland September yearling sale got a fast start out of the gate during the Book 1 Sept. 11 session.

  • Hip 84, a Scat Daddy colt out of the Danehill Dancer mare Luvly Rita, was the co-sale topper

    Scat Daddy Colts Top Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase

    The horse industry traditionally is slow to embrace change, as was apparent during Fasig-Tipton’s inaugural turf showcase in Lexington Sept. 10 that was topped by two colts from the last crop of Scat Daddy sold for $250,000 each.

  • Craig Bandoroff of Denali Stud was among the sellers who believes in the new format

    Keeneland September Begins With New Format

    When Keeneland kicks off its marathon September yearling sale Sept. 11, it will be a litmus test of the sales company's overhaul of the format, with a goal of getting the auction off to a robust start that hopefully will carry throughout the sale.

  • The Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase begins Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. ET in Lexington

    Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase Poised for Takeoff

    As with any new venture, there is an air of uncertainty surrounding Fasig-Tipton's inaugural Turf Showcase Sept. 10. If the action on the sale grounds over the weekend is any indication, the new venue is poised for takeoff.

  • Hip 12 is a full sister to stakes winner Kitten's Cat

    Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase Hips to Watch

    A pair of offspring by leading turf sire Kitten's Joy and the only War Front yearling in the sale are among the hips to watch during the inaugural Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase Sept. 10.

  • James Keogh of Grovendale

    Keogh Offers Two Well-Bred Fillies in Turf Showcase

    When Fasig-Tipton conceived a new sale aimed at yearlings with characteristics likely to predispose them to grass racing, James Keogh was among those horsemen who welcomed the new venue and he will be represented by two well-bred fillies Sunday.

  • Astrology Colt Tops Minnesota Yearling Sale

    Paced by an Astrology colt, the Aug. 21 Minnesota Thoroughbred Association's auction of Minnesota-bred yearlings saw a decline in gross, average, and median prices when compared with the 2016 edition.

  • Hip 62, a Too Much Bling filly that was co-sale topper at $100,000

    Too Much Bling Yearlings Top Texas Sale

    A colt and filly by perennial Texas leading sire Too Much Bling each brought final bids of $100,000 to share top billing at the Texas Thoroughbred Association's summer yearling and mixed sale that saw across-the-board gains for the yearling section.

  • Hip 450, a Tiznow colt, sold for $250,000 for leading consignor Summerfield

    Cairo Prince, Summerfield Top New York-Bred Sale

    Airdrie Stud's Cairo Prince, Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck's Summerfield, and Vineyard Ventures were leading sire, consignor, and buyer, respectively, by gross at the Aug. 12-13 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • The $500,000 paid for a Cairo Prince colt set a record for the sale's highest price

    Curtain Falls on Record Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Sale

    They saved the best for last during the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale, when a son of Cairo Prince was sold for a sale-record price of $500,000 to highlight a session that brought down the curtain on an auction that eclipsed all records.

  • A Street Boss colt (Hip 546) consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency

    Taylor Made Colts Among Day 2 Hips to Watch

    Two yearlings from Taylor Made Sales Agency and a filly with a timely catalog page update are among the horses to watch during the Aug. 13 second session of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Activity was brisk in advance of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred sale

    Positive Vibe on Eve of New York-Bred Sale

    The barn area at Fasig-Tipton's sale grounds in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., was brimming with activity the morning of Aug. 11 as consignors and buyers went through the paces of inspecting New York-bred yearlings for the sale scheduled for Aug. 12-13.

  • Renee Dailey with Tom VanMeter at the Saratoga sale

    New Pinhooking Venture Off to Successful Start

    When trainer D. Wayne Lukas signed the ticket for $650,000 during the Aug. 7 opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale for a son of Union Rags, it marked another big pinhooking score for Renee Dailey and Olin Gentry.

  • Hip 186, an Orb colt, was the Aug. 8 session topper and co-sale topper at $1 million

    Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale Ends on High Note

    They nearly blew the roof off Humphrey S. Finney sales pavilion Aug. 8 as prices soared during the second and final session of the Fasig-Tipton selected yearling sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., pushing the overall sale to levels not seen in years.

  • Hip 45, a Curlin colt, was the Aug. 7 session topper

    Curlin Colt Tops Strong First Session of Saratoga Sale

    Coming into the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale, there was a feel-good buzz on the sale grounds, and the first session did not disappoint, with across-the-board gains in the key statistical categories and a decline in the buy-back rate.