Ron Mitchell

Ron Mitchell is the Online Editor for www.bloodhorse.com

Magna Loss Soars in First Quarter

Magna Loss Soars in First Quarter

Despite mounting losses and lack of investor confidence, executives of racetrack operator Magna Entertainment remain confident the company's fortunes can be reversed.

Mott Horses on Track

Mott Horses on Track

Concerned about forecasts for rain in upcoming days, trainer Bill Mott worked his two contenders for the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs on Sunday, April 27.

Proud Spell to Oaks Only

Proud Spell to Oaks Only

Former Kentucky Gov. Brereton C. Jones said April 27 that Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) winner Proud Spell would be pointed only to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and not the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

Jan. Sale: Strength in Right Places

Jan. Sale: Strength in Right Places

As Keeneland Association concluded its January Horses of All Ages sale Jan. 13 with double-digit increases in median (12.7%) and average (20.6%) prices, sales company officials continued to sound warning signals about the overall health of the breeding industry.

One Steroids Test Requested at Sale

One Steroids Test Requested at Sale

Though Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale was the first to be conducted under new policies allowing buyers the right to request testing for exogenous anabolic steroids in weanling and yearling purchases, there was only one such request made during the seven-day auction at which almost 1,500 horses were sold.

A.P. Indy Leading Covering Sire

A.P. Indy Leading Covering Sire

Among the most-watched statistics at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale is that of leading covering sires, which are those stallions represented by mares sold in-foal from their matings earlier this year.

Demand for Weanlings Shapes Market

Demand for Weanlings Shapes Market

High demand put several weanlings at the high end of the Keeneland November market. The highest-priced weanling sold was a Pulpit filly that brought $1.7 million. The only two Kingmambo weanlings in the sale brought the second- and third-highest prices of $950,000 (the top weanling colt) and $850,000.

Dickinson Full-Time to Tapeta

Dickinson Full-Time to Tapeta

Citing the time constraints involved with his synthetic surface company Tapeta Footings, Michael Dickinson has announced he will not seek a trainer's license for 2008.

Veteran Sires Lead Way at Keeneland

Veteran Sires Lead Way at Keeneland

Veteran stallions A.P. Indy, Kingmambo, and Smart Strike -- all of whom stand at Lane's End Farm -- top the list of covering sires by average during the first two sessions of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Keeneland Sale 'Unbelievable'

Keeneland Sale 'Unbelievable'

With cumulative increases of 19.3% and 7.3% in gross sales and average price, respectively, during the first two days of the marathon Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, the mood within the Lexington sales pavilion was almost euphoric Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Keeneland Sale Analysis: Strength at the Top

In contrast to this year's yearling auctions, the record-setting first day of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale on Nov. 5 was fueled by strength at the top, with moderate weakness in the middle.

When a Bid is Not a Bid

When a Bid is Not a Bid

There has been much hand-wringing and questioning over the circumstances surrounding the sale of multiple grade I-winning filly Octave to agent John Ferguson for $4 million at the Nov. 4 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky mixed sale.

Major Dispersals, Reductions on Tap at Keeneland

Major Dispersals, Reductions on Tap at Keeneland

The Keeneland November sale will include dispersals or major reductions by Adena Springs, Swettenham Stud, Golden Eagle Farm, the partnership of retired trainer MacKenzie Miller and the late Smiser West, and California owner Stan E. Fulton.

Indian Blessing Thoroughly Homebred

Indian Blessing, winner of the Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), is thoroughly a product of the racing and breeding program of Hal and Patti Earnhardt III, who raced not only the filly's sire but also her stakes-winning dam.

Racing Medication Panel Refocused on Core Issues

After nearly five years in existence, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium is refocusing on some of its core goals such as uniform rules, drug research, and standardizing drug-testing procedures in the United States.

RMTC Refocusing on Drug Testing, Uniformity

After nearly five years in existence, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium is refocusing on some of its core goals such as uniform rules, drug research, and standardizing drug-testing procedures in the United States.

Figures Soar at F-T October Opener

Figures Soar at F-T October Opener

An Empire Maker colt was sold for $320,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October Yearling sale, which began Oct. 22 with increases in average and median prices and a low buyback rate. Fasig-Tipton reported 297 yearlings sold for a gross of $5,286,000. The $17,801 average price rose 27.4%, the median increased 42.8% to $10,000, and the buyback fell to a palatable 18.1% from 30.9% compared with the opening session of 2006.

Golden Eagle Escapes California Wildfires

Despite surrounding property being ravaged by wildfires that have spread throughout Southern California, it was business as usual Monday, Oct. 22, at the Mabee family's Golden Eagle Farm in Ramona, near San Diego.

Weighing Averages and Medians

One of the more widely used methods of comparing sales results for stallions whose progeny have been offered at a yearling sale is to look at the average prices. Many number-crunchers, however, believe the median price provides a more accurate picture of how well the stallion fared.

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