Though horses bred by Machmer Hall finished second in graded stakes over the weekend, it was Drefong's King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) victory that the farm's connections found most exciting.
The value of a Medaglia d'Oro filly consigned to the Keeneland September yearling sale increased after her half brother Arrogate romped to a Travers Stakes (gr. I) triumph in track-record time.
Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Reckling graduated in his second start, going wire-to-wire to win the first race on the Travers Day card at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 27.
John Veitch, the Hall of Fame trainer and former chief steward for Thoroughbred racing in Kentucky, has won another round in his lentgthy court battle with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission over the convoluted Life At Ten case.
There were no surprises at the first open session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s August yearling sale, as the free-fall in prices and large percentage of buybacks seen the previous day during the select sale continued at the Aug. 24 session.
With only five 4-year-old fillies entered, what the $750,000 Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 27 lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in quality.
- By Ron Mitchell
The only Mineshaft yearling in the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August yearling sale is among the horses to watch during the Aug. 25 final session of the two-day open sale in Ocala, Fla.
Topped by a son of Flatter sold for $210,000, the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August select yearling sale session mirrored recent sales with declines in all key statistical categories and a high buy-back rate.
A son of third-leading first crop sire Mission Impazible is among the yearlings that could attract buyers’ attention during the Aug. 24 second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August sale.
After taking some hits in the 2-year-old market, especially in the lower- to mid-price ranges and in the late-season auctions, those who buy horses primarily to be sold later said they would be more selective in their purchases this year.
The only Ghostzapper yearling cataloged and the highest-priced pinhook are among the horses to watch during the Aug. 23 select session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August yearling sale in Ocala, Fla.
With declines in the three previous yearling sales to date this year as polarization between the top and the rest of the market continues, the next test will take place with the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.'s Aug. 23-25 auction.
A yearling colt by City Zip was purchased by Robert Hess Jr. for $50,000 to top the Aug. 16 Northern California yearling and horses of racing age sale.
- By Ron Mitchell
Inside Straight, who scored his first stakes win last out after several transformations, tops the oversubscribed field for the Aug. 20 Canadian Derby (Can-III) at Northlands Park Racetrack and Casino in in Edmonton, Alberta.
When Stuart Morris and his clients were deciding on venues for their yearlings being offered for sale, they chose the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s August sale for a son of Flatter, bypassing the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale
Mo Diddley, a son of Uncle Mo from the family of champion Bear Now, became the highest-priced yearling ever sold at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred sale Aug. 14 when he was bought by Everett Dobson's Cheyenne Stables for $450,000.
Trainer Linda Rice continued her bullish buying at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale Aug. 14, this time taking down a Mineshaft colt who is a half brother to millionaire Upstart for $335,000.
Mo Diddley, a son of Uncle Mo from the family of champion Bear Now, was bought by Everett Dobson's Cheyenne Stables for $450,000 to become the new sale-topper at the midpoint of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale.
A City Zip colt from the Indian Creek consignment was purchased by Linda Rice on behalf of Sheila Rosenblum for $375,000 to become the top-priced offering at the Aug. 14 Fasig-Tipton sale of New York-bred yearlings.
The buzz around the barn area for the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale the morning of Aug. 14 was all about the developments the previous day when the sale’s first session was rescheduled following a major thunderstorm.
Due to a horrific storm that moved through upstate New York Aug. 13, the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale was postponed for the evening and is rescheduled to Aug. 14 at 3 p.m. EDT for one continuous session.
Horses to watch for during the Aug. 14 second session of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred sale.
With the higher-profile Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale now in the history books, many of the same consignors who had horses in that sale are gearing up for the New York-bred yearling sale.
A son of The Factor purchased as a weanling for $190,000 is among the top horses to watch for during the Aug. 13 first session of the Fasig-Tipton sale of New York-bred yearlings in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Pinhookers who deal in the upper end of the bloodstock market had a very good Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Aug. 8-9.
- By Ron Mitchell
China Horse Club’s U.S. expansion was on full display at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale as the leading buyer, with six yearlings purchased for $3,100,000.
The opportunity to buy a well-bred filly from the stock of Josephine Abercrombie proved irresistible to Mandy Pope, who bought a Medaglia d’Oro filly from the breeder for $1.45 million to top the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale Aug. 9.
A Medaglia d'Oro filly from the consignment of Craig and Holly Bandoroff's Denali Stud lit up the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale bid board Aug. 9 when she was bought for $1.45 million.
The appetite for Tapit yearlings continued Aug. 9 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale when a half brother to four-time grade I winner Princess of Sylmar was sold to China Horse Club for $800,000.
Powerhouse owners Stonestreet Stables and Coolmore Stud joined forces to buy a Pioneerof the Nile colt for $950,000 to top the Aug. 8 first day of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.
A Pioneerof the Nile colt who was one of the last horses through the ring was sold for $950,000 to become the top-priced offering at the Aug. 8 first session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.
A Ghostzapper filly who is a half sister to superstar Songbird was purchased by Tom Haughey's PTK Racing for $800,000 during the Aug. 8 first session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale
A son of Tapit who is a half brother to grade II winner Corfu lit up the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sales bid board when bought by China Horse Club for $750,000.
Two sons of leading sire Tapit headline the list of horses with potential to ring a bell during the Aug. 9 second session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale.
Andrew Motion’s life has come full circle. Motion, who has a one-horse consignment to the Saratoga selected yearling sale, worked on the Fasig-Tipton muck crew when he was young and accompanied his father, agent Michael Motion, to the auction.
An Animal Kingdom filly, a daughter of Frankel, Songbird's half sister, and the only colt by War Front in the sale highlight the potential top sellers at the Aug. 8 session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.
Fasig-Tipton doled out the hospitality for buyers and sellers over the weekend as a lead-up to the week's Saratoga selected yearling sale in which recent the recent trend of polarization between the top and bottom is expected to continue.
For John Stuart, the champion filly Stellar Wind, sold at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale for $40,000, epitomizes how the super-selectivity of yearling sales buyers can end up costing them the opportunity to purchase a future champion.
At last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale, Pat Costello’s Paramount Sales had an auction that most consignors can only dream about, with all nine horses offered sold.
When Gerry Dilger takes his Dromoland Farm consignment to the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale, he emphasizes quality over quantity. If last year’s results are any indication, there is something to be said for having a boutique group in a boutique sale.
Three sons of leading sire Tapit top the list of previously purchased horses that are pinhooks consigned to the Saratoga selected yearling sale.
An attorney for Charles “Chuck” Borell on Aug. 1 entered a plea of not guilty on his client’s behalf to 43 charges of second-degree animal cruelty in connection with the abandonment of horses at a farm in Central Kentucky.
On a stakes-loaded card for state-breds, trainer Todd Fincher dominated the July 31 program at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico.
A Kentucky judge has ruled that the manner in which a race result is depicted on historical racing machines to determine if a player has won or lost is not a factor in whether the electronic form of gaming is legal.
As volunteers continue to care for 28 horses apparently abandoned at a Central Kentucky farm, one of two individuals charged with animal cruelty in connection with the incident is scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday, Aug. 1.
First-crop European sire Frankel's fast start at stud could add to the appeal of two yearlings consigned to the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.
Only two races removed from her third grade I win, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Curalina takes a class drop and looms a huge standout in the four-horse field entered in the $200,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. III) July 31 at Saratoga Race Course.
Edward Clouston, runaway leader in the trainers’ standings at Mountaineer Racetrack, has been fined $1,500 and suspended 15 days for a medication violation, with an additional 30 days added as a result having two offenses within a 365-day period.
July 24 was a red-letter day at Saratoga Race Course for Preston Madden and his son Patrick.
Lexington agent Pete Bradley enjoyed a big day at Saratoga Race Course July 23, with a grade I win by Dacita in the Diana, and two horses he bought and sold finishing first and second in the grade III Sanford.
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