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  • Hip 561, a colt by Tapit, brought $2 million

    Eaton’s Tapit Colt Lights Up Bid Board

    A Tapit colt who is a half brother to multiple grade I winner Mucho Macho Man lit up the Keeneland bid board when purchased by Bridlewood Farm and M. V. Magnier for $2 million during the Sept. 14 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

  • Hip 467, a War Front colt, brought $1.3 million

    War Front Colt Goes for $1.3M at Keeneland

    A War Front colt produced from the two-time grade I-winning A.P. Indy mare Love and Pride became the second seven-figure yearling Sept. 13 at the Keeneland September yearling sale when purchased by Shadwell Estate Co. for $1.3 million.

  • Hip 454, a half brother to champion Beholder and grade I-winning sire Into Mischief, brought $3 million Sept. 14

    Beholder's Half Brother Brings $3 Million

    Clarkland Farm hit another home run at the Keeneland September yearling sale when a half brother to three-time champion Beholder and to grade I winner and sire Into Mischief was purchased by M. V. Magnier for Coolmore interests for $3 million.

  • Wayne Sweezey.

    Sweezey Explains Havre de Grace Colt Faux Pas

    Wayne Sweezey had a sleepless night Sept. 13, after a well-bred horse he consigned to the Tuesday session of the Keeneland September yearling sale went unsold following a rare mistake by the well-respected horseman.

  • The new sale topper, a Tapit colt out of the grade I winner Hooh Why, brought $1.2 million.

    New Sale Topper, High-Priced RNA at Keeneland

    The Keeneland September yearling sale's second session offered plenty of excitement: a new sale topper, an expensive buy-back that turned out to be a mistake, two high-priced yearlings sold by Airdrie Stud, and a continued uptick in prices.

  • Hip 399 in the ring

    Tapit Colt New Sale Topper at $1.2 Million

    They saved the best for last during the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale when a colt by Tapit out of the grade I winner Hooh Why was bought by Crupi's New Castle Farm for $1.2 million.

  • Havre de Grace's Son a $1.9 Million RNA

    The first colt produced from Horse of the Year Havre de Grace was bought back by Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm for $1.9 million during the Sept. 13 second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

  • Hip 305, a War Front colt, brought $900,000

    Another Airdrie Yearling for $900,000

    Brereton C. Jones' Airdrie Stud had its second $900,000 yearling sale during the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 13 when Japan-based Shadai Farm went to that level for a War Front colt.

  • Tapit colt from Eaton Sales

    Eaton’s Tapit Colt Attracting Attention

    A striking gray Tapit colt who is a half brother to multiple grade I winner Mucho Macho Man is among the top horses to watch for during the Sept. 14 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

  • Hip 207 in the ring

    Tapit Colt Lights Up Bid Board Early

    One of the best-bred Tapits in the Keeneland September yearling sale catalog lit up the bid board early during the Sept. 13 second session, selling for $900,000 to William Mack and Robert Baker.

  • Hip 48 was the Day 1 sale topper

    Solid Start to Keeneland September Sale

    Boosted by a broad-based international buying bench and the appeal of top-caliber sires Medaglia d’Oro, Tapit, and War Front, the marathon Keeneland September yearling sale had a solid opening Sept. 12.

  • Hip 166 sold for $900,000 at Keeneland Sept.

    Ferguson to $900,000 for War Front Filly

    A War Front filly who is from the family of recent group I winner Churchill became the second-highest-priced offering at the Keeneland September yearling sale when agent John Ferguson went to $900,000.

  • Hip 48 Medaglia d'Oro colt in the ring

    Magnier Acquires Medaglia d'Oro Colt for $1M

    A Medaglia d'Oro colt became the first seven-figure purchase during the first session of the Keeneland September yearling sale. M. V. Magnier of Coolmore Stud bought the colt for $1 million early during the Sept. 12 session.

  • Havre de Grace's Son Tops Day 2 Prospects

    A War Front colt produced from Havre de Grace and a Bernardini colt who is a half brother to the Horse of the Year are among the top horses to watch during the Sept. 13 second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

  • Keeneland September Sale

    Hips to Watch—Keeneland September Day 1

    With so many siblings and half siblings to top-class runners and so many yearlings sired by the world’s leading sires, winnowing down the list of top horses to watch to light up the Keeneland September sale bid board can be a daunting task.

  • Can Keeneland Buck the Sales Trend?

    If success on the racetrack transcends into success in the sales ring, Keeneland is well-poised to have a successful marathon September yearling sale that could end the downward spiral experienced by previous sales this year.

  • Three high-priced Pioneerof the Nile weanlings will be offered as yearlings at Keeneland September.

    Top Pinhook Prospects at Keeneland September

    Three colts sired by Pioneerof the Nile are among the top 10 pinhook prospects for the marathon Keeneland September yearling sale based on their respective purchase prices when they initially went through the sales ring as weanlings.

  • Two Fillies Share Top Price at CTHS Sale

    Fillies by Silent Name and Justin Phillip shared top price of CAN$95,000 ($72,485) during the Sept. 1 Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Ontario Division Canadian preferred yearling sale.

  • Madame Cactus, owned by VinMar Farm, wins 2013 Lexus Raven Run Stakes at Keeneland

    Keeneland to Handle VinMar Dispersal

    VinMar Farm near Versailles, Ky., has decided to disperse, with horses to be sold at Keeneland’s September yearling sale and November breeding stock sale, which begins Nov. 8. St. George Sales will handle the dispersal.

  • Hip 92, produced from the unraced Mineshaft mare Fast Find and a full brother to Texas stakes winners Scooter’s Choice and Shaded, was purchased by Danny Pish for $105,000 to top the yearling session,

    Too Much Bling Yearlings Top Texas Sale

    The first yearling sale held in Texas since 2014 was conducted Aug. 29 at Lone Star Park, topped by a colt and a filly by the state’s leading sire Too Much Bling that sold as part of the dispersal of Lane’s End Texas.

  • Drefong after Aug. 27 King's Bishop Stakes win

    Drefong's Win a Boost for Machmer Hall

    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.

  • John Veitch

    Veitch's Suspension Sent Back to KHRC

    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.

  • OBS Numbers Plummet During Open Session

    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.

  • The OBS August Sale

    Mineshaft Colt Tops OBS Day 3 Watch List

    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.

  • Hip 24, a son of Flatter, topped the OBS selected yearling sale Aug. 23

    Flatter Colt Tops OBS Select Yearling Session

    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.

  • Hips to Watch at OBS August Sale Day 2

    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.

  • Al Pike

    Pinhookers Still Major Market Players

    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.

  • Hip 24 by Flatter out of Madoffwiththecash

    Hips to Watch at OBS Select Yearling Session

    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.

  • OBS is set for its August yearling sale

    OBS Sale Next Test of Yearling Market

    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.

  • Inside Straight wins Manitoba Derby.

    Inside Straight Trumps Canadian Derby Field

    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.

  • Stuart Morris and clients bypassed the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale and chose OBS for their Flatter pinhook

    Flatter Colt Tops OBS Pinhook Prospects

    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

  • Hip 458 was the sale topper at $450,000

    Uncle Mo Colt Sets F-T New York-Bred Record

    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.

  • Hip 490 sold for $335,000

    Upstart's Half Brother to Trainer Rice

    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.

  • Hip 458 sells for $450,000

    Dobson Acquires Uncle Mo Colt for $450,000

    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.

  • Hip 385 sold for $375,000

    City Zip Colt Brings $375,000 at NY-Bred 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.

  • Tree on roof of Barn 4.

    Sale Buzz About the Storm, Postponement

    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.

  • A tree falls in a storm at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga.

    Storm Postpones Fasig-Tipton NY-Bred Sale

    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.

  • Sales barn at the Fasig-Tipton NY-bred sale in Saratoga

    New York-Bred Yearling Sale on a Roll

    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.

  • The Fasig-Tipton sale of New York-bred yearlings begins Aug. 13

    Hips to Watch in New York-Bred Sale Day 1

    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.

  • Hip 191, a filly by Medaglia d'Oro, topped the sale at $1.45 million.

    F-T Saratoga Sale Posts Modest Declines

    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.

  • Hip 164, a half brother to Princess of Sylmar, brought $800,000

    Another Tapit Brings Big Number at F-T

    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.