Headlines for Monday, November 5, 2007

  • 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.

  • Video: Keeneland Nov - Day 1 Wrap

    BloodHorseNOW.com reporter Ron Mitchell interviews John Sikura of Hill 'n' Dale about the world record price set today and recaps the first day of the sale from Keeneland.

  • Grade II winner Spellbinder will stand at Stonewall Farm.

    Grade II Winner Spellbinder to Stonewall

    Grade II winner Spellbinder, whose half-brother Whywhywhy sired a 2007 Breeders' Cup winner from his first crop, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Audrey Haisfield's Stonewall Farm near Versailles, Ky.

  • Lots of Action as Keeneland Sale Begins

    The opening session of the 2007 Keeneland November mixed sale got off to a strong start Nov. 5 with a host of top-class broodmares and broodmare prospects selling for seven-figures during the first five hours of action.

  • TOBA Releases Schedule of Seminars for 2008

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association scheduled four new-owner seminars, a three-day breeding clinic, and two pedigree and conformation clinics for 2008.

  • The sale of Octave at Fasig Tipton generated plenty of controversy.

    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.

  • Better Talk Now will remain in training for a 9-year-old campaign in 2008.

    Better Talk Now Not Done Yet; Dubai Trip Eyed

    Better Talk Now, winner of the 2004 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), will remain in training for a 9-year-old campaign in 2008 and possibly travel to Dubai to run in March, trainer Graham Motion said Nov. 5.

  • Chatain will run next in the $300,000 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I).

    Prep Under Belt, Chatain Pointed to Cigar Mile

    Chatain, the winner of the Nov. 3 William Livingston Stakes at Meadowlands, will run next in the $300,000 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct Nov. 24, according to trainer Angel Penna Jr.

  • Virus Outbreak Does Little to Spoil Melbourne Cup

    The equine influenza outbreak has not been able to penetrate the outer shell of excellence of the Melbourne Cup (Aus-I). In fact, the Aus$5 million ($4.6million) Cup, at two miles Nov. 6, features as good a field as ever.