Headlines for Monday, September 14, 2009

  • Session 2: September Sale's Hot Prospects

    Here is a list of horses that consignors and buyers think could be standouts Sept. 15 during the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale in Lexington.

  • Keeneland September Sale: Day 1 Recap

    BloodHorse.com News Editor Ron Mitchell recaps the disappointing first day of the Keeneland September Sale, plus an interview with Frank Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency.

  • Hip 141, a half-brother to dual champion Ashado, was bought by agent Demi O'Byrne for $925,000 during the first session of the Keeneland September sale.

    Unbridled's Song Colt Sells for $925,000

    A half-brother to dual champion Ashado was bought by agent Demi O'Byrne for $925,000, top price during the first session of the Keeneland sale Sept. 14.

  • A filly by Giant's Causeway produced from Horse of the Year Azeri brought a top price of $800,000 during the first session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

    Azeri's Filly Sells for $800,000 at Keeneland

    A filly by Giant's Causeway produced from Horse of the Year Azeri brought a top price of $800,000 from Robert and Lawana Low during the first session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

  • Hip No. 39, a Speightstown colt consigned by Dromoland Farm, sold for $700,000 during the first session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

    Speightstown Yearling Colt Brings $700,000

    Agent John Ferguson, accompanied by client Sheikh Mohammed, went to $700,000 to purchase Hip No. 39, a Speightstown colt consigned by Dromoland Farm, at the first session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 14.

  • Hoosier Puts Bit More Pressure on Kentucky

    Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced purse increase that has put purses about 20% higher than they were when its meet began July 30. Thus far, the Indiana track has paid about $30,000 more a day than Turfway Park in neighboring Kentucky.

  • Hip No. 27, a colt by Storm Cat, went for $450,000 at the Keeneland September Sale.

    'Bargain' Storm Cat Colt Brings $450,000

    Calling it a bargain, Wyoming horse owner William J. Sims went to $450,000 to acquire a colt by Storm Cat to highlight the early portion of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 14.

  • Gus Koch

    Koch to Retire as Claiborne's Farm Manager

    Gus Koch, the manager of the Hancock family's historic Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., will retire at the end of the Keeneland September yearling sale. He was named the Farm Manager of the Year by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club in 2004, and he is a past president of the organization.

  • Burning Keeneland Questions and Some Answers

    One day prior to the Sept. 14 start of the Keeneland September yearling sale in Lexington, there was a lot of uncertainty about how the market would perform at a time when the economy was continuing to struggle. There also were some questions about what was going on around the sale grounds. Here they are, and here are their answers.

  • Abandoned Horse Teleconference Scheduled Oct. 6

    <P>Amidst reports of horses being abandoned due to the struggling economy, the University of Illinois Extension has scheduled a telephone conference on October 6 from 6:30 to 8:00p.m. to address this issue. <P>"Horses and other animals are suffering from the economic downturn right along with their owners," said Ellen Phillips, U of I Extension educator...

  • Racehorse Retraining Symposium Coming to Maryland

    <P>A training symposium focusing on retraining the retired racehorse will be offered by professional three-day event rider and clinician Steuart Pittman Oct. 4 in Crownsville, Md. <P>The purpose of this event is to demonstrate the skills that a rider needs to train a retired racehorse and to promote these generous athletes. <P>In the first segment, Pi...