The fireworks started early during the Nov. 11 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale when Evelyn Benoit’s Star Guitar Inc. went to $850,000 to acquire Moment of Majesty, a daughter of Saint Liam in foal to Curlin.
Gaineway's Tapit retains his title for 2017 as the highest-priced stallion in North America with a fee of $300,000. The following is cumulative list of the fees announced through Nov. 11 for stallions standing in Central Kentucky.
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Claire Novak recaps Day 3 of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale including a look at some of the top hips, and comments from Patrick Lawley-Wakelin and Walker Hancock. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency
The opening Book 2 Keeneland November breeding stock sale session saw strong interest in broodmares and broodmare prospects—helped in part by a Phipps Stable reduction—as sale numbers improved compared with the same session in 2015.
Jumping heavily into both the Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland November sales, the China Horse Club has spent more than $9 million in a matter of days on mares to support their interests in U.S. stallions.
The members of the newly formed Horse People's Alliance of Ontario, which represents Thoroughbred, Standardbred, and Quarter Horse stakeholders throughout the Canadian province, have taken another step forward by forming an advisory committee.
Jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital for further evaluation Nov. 10, following an accident in the fourth race at Churchill Downs.
Easy Feeling, a young Elusive Quality mare in foal to War Front, sold for $650,000 Nov. 10 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, becoming the session topper for horses sold through 5 p.m. ET.
Sing Baby Sing, a grade III-winning son of Unbridled's Song, has been relocated from Texas to Madison County Thoroughbreds near Macksburg, Iowa.
An experienced group of nine will line up Nov. 12 for the $200,000 Red Smith (gr. IIIT) at Aqueduct Racetrack going 1 3/8 miles on the turf, led by Michael Dubb, Sheep Pond Partners, and Bethlehem Stables' grade I winner Wake Forest.
A balanced field of nine Ontario-bred juveniles, including stakes winner Pachi Cruze, are set to go to post in the $250,000 Coronation Futurity going 1 1/8 miles over the Woodbine main track Nov. 13.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Discovery Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park.
Hit It a Bomb, a son of War Front and winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT), has been retired and will stand in 2017 at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm near Lexington. He will be part of the 'Share the Upside' program.
Tepin exited her runner-up effort in the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) behind Tourist well, according to Norman Casse and could make one more start in the $2.967 million Longines Hong Kong Mile (HK-I) on Dec. 11 at Sha Tin Racecourse.
While there are no guarantees, the door has been left open for Suffolk Downs to continue to offer a limited number of live racing days beyond the 2017 season.
The original plan was for Nuovo Record to run in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), then stop over and train at Del Mar for next month's Longines Hong Kong Cup (HK-I).
Gainesway released its 2017 fees Nov. 10, which includes a reduced fee to $85,000 for Empire Maker.
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Sea Island, a 7-year-old daughter of Pulpit and part of the Phipps Stable reduction, sold for $480,000 during the first session of Book 2 of Keeneland’s November breeding stock sale. The ticket was signed by Elliott Walden, president of WinStar Farm.
Multiple graded stakes winner Ironicus has been retired and will enter stud at Claiborne Farm for 2017, it was announced Nov. 10. The son of Distorted Humor will command a $7,500 fee.
Bedouin Bloodstock-consigned Bryan's Jewel commanded a session-leading $580,000 in mid-afternoon Nov. 10 during the first session of Book 2 of the Keeneland November sale.
After a break that followed starts in all three Canadian Triple Crown races, Queen's Plate Stakes winner Sir Dudley Digges is scheduled to make his racing return Nov. 12 in the Commonwealth Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.
Breeder Charles Fipke went to $530,000 to purchase 2005 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Pleasant Home in early trading during Book 2 of the Keeneland November sale.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner dethrones California Chrome, who led eight previous editions of this year's Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings.
Racing, like football, is a game of inches, a sport wherein slight margins can mean the difference between glory and defeat. An example was the Nov. 12 Discovery Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct. By inches—a nose, in fact—the stakes went to Dynaformer.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak recaps day 2 of the Keeneland November sale including comments from Eaton Sales Principal Reiley McDonald, Hill 'n' Dale President John Sikura, and Keeneland Sales Director Geoffrey Russell. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency.
Topped by Unrivaled Belle at $3.8 million, the Nov. 9 second session of Keeneland's November breeding stock sale brought Book 1 to a close with average and median prices up over 2015 as the gross declined with considerably fewer head sold.
Ramsey Farm announced Nov. 9 that its flagship stallion Kitten's Joy's fee will remain unchanged at $100,000 for the 2017 breeding season.
Ithinkisawapudycat, the dam of grade I winner Sweet Loretta, was purchased by Marette Farrell, agent for Mount Brilliant Farm, for $2.2 million near the end of the second session of Keeneland’s November breeding stock sale.
Two-time grade I winner Jeranimo will stand the 2017 breeding season at John Harris's Harris Farms near Coalinga, Calif.
Feathered, a graded stakes winning, multiple graded-placed filly in foal to War Front, was bought by Jane Lyon's Summer Wind Farm for $2.35 million, becoming the fourth highest-priced offering at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Mr. Jordan began his career in the fall of 2014 with three straight wins, including a pair of impressive open-length stakes victories at Gulfstream Park West.
The demand for well-bred weanlings materialized late during the second session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale when Coolmore Stud’s M. V. Magnier went to $1.45 million to buy a son of War Front.
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Set to make his first start since a fourth-place run in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course this summer, Gift Box will headline a competitive field of 11 in the $150,000 Discovery (gr. III).
Millionaire Unrivaled Belle in foal to leading sire Tapit lit up the Keeneland bid board when the daughter of Unbridled’s Song was purchased for $3.8 million.
When his daughter Finest City pulled off the upset in the Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), she became the fourth Breeders' Cup winner sired by City Zip in the last three years.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Nov. 9 announced that 51 of the 54 federal candidates it supported during the 2015/2016 election cycle won their races Nov. 8.
A Tapit colt that is a half brother to champion and Lane's End stallion Honor Code sold to Chris Baccari for $1.05 million during the Nov. 9 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, the highest-priced weanling so far during the auction.
In theory, having Del Mar's 2015 Bing Crosby meeting open on the Thursday before the Breeders' Cup at Keeneland and mingling races with the event Friday and Saturday was supposed to be a business enhancer.
New Jersey voters overwhelmingly rejected a ballot measure to expand casino gambling into the northern part of the state that risked eroding revenues at nearby New York racetrack-based casinos, including at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Grade I winner Paola Queen was sold to SF Bloodstock for $1.7 million, the highest priced offering early during the Nov. 9 second session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Grade I-winning millionaire Haynesfield has been acquired by Climax Stallions, a new venture of Bob and Sean Feld, and will be relocated to Rancho San Miguel for the 2017 breeding season.
True Sweetheart wired a field of 11 2-year-old fillies at first asking Nov. 8 at Parx Racing, becoming the first winner for her sire, Uptowncharlybrown, with an emphatic 10-length victory.
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Whether or not you consider California Chrome, Songbird, Tepin, Lady Eli, and Found great horses, there is no arguing that greatness lives in all of them, whether they were defeated in the Breeders’ Cup or not.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak recaps day 1 of the Keeneland November sale including comments from Keeneland Sales Director Geoffrey Russell and Three Chimneys CCO Case Clay. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency.
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