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.
Claire Novak recaps Day 2 of the 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale, including a look at some of the top sellers. Also includes comments from Geoffrey G. Russell, Keeneland Director of Sales. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency
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.
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.
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.
Sails through pre-Cotillion move Sept. 12
The week in photos has a major international flare this week, including Ireland, France, Korea plus several domestic races!
The European contingent for the Sept. 17 Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) program, which features three graded turf stakes, arrived late evening Sept. 12 following a flight from Amsterdam.
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.
The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program Sept. 13 announced the recipients of its two non-competition awards for 2016: the TIP Thoroughbred of the Year Award and the TIP Young Rider of the Year Award.
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.
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.
Claire Novak brings us the Keeneland September Yearling Sale session 1 numbers. Listen to Geoffrey Russell and Bob Elliston share thoughts on how session 1 finished and their projections for the rest of the sale. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales
Could prep in Oct. 2 Miss Grillo
Kentucky Downs has already smashed its single-season mark for wagering and still has the Sept. 15 card remaining in the all-grass track's five-date meet.
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.
A War Front filly who had a significant update in her pedigree became the second-highest priced offering at the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 12 when agent John Ferguson went to $900,000 to acquire the bay filly on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed
Son of War Front will stand at Rockridge Stud
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Flintshire and Lady Eli headed a sizable contingent of Chad Brown trainees breezing at Belmont Park Sept. 12.
The print edition of BloodHorse will be held a day to include a special report on the opening session of Keeneland's September yearling sale.
Shaman Ghost, Mubtaahij, Effinex lead cast
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.
Robert Masterson's Tepin put in her final work for the Sept. 17 Ricoh Woodbine Mile (gr. IT) Sept. 12, covering four furlongs in :49.71 on the turf training track at Saratoga Race Course.
Churchill Downs Inc. has teamed with the Japan Racing Association to create a series of races in Japan that could annually produce a starter in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Team Valor International has acquired a 50% interest in Poland-based Va Bank, a 4-year-old son of Archipenko, who is unbeaten in 12 career starts after winning the Preis der Sparkassen Finanzgruppe (Ger-III) Aug. 27 at Baden-Baden in Germany.
A Medaglia d'Oro colt became the first seven-figure offering during the first session of the Keeneland September yearling sale when he was bought by M. V. Magnier of Coolmore Stud for $1 million early during the Sept. 12 session.
Donegal Racing's Keen Ice continues to work well as the 2015 Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner prepares for a return to racing.
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.
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.
Karl Watson, Mike Pegram, and Paul Weitman's Toews On Ice set a track record Sept. 11 at Los Alamitos Race Course, but the Archarcharch colt may not carry the recognizable red and yellow silks in his next race.
- By Steve Haskin
The date September 30 is so ingrained in my mind I sometimes have to pause for a second so I don’t confuse it with the date of my wedding anniversary
The Keeneland September yearling sale that begins Sept. 12 features some of the hottest bloodlines in the world and has attracted top buyers from around the world.
Claiborne Farm's Bendable, off the first loss of her career, handed Enola Gray her first defeat Sept. 11 in the $75,000 Beverly J. Lewis Stakes at Los Alamitos Race Course.
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.
Trainer Mike Maker and jockey Florent Geroux swept the stakes events Sept. 11 at Kentucky Downs and did so as impressively as seemingly imaginable.
Hong Kong's first horse to race on South Korean soil becomes the first to win as he took the inaugural edition of the $700,000 race that covered 1,200 meters (about six furlongs).
A slow start only hampered Wicklow Brave for a moment Sept. 11 at the Curragh in the Palmerstown House Estate Irish St. Leger (Ire-I).
Wertheimer and Frere Left Hand and Haras de Saint Pair's Vadamos both broke through for their first top-level victories Sept. 11 at Chantilly.
- By Adam Spradling
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Thoroughbred Sales, Kentucky, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
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Zayat Stables was named the TOBA national owner of the year during its 31st annual awards ceremony Sept. 10 at Stonestreet Farm near Lexington.
"All I can say is he's the second-best marathon horse in the United States," said trainer Mike Maker, ceding the top position to five-time group/grade I winner Flintshire. "I think we just go right to the Breeders' Cup. He runs really well fresh."
Wellabled sailed over the Polytrack to earn his first stakes score in the Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III) and Diadura rolled to her first black-type with a win in the Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Northeast Region, Mid-Atlantic Region, Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding
Will retire to Country Life Farm Nov. 30.
Claire Novak previews the Keeneland September yearling sale, including highlighting some of the yearlings with famous relations. Also includes comments from Mark Taylor about the sale. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency
Super Derby Prelude winner Texas Chrome turned back in a month in the $400,000 Super Derby (gr. III) and bested grade III winners Dalmore and Mo Tom Sept. 10 at Louisiana Downs.
A weather delay of about 15 minutes didn't bother Watchyourownbobber in the More Than Ready Stakes, as the even-money favorite scored a clear victory in the one-mile test Sept. 10 at Kentucky Downs.
California Chrome wasn't the only star on the work tab Sept. 10 in Southern California. Champions of 2015 Stellar Wind and Nyquist both put in drills for upcoming starts, as did 2016 Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Arrogate.
Alice Springs could be Breeders' Cup-bound again via the Oct. 15 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I) after winning the Sept. 10 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes (Ire-I) with a powerful rally under Ryan Moore.
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.
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