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  • 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.

  • Va Bank

    Team Valor Acquires Half in Unbeaten Va Bank

    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.

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    Hip 48 - Keeneland September Sale 2016

    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.

  • 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.

  • Toews On Ice

    Toews On Ice Possibly Heading to New Mexico

    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.

  • September 30, 1967

    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

  • 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.

  • Da Big Hoss scores a repeat victory in the Kentucky Turf Cup

    Another Big Win for Da Big Hoss

    "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 wins the 2016 Arlington-Washington Futurity

    Wellabled, Diadura Turn Heads at Arlington

    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.

  • Keeneland Sale Preview

    Keeneland September Sale Preview

    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

  • Watchyourownbobber rolls home to win the More Than Ready Stakes

    Watchyourownbobber Proves More Than Ready

    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.

  • Stellar Wind, inside, works Sept. 10 at Santa Anita Park

    Stellar Wind, Nyquist, Arrogate Work in SoCal

    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 wins the 2016 Matron Stakes in England

    Alice Springs Earns Breeders' Cup Return

    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.

  • 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.

  • Owner Robert Masterson

    Masterson Realizes Uniqueness of Tepin

    Robert Masterson has never had a horse like Tepin, the superstar mare who will carry his colors in next Saturday’s $1 million Grade 1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile while seeking her eighth consecutive victory for trainer Mark Casse.

  • Christophe Soumillon celebrates after winning the Irish Champion Stakes aboard Almanzor

    Almanzor Thrives in Irish Champion Stakes

    Travel proved no problem for French classic winner Almanzor, as he finished well to secure a three-quarter-length victory over top filly Found in a particularly strong edition of the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I) Sept. 10 at Leopardstown.

  • Palentino upsets Black Heart Bart in the Makybe Diva Stakes

    Astern, Palentino Score in Australia Races

    In Australia's biggest races Sept. 10, Astern secured the first group I win of his career in the Golden Rose Stakes (Aus-I) at Rosehill while Palentino upset stablemate Black Heart Bart in the Makybe Diva Stakes (Aus-I) at Flemington.

  • West Coast Indy comes home strong to become the first winner for Northern Indy

    Northern Indy Gets First Winner

    California sire Northern Indy got his first winner on the racetrack Sept. 9 at Golden Gate Fields, where Remmah Racing's 2-year-old gelding West Coast Indy won a maiden claiming race to kick off the Friday card.

  • Beholder breezes at Santa Anita Park Sept. 9

    Beholder Works, Zenyatta Stakes Likely Next

    After her second work since a second-place run in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), trainer Richard Mandella is leaning toward running Spendthrift Farm's Beholder in the Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.

  • RMTC Committee Accredits New York Laboratory

    The Horseracing Testing Laboratory Committee of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) met Sept. 9 and voted to fully accredit the New York Drug Testing Laboratory (NYDTL) pursuant to the RMTC laboratory accreditation program.

  • John Dowd is best known for training grade II winner Songandaprayer, shown leading early in the 2001 Kentucky Derby

    Trainer John Dowd Returns to Winner's Circle

    New Jersey native John Dowd has called Florida home since training Fountain of Youth (gr. II) winner Songandaprayer, and after taking a break to help raise his family, he is back conditioning in the Sunshine State.

  • Enola Gray

    Enola Gray Tries Open Company at Los Al

    After a minor illness knocked her out of the Torrey Pines (gr. III) at Del Mar Aug. 28, Nick Alexander's undefeated Enola Gray will take another shot at her first start against open company Sept. 11 in the Beverly J. Lewis Stakes.