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Impulsive Dream Tops Magic Millions Sale

Impulsive Dream, a winning daughter of Encosta de Lago, will join trainer Lee Freedman's stable after selling for the top price of Aust$550,000 ($458,205 in U.S. funds) Aug. 16 during the Magic Millions August Thoroughbred sale on Australia's Gold Coast. Former trainer and now Melbourne-based bloodstock agent Bill Mitchell purchased the 3-year-old filly on behalf of breeder and high profile businessman Sean Buckley.

Ferguson Buys Arqana Sale Session Topper

Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock manager, John Ferugson, who was the biggest spender at the recent Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling auction, was busy again Aug. 14 during the opening session of the Arqana's Deauville August yearling sale in France. He bought the session-topping Storm Cat colt for 900,000 Euros ($1,282,860 in U.S. funds) from Etreham.

South African Sale Gross, Average Rise

Trainer Dominic Zaki and his patrons were the keenest buyers Aug. 14 during a surprisingly lively first session of the Emperors Palace national sale of 2-year-olds held in South Africa the TBA Sales Complex in Gosforth Park. Zaki secured the two top lots, helping to boost the gross revenue to R8.37 million ($1,044,519 in U.S. funds), an increases from last year's R8.2 million. The average price of R82,871 ($10,342) was up 3% from 2008.

Inglis Sale Clearance Rate 90%

The two-day William Inglis & Son Melbourne August mixed sale ended Aug. 14 with a gross of Aust$2,907,550 ($2,439,202 in U.S. funds) for the 366 horses that sold. The average price was Aust$7,944 ($6,664), and the clearance rate was 90%.

Exporting Horses to Mexico Made Easier

Due to the current Contagious Equine Metritis outbreak, the United States and Mexico have been in negotiations over the protocol requirements for exporting horses from the U.S. into Mexico.

Burgeis Stands Out In Australia

The stakes-winning filly Burgeis brought Aust$310,000 ($256,525 in U.S. funds) Aug. 13 to top the opening session of the William Inglis & Son Melbourne August mixed sale in Australia. James Bester Bloodstock purchased the 4-year-old daughter of Catbird from Blue Gum Farm.

Jockeys' Challenge to be Held in Turkey

Jockeys' Challenge to be Held in Turkey

On Aug. 14, Turkish horseracing fans will be in for a treat as some of world's best riders arrive at Istanbul for the International Jockeys' Challenge to be held under lights at night races at Istanbul Veliefendi Racecourse, the International Arena of Turkish Horseracing.

Gross Rises 45.6% at Saratoga Sale

Gross Rises 45.6% at Saratoga Sale

Fasig-Tipton officials worked hard, and Sheikh Mohammed shopped hard. The end result was a soaring Saratoga select yearling sale that provided its participants with a brief, two-evening respite from all the bad news generated by a struggling Thoroughbred industry that is reeling from a global financial crisis and its own internal problems. In a performance most unusual in these difficult economic times, the auction enjoyed upswings from 2008 of 45.6% in gross revenue, 11.1% in average price, and 9.9% in median price.

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