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  • Hip #1014; Danceinthesunlight (A. P. Indy - Dancethruthedawn by Mr. Prospector) brought $675,000 to start off day 4 at the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

    Keeneland Day Four Gets Underway

    Sam-Son Farm-bred Danceinthesunlight, the first horse through the sales ring, got the fourth session of the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale off to a strong start Nov. 6 when she was purchased by Southern Equine for $675,000.

  • Hip #777; My White Corvette (Tarr Road - Wind Chime by Marfa), dam of Stardom Bound, brought $825,000 to top Day 3 of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

    Keeneland Suffers More Setbacks

    The marketplace continued to take a pounding from negative economic forces outside the Thoroughbred industry during the third day of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in Lexington. Compared to 2007, the Nov. 5 session was down 42.1% in gross revenue, 33.3% in average price, and 36.5% in median price. The buy-back rate soared from 20.9% last year to 28.2% this year.

  • Multiple graded stakes winner My Princess Jess faces 10 in the Mrs. Revere Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5260964%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Tagg Eyes Second Straight Mrs. Revere

    Trainer Barclay Tagg will attempt to saddle consecutive winners of the Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) when he sends out multiple graded stakes winner My Princess Jess in the 1 1/16-mile turf event Nov. 8 at Churchill Downs.

  • Patrick Biancone at the Keeneland November Sale.

    Biancone Buys Baroness Thatcher

    Trainer Patrick Biancone went to $1.8 million to acquire grade III winner Baroness Thatcher during the late portion of day two of the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 4 at the Central Kentucky auction house.

  • A. P. Indy

    A.P. Indy Remains at $300,000

    A.P. Indy, who shared top billing with Storm Cat and Distorted Humor with a $300,000 stud fee in 2008, now has the top all to himself in 2009 at that price.

  • Mushka was the sales topper midway through the second day of the Keeneland November Sale.

    Mushka Sells for $2.4 Million

    Grade II winner Mushka was purchased by Elizabeth Moran's Brushwood Stable for $2.4 million to keep the second session of the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale rolling along Nov. 4 at the Central Kentucky auction house.

  • Lady Joanne, hip 381, brings $1.25 million during the Nov. 4 morning session of the Keeneland Sale.

    Lady Joanne Goes for $1.25 Million

    Adena Springs' Frank Stronach went to $1.25 million to acquire grade I winner Lady Joanne in foal to Mr. Greeley to kick start the second session of the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 4 at the Central Kentucky auction house.

  • Medaglia d'Oro

    Medaglia d'Oro to Stand for $40,000

    Audrey Haisfield's Stonewall Farm Stallions, located near Versailles, Ky., announced that first-crop sire Medaglia d'Oro will stand once again for $40,000.

  • Hystericalady, brought top price of $3 million.

    Keeneland November Sale Slumps at Start

    The opening session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale generated some fireworks, but the results were a lot less spectacular than in 2007 when the gross revenue ($109,064,000) and the number of horses sold for $1 million or more apiece (28) established world Thoroughbred auction records for a single sale session. Also last year, Playful Act set a $10.5-million world mark for a broodmare or broodmare prospect, which since has been eclipsed by Better Than Honour's $14-million price.

  • Eight Belles' dam Away sells for $2.5 million at Keeneland Nov. 3.

    Dam of Eight Belles Brings $2.5 Million

    Away, the dam of the ill-fated Eight Belles, was purchased for $2.5 million during the opening session of the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 3 at the Central Kentucky auction house.

  • Hip 215, a granddaughter of Better Than Honour, sold for $1.475 million Nov. 3 at Keeneland.

    Filly Out of Teeming Brings $1.475

    On the heels of Better Than Honour selling for $14 million, a bay filly out of her daughter, Teeming, sold to Reiley McDonald of Eaton Sales for $1.475 million late in the opening session of the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 3.

  • Student Council shown winning the Pimlico Special. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4532482%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Grade I Winner Student Council Retired

    Grade I winner and millionaire Student Council has been retired from racing for stallion duty at Ro Parra's Millennium Farms Kentucky near Lexington.

  • Shadow Cast brought $2.3 million during the Monday, Nov. 3 afternoon session at Keeneland.

    Shadow Cast Sells for $2.3 Million

    Representing Sheikh Mohammed, John Ferguson went to $2.3 million to acquire grade I winner Shadow Cast during the afternoon portion of the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 3 at the Central Kentucky auction house.

  • Hystericalady in the Keeneland sales ring Nov. 3.

    Hystericalady Brings $3 Million

    Selling as a racing or broodmare prospect, grade I winner Hystericalady was purchased by Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock advisor, John Ferguson, for $3 million during the early portion of the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

  • Diamond Necklace in the Keeneland Sales ring Nov. 3.

    Diamond Necklace Sells for $1.3 Million

    Diamond Necklace, carrying a foal by Giant's Causeway, brought $1.3 million to get the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale off to a good start Nov. 3 at the Central Kentucky auction house.

  • Ermine in the Keeneland barn area prior to selling for $1.3 million on Nov. 3.

    Ermine Brings $1.3 Million at Keeneland

    Ermine, winner of the 2007 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I), sold for $1.3 million early during the Nov. 3 opening session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in Lexington. Shunsuke Yoshida signed the sale ticket, acting on behalf of his father, Katsumi Yoshida, who owns Northern Farm in Japan.

  • Better Than Honour sold for $14 million at Fasig-Tipton.

    Better Than Honour Sets World Record

    Even though we're in the midst of a global financial crisis, a special horse can still bring a jaw-dropping amount. Better Than Honour, the dam of back-to-back Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winners Jazil and champion Rags to Riches, set a world Thoroughbred auction record for a broodmare or broodmare prospect Nov. 2 when her price soared to $14 million during the Fasig-Tipton November select mixed sale in Lexington.

  • Leah's Secret holds off Unforgotten to win the Chilukki Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs.

    Leah's Secret Too Tough in Chilukki Win

    Leah's Secret, up against an easier field than she faced in two starts this summer, drew clear in the stretch and held off the late charge of Unforgotten to win the $170,400 Chilukki Stakes (gr. II) by a half-length at Churchill Downs Nov. 2.

  • Capt. Candyman Can takes the Iroquois under Julien Leparoux.

    Capt. Candyman Can Takes Iroquois

    Capt. Candyman Can took over approaching the turn, maintained a narrow advantage at the top of the lane and repelled a bid from Monty's Best in the final furlong to take the $111,100 Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) by three lengths Nov. 1 on "Stars of Tomorrow" day at Churchill Downs.

  • Keeneland Sale Faces Economic Hurdles

    Consignors are steeling themselves and their clients for a significant downturn in the market at Keeneland's breeding stock sale, which starts Nov. 3 in Lexington and runs for 15 days. But they also are hoping that the drop in prices will bring out the bargain hunters, who could help reduce the severity of the setbacks, which seem inevitable during the current global financial crisis and Thoroughbred auction slump.

  • Stardom Bound is one of the grade I winners to be offered at the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November select sale.

    Confidence High at FT November Sale

    A small catalogue of boutique offerings combined with a dash of confidence from sale company officials and consignors could be the just the right recipe for the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November select sale. The one-day auction begins at 3 p.m. at the sale company's Newtown Paddocks near Lexington.

  • Better Than Honour

    Better Than Honour: A Rare Jewel

    Amongst all the equine sapphires and emeralds selling at the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November select mixed sale, breeders are also going to be offered the chance to buy the equine equivalent of the Hope Diamond.

  • Alysheba arrives at the Kentucky Horse Park on October 31, 2008.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6546991%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Alysheba Arrives at Kentucky Horse Park

    Two-time champion and 1988 Horse of the Year Alysheba returned to his Kentucky roots Oct. 31 and took up residence at the Kentucky Horse Park's Hall of Champions, where he will be admired by the fans he thrilled in his Hall of Fame career.

  • Vacare, shown winning the 2008 Palomar Handicap, has been scratched from the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

    Vacare Scratched from Keeneland Sale

    Vacare, winner of the 2006 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (gr. IT) and an earner of $1,123,706, has been scratched from the Keeneland November breeding stock sale because of the struggling economy and downturns at many recent Thoroughbred auctions, said the mare's co-owner, Jon Kelly, Oct. 30.

  • Kafwain

    Kafwain to Stand at Hurstland

    Tommy Town Thoroughbreds has purchased Kafwain from Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud. The 8-year-old son of Cherokee Run will stand in 2009 at Alfred H. Nuckols Jr.'s Hurstland Farm near Midway, Ky.

  • Copper State takes on 10 rivals in the Chilukki Stakes.

    Copper State Hopes to Break Through

    Millennium Farms' Copper State, a bridesmaid in four consecutive stakes efforts, will finally try to get over the hump Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs when she takes on 10 rivals in the $150,000 Chilukki Stakes (gr. II), a one-mile main track test for fillies and mares.

  • Alwajeeha won the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (gr. IT) at Keeneland.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6280330%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Alwajeeha Retired

    Grade I winner Alwajeeha has been retired from racing to become a broodmare for owner Sheikh Hamdan at his Shadwell Farm near Lexington.

  • Tapit

    Tapit's Fee Increased to $35,000

    Tapit, whose daughter Stardom Bound won the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), will stand in 2009 for a fee of $35,000, up from $12,500 in 2008.

  • Ready's Image

    Ready's Image Headed for Walmac Farm

    Ready's Image, a triple stakes winner by More Than Ready who won the Tremont and Sanford (gr. II) at 2, will stand at Walmac Farm in 2009.

  • Stormy Atlantic

    Stormy Atlantic Stays at $45,000

    John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms, located near Lexington, has announced that Stormy Atlantic's 2009 stud fee will remain the same at $45,000.

  • Into Mischief won the Cash Call Futurity (gr. I) at Hollywood Park.

    Three to Stand at Spendthrift

    Graded stakes winners Into Mischief, Tiz Wonderful, Notional will enter stud in 2009 at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm near Lexington.

  • Street Boss captured the Triple Bend Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5033316%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Street Boss Retires to Darley

    Street Boss, one of the year's leading sprinters, has been retired for stallion duty in 2009 at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley near Lexington.

  • 2-time Breeders' Cup Sprint Winner Midnight Lute<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6473503%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Midnight Lute to Hill 'n' Dale

    Midnight Lute, the only horse to win the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) twice, has been retired from racing and will stand at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington in 2009.

  • KY Identifies Problems, But Needs Money

    The Governor's Task Force on Racing in Kentucky is close to preparing and releasing a report pinpointing problems and offering recommendations that ultimately will require a lot of money -- something in short supply given an ongoing budget crunch.

  • Street Cry

    Street Cry's Fee Rises to $150,000

    Darley America has announced the stud fees for its 16 stallions for the 2009 breeding season. All stallions, with the exception of Street Cry, Elusive Quality, and E Dubai, have had their fees reduced from their 2008 levels.

  • Invasor (ARG)

    Invasor's Fee Drops to $28,000

    North American 2006 Horse of the Year Invasor, who began his stallion career in 2008 for $35,000 at Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Farm near Lexington, will stand in 2009 for $28,000.

  • Malibu Moon

    Malibu Moon to Remain at $40,000

    Malibu Moon, whose progeny earnings have reached $4.3 million this year, will stand for $40,000 in 2009 at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm near Lexington.

  • Zavata

    Grade II Winner Zavata to Pin Oak Lane

    Multiple graded stakes winner Zavata will stand the 2009 breeding season at Dr. William J. Solomon's Pin Oak Lane Farm near New Freedom, Pa.

  • Distorted Humor

    Distorted Humor's Fee Drops

    WinStar Farm has announced that Distorted Humor, North America's leading sire by number of stakes winners in 2005, '06, and '07, will stand the 2009 breeding season for a $225,000 stud fee.

  • Ginger Punch<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4832731%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Champion Ginger Punch Retired

    Ginger Punch, last year's champion older female, has been retired from racing to become a broodmare for breeder/owner Frank Stronach.

  • Kentucky Tightens Incentive Fund Rules

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted Oct. 27 to recommend revised regulations designed to protect non-race breeds that participate in the multi-breed incentive fund authorized by the state legislature.

  • Aldebaran

    Aldebaran Headed to Japan

    Darby Dan Farm has announced that a purchase agreement has been reached between the Aldebaran Syndicate and the Japan Racing Association.

  • Keeneland Attendance, Handle Decline

    Keeneland closed its 2008 fall season on Saturday, Oct. 25, with near-record attendance for the 17-day race meeting that began Oct. 3. On-track handle fell 8.3% and all-source wagering was down 17.8%.

  • Churchill ADW Signal Still in Limbo

    Churchill Downs said Oct. 24 it has not yet received consent from horsemen to distribute its racing signal to national advance deposit wagering sites for its fall meet, which starts Oct. 26.

  • Magna Graduate heads a compact field in the Ack Ack at Churchill Downs Oct. 29. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D979269%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Magna Graduate Tops Ack Ack Field

    Magna Graduate, a multiple graded stakes winner who has amassed nearly $2.2 million in career earnings, will look to snap a losing streak as he faces five rivals in the $100,000-added Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III), the featured event on the opening day of Churchill Downs Oct. 26-Nov. 29 Fall Meet.