Champion Xtra Heat failed to sell for $1.7 million at Fasig-Tipton's November select mixed sale.
A steady flow of trainers, breeders, and devout fans ventured out on a chilly Lexington Saturday morning in search of Xtra Heat.
Hopes are not running high among consignors and sale company officials going into the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, which kicks off its 10-day run Monday. But the mood in Central Kentucky is not gloom and doom either.
The Tattersalls autumn yearling sale finished with a flourish in England on Friday, establishing records for gross revenue, average price, and median price.
The Tattersalls Autumn yearling sale started in strong fashion Thursday in England, easily eclipsing last year's figures. The upswing included a record price for a yearling at the auction of 47,000 guineas ($76,845).
The Tattersalls autumn horses in training sale ended Thursday in England with its highest-ever gross revenue, average price, and median price. The previous marks all had been established during the 2000 renewal of the auction.
Frankies Dream, who has finished third in two group III events, brought the top price of 200,000 guineas (approximately $326,970) Wednesday during the third session of Tattersalls' Autumn horses in training sale in England.
The Barretts October mixed sale ended Tuesday in Southern California with big increases in gross revenue and average price. The number of horses sold and the median price also rose significantly.
Masani, who is group stakes-placed in Ireland, brought the top price of 250,000 guineas (approximately $409,448) during the second session Tuesday of Tattersalls' autumn horses in training sale in England.
Starine, who scored a surprise victory in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) , is headed to Kentucky. She is scheduled to be auctioned during Keeneland's November breeding stock sale.
High Commissioner, a 4-year-old stakes-placed son of Deputy Minister, sold for $100,000 to top the Fasig-Tipton New York horses of racing age sale Tuesday at Belmont Park.
Recent Irish Cesarewitch winner American Gothic brought the top price of 140,000 guineas (approximately $227,468) Monday during the opening session of the Tattersalls autumn horses in training sale in England.
The Barretts fall mixed sale posted significant across-the-board increases in its key business figures during the opening session Monday at Fairplex Park in Southern California.
Nineteen broodmares and fillies formerly owned by the late Prince Fahd Salman will be offered at the Tattersalls December sale in England.
Knight of Cups, a 2-year-old daughter of Basket Weave, brought the top price of $24,000 during the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association's mixed sale on Oct. 20 at Emerald Downs.
A 2003 no guarantee season to Mt. Livermore brought the top price of $22,500 during an online auction of mixed stock and stallion seasons that was conducted on Oct. 24 by Kentucky-based Equine Spectrum.
A Grand Slam colt out of the Lyphard mare Pracer bought a session-high price of $140,000 to top the final day of the 2002 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearling sale. The colt, which was consigned by Woods Edge Farm, was purchased by the Fustok family's Buckram Oak Farm.
A Kris S. filly from the family of champion Dancethruthedawn topped the first session of the 2002 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearling sale. The filly, purchased by Stewart Bainum's Dinwiddie Farm near Middleburg, Va., brought a top price of $300,000.
After 220 hips through the ring at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearlings sale, a filly from the family of Dancethruthedawn, hip #77, has brought the highest price of $300,000.
Stallion Access, a subsidiary of Fasig-Tipton Co., has catalogued 65 no-guarantee seasons and shares for its November sale of select seasons and shares.
The 2002 Tattersalls October yearling sale ended Saturday in England with a record average of 43,076 guineas (+24% on 2001), a best ever median of 30,000 guineas (+43%), and a gross of 30,196,500 guineas (+16%) that had only been bettered once before.
The Tattersalls October yearling sale in England was on course for a record average by the time business closed Friday night.
Last year's 26,055,700 guineas total Tattersalls October Yearling Sale turnover was passed Thursday night in Newmarket, England, and the record aggregate of 32,256,200 guineas achieved in 2000 could be reached with two more days to go.
The Tattersalls October yearling sale, the largest yearling sale in Europe, started in strong style on Tuesday in England.
Keeneland's October yearling sale was shorter and much smaller than when it was inaugurated a year ago. But the second edition, which was conducted on Tuesday in Central Kentucky, posted higher average and median prices than in 2001.
West Point Thoroughbreds, an American-based operation that puts together partnerships for racing and pinhooking, purchased two of the most expensive horses Saturday at the Emirates Racing Association's third Pearls of Dubai international sale in Dubai.
Trading at Goffs' flagship yearling auction, the Orby Sale, fell just behind the 2001 fixture when the two-day event finished at Kill, Co Kildare, in Ireland on Wednesday evening.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. concluded their four-day fall mixed sale with the second of two open sessions Thursday afternoon with continued gains in average, but a slight dip in median. After a pair of consignor preferred sessions recorded solid increases in both average and median, the two open sessions posted a raise in average of 3.4% over a year ago.
Artistic One, a mare by Copelan out of Artistic Miss, sold for $24,000 Thursday to top the final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's fall mixed auction in Central Florida.
Following the two-day Orby sale, there was a lively trade at the one-day Goffs Challenge Sale at Kill, Co Kildare, Ireland, Thursday with a 180,000 euros ($178,173) daughter of French stallion Highest Honor heading the way.
Tres Fine, a 3-year-old broodmare by Star of the Crop in foal to classic winner and champion Silver Charm, went to Marion G. Montanari for $42,000 to top the first of two open sessions of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s 2002 fall mixed sale. For the session, the 179 horses sold averaged $4,474, almost identical to the $4,490 average a year ago,
Beeper Alarm, a bay filly by General Meeting, brought the top price of $165,000 during the Barretts October preferred yearling sale Tuesday at Fairplex Park in Southern California.
The second day of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s Fall Mixed sale built on the strength it showed during the opening session on Oct. 8. While the opening session showed depth in the weaning end of the market, Tuesday session's breadth stretched to the mares as well. Tuesday was the second of two consignor-preferred sessions.
Timmy Hyde's Camas Park Stud consigned the top lot of the first day of the Goffs Orby Yealing Sale in Ireland, a Sadler's Wells colt out of the Shirley Heights mare Puck's Castle, who was sold for 825,000 euros ($808,335) to Demi O'Byrne, acting for the Michael Tabor/John Magnier partnership.
Showing continued strength in the middle market seen at Keeneland September and the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s fall mixed sale opened Monday with solid gains in both average and median. Monday's session, the first of two consignor preferred sessions, realized an average of $13,643 -- a 23.8% increase over last year's comparable figure of $11,019. The median, $9,500, posted a healthy 35.7% gain over last year's median of $7,000.
Multiple stakes winner Kane Ore brought the top price of 500,000 euros (approximately $489,780) during the Goffs Arc sale on Saturday at Longchamp in France.
Tattersalls' Houghton sale ended its two-day run in England Thursday with small increases in both its average and median, reversing a downward trend that has been seen at other select yearling auctions this year.
A sleek bay daughter of Sadler's Wells shattered the European record for a yearling filly sold at public auction when she brought the top price of 2.1 million guineas (approximately $3,451,350) Wednesday during the opening session of the Tattersalls Houghton sale in England.
The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale finished down just slightly in gross and average, but showed an increase in median price and had fewer buy backs. All in all, pleasing results in a down market.
The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall Yearling sale has shown strong numbers through the first two days of the three-day auction. On Monday and Tuesday, gross and average are up slightly, while the median is up significantly and the number of horses bought back is down. The sale ends today.
A Two Punch colt produced from the stakes winning Star de Naskra mare Five Star Night was purchased by McMahon Bloodstock for $105,000 to top Monday's opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic yearling sale in Timonium, Md.
Ask just about anybody about the Tattersalls Houghton sale, and they'll tell you that the catalogue for Europe's flagship yearling auction is one of the best in years. But ask them if that will translate into a boost in prices, and they reply, "Probably not."
Ireland's yearling auction season made an auspicious start Sept. 24 and 25 when the Tattersalls (Ireland) September select sessions posted record figures, from which graduates qualify for the Breeders' Stakes race, worth 300,000 euros.
Equine Spectrum sold 13 stallion seasons for a gross of $146,300 and an average price of $11,253 during an online auction Tuesday.
Keeneland will catalog 3,597 lots for the November breeding stock sale in Lexington. The number is down by 12.6% from last year's figure of 4,119.
The Barretts October mixed sale has 630 horses in its catalogue. The auction will be conducted Oct. 28 and 29 in Southern California.
Keeneland's second October yearling sale will catalogue substantially fewer horses than it did in 2001.
Keeneland sold 2,933 horses for $210,802,500 during the 12-day September Yearling Sale, which ended on Saturday.
A colt by Elusive Quality and a filly by Wolf Power each brought $95,000, highest price of Friday's session of Keeneland's September Yearling Sale.
During the spring mixed sale in Sydney, Australia, Friday, 127 horses sold for a gross of $1,050,900 ($577,816 in U.S funds), up by 53% on last year's auction.
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