Keeneland has cataloged 3,919 lots for its November breeding stock sale. The number is down 16.5% from last year's total of 4,695.
According to some of the Keeneland September yearling auction's participants, the Keeneland November breeding stock sale should turn in an upbeat performance.
Three horses brought prices of 300,000 euros ($406,722 in U.S. funds) or more during the second session of the Goffs Orby yearling sale in Ireland Sept. 28. All three were fillies.
The Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana's yearling auction posted major increases of 41.6% in average price and 34.3% in median price while experiencing a downturn in the buy-back rate Sept. 27.
Stories about Thoroughbred auctions focus a lot on key business figures such as gross, average price, and median price. But for sellers, the most important numbers are the ones that show whether or not they made a profit.
A Montjeu colt, which brought 300,000 euros ($403,893 in U.S. funds), was the most expensive horse sold Sept. 27 during the opening session of the Goffs Orby yearling sale in Ireland.
The auction is scheduled for Oct. 24-26 in Lexington, with each session beginning at 10 a.m. (EDT).
The Keeneland September yearling sale enjoyed upswings in gross, average price, and median price for the second year in a row. Read what buyers and sellers had to say about the market.
Gross sales ended up 12.7% higher than a year ago, the average rose 18% to $76,511, and the median was up 20% to $30,000.
Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm is buying yearlings to replenish bloodstock holdings that have been diminished due to a selloff by the farm, acquiring yearlings priced between $8,000 and $1.34 million at Keeneland.
Two fillies that each sold for $110,000 highlighted the 11th session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Yearlings from New York, Pennsylvania, and other states with casino-fueled purses prove attractive at Keeneland September yearling sale.
A day after the Keeneland September yearling sale topped its 2010 gross with five days to go, the ninth day of selling was up over last year. And the importance of that development goes far beyond the numbers.
Any questions about whether the Keeneland September yearling sale would have staying power beyond the first week were answered Sept. 19 when the auction's receipts went beyond the entire 2010 sale gross.
Fasig-Tipton will conduct its Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training next year later than usual. The auction is scheduled for March 26 at the Palm Meadows Training Center near Boynton Beach.
Keeneland September yearling sale shows continued strength during its seventh session with 35.9% rise in gross, 37.8% in average, and 26.5% in median over 2010 figures.
Book Three of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale opened with significant improvement in all key indices over 2010 figures, with the gross rising 24%.
Auction company executives had planned to meet Sept. 16 in Lexington to discuss an animal-rights group's call for changes at 2-year-olds in training sales.
The Keeneland September sale experienced what pinhooker Hoby Kight described as a "feeding frenzy" during its fifth session Sept. 15 in Lexington.
Frank Stronach's Adena Springs went to $1.35 million to buy an Awesome Again-Legs Lawlor colt (Hip No. 957) from Greenwood Lodge Farm as the second seven-figure offering during the Keeneland yearling sale's fifth session.
Benjamin Leon Jr. spent $1.3 million for an Unbridled's Song--Lady of Choice filly (Hip No. 941) from Dromoland Farm's consignment. The filly was the first seven-figure horse sold during Keeneland September's fifth session.
The Keeneland September yearling sale kept the momentum going during its fourth session, continuing to generate numbers that were encouraging to consignors and sale company officials.
Jon and Sarah Kelly went to $650,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 14 to purchase a colt by Tapit--Don'tellmichelle, by Regal Classic, from the consignment of Gainesway Farm.
A Bernardini--Ava Knowsthecode colt consigned by Valkyre Stud as Hip No. 565 was bought by John Ferguson for $625,000 during the early portion of the Sept. 14 fourth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Esther Marr recaps Day 3 of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, including comments from Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland Director of Sales. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency. Watch Video
Not everybody was shopping for items in the wildly popular new Missoni collection at Target stores Sept. 13. In Lexington, many people were busy buying horses at Keeneland.
A Medaglia d'Oro -- Violent Beauty, by Gone West, colt (Hip No. 469) was purchased by Black Rock Stable for $600,000 from the Hill 'n' Dale Sales consignment during the third session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Bluegrass Hall Farm purchased an Awesome Again-Tizso, by Cee's Tizzy, colt (Hip No. 426) for $510,000 from the Taylor Made Sales Agency consignment during the third session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 13.
Catherine Parke of Valkyre Stud wasn't thinking about an exotic vacation or buying a new car after selling a Bernardini filly for $1.2 million during the third session of the Keeneland September yearling auction.
Mike Ryan, acting as agent on behalf of an unnamed client, purchased a Medaglia d'Oro colt for $470,000, the highest priced colt so far during the Sept. 13 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Benjamin Leon Jr.'s Besilu Stable went to $1.2 million to acquire a Bernardini filly (Hip No. 307, consigned by Valkyre Stud) produced from the Smart Strike mare Silk n' Sapphire at Keeneland's September yearling sale.
A trio of yearlings topped the open session of the annual Canadian-Bred yearling sale, selling for $45,000 each at the Woodbine Sales Pavilion on Sept. 10.
Business wasn't as brisk the second evening of the Keeneland September yearling sale in Lexington as it was on opening night. But the select portion of the auction still managed to post increases in its key business figures.
A Street Cry colt from the family of Horse of the Year Zenyatta was purchased by Irish bloodstock John McCormack for $750,000 during the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
It did not take long for the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale to reach the seven-figure mark, with Mandy Pope paying $1 million for a gray/roan filly by Unbridled's Song out of Silvery Swan.
Australian Ron Gilbert, owner of Highgrove Stud, a leading commercial Thoroughbred nursery in Queensland, made his initial venture into the American sales market Sept. 12.
Read what people had to say about the opening session of the Keeneland September yearling sale in Lexington.
Benjamin Leon, Jr., who made a big splash at the top of the yearling market last year, is back shopping at Keeneland.
One of the top-priced horses sold at the Sept. 11 opening session of the Keeneland September yearling sale, a Street Sense filly sold for $650,000, came from the dispersal of the late Prince Saud bin Khaled.
Esther Marr talks with Case Clay, president of Three Chimneys Farm, about Big Brown's yearlings. Case also discusses his predictions for the Keeneland September sale. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency. watch video
With domestic buyers, like Benjamin Leon Jr. (shown here), playing aggressively at the top of the market, the Keeneland September yearling sale got off to a promising start Sept. 11 in Lexington.
Besilu Stables paid $775,000 each for the two top-priced fillies during opening day of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
The colt is out of champion and multiple grade I winner Hollywood Wildcat.
A group of Californians went to $1.4 million to buy an A.P. Indy colt to highlight the Sept. 11 opening session of the Keeneland September yearling sale in Lexington.
A colt by Street Cry was purchased by prominent owner George Bolton for $1.2 million during the Sept. 11 first session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
A Dynaformer colt produced from a grade III winning mare was purchased by Shadwell Estate Company from the Three Chimneys consignment for $725,000 during the first day of the Keeneland September yearling sale in Lexington.
A Bernardini colt was purchased by the Coolmore Stud camp for $875,000 from the Bluewater Sales consignment to highlight the first half of the first session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
A Medaglia d'Oro colt was purchased by Elizabeth Moran's Brushwood Stables for $600,000 to top the early portion of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 11.
Esther Marr talks with Duncan Taylor, president of Taylor Made, about the current sales market. They also discuss the new Keeneland September sales format and Duncan mentions the Taylor Made catalog with several stand outs. watch video
Here is a list of horses that consignors and buyers believe could bring big prices during the second and final select session Sept. 12 of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
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