The Japan Racing Horse Association enjoyed record sales July 8 at its opening session and yearling sale, which saw great demand for the offspring of leading sire Deep Impact.
Looking back to 2011 and ahead to this year's first major auction, the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale, Geoffrey Russell said he was expecting more of the same. And that's a good thing.
The New Year started on a happy note at Keeneland as the January horses of all ages sale finished its opening session in Lexington Jan. 10 with huge increases of 62.2% in gross and 53.5% in average price from 2010.
Grade I winner Ave became the first horse to bring a seven-figure price at the Keeneland January horses of all age sale when she sold for $1.4 million three-quarters of the way through the first session in Lexington Jan. 10.
The two most recent winners of Keeneland's Alcibiades Stakes (gr. I), Negligee and Wickedly Perfect, are scheduled to go through the sale ring on the auction's opening day.
British raider Snow Fairy, winner of the Investec Oaks (Eng-I) this summer, produced a decisive four-length win in Japan's $2.1 million Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup (Jpn-I) at Kyoto Racecourse Nov. 14.
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English-bred Ave split horses in deep stretch and got up just before the wire to post a 10-1 upset in the $500,000 Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) Oct. 2 at Belmont Park.
An international field of accomplished females, including Japanese group I winner Red Desire, will go postward in the Oct. 2 Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park.
Arlington Park chairman Richard L. Duchossois, who named the $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) for his wife, won the race for the first time when his Eclair de Lune rolled to victory over Hot Cha Cha.
Tuscan Evening's sad demise earlier this month has left the $750,000 Beverly D. devoid of any obvious favorite on Arlington Million day Aug. 21 at Arlington Park.
Mekong Melody, making his first start since last September, held off closing favorite Ave by a nose to give trainer Roger Attfield the first two finishers in the $284,809 Dance Smartly Stakes (gr. IIT) at Woodbine July 18.
Defending titleholder Points of Grace and last out Eatontown Handicap (gr. IIIT) victor Gypsy's Warning are the ones to beat in the $300,000 Dance Smarty Stakes (Can-IIIT) July 18 at Woodbine.
Last at the top of the stretch, Charles Fipke's homebred Lady Shakespeare rolled past all three rivals inside the sixteenth-pole en route to a 2 3/4-length victory in the $150,000 New York Stakes (gr. IIT) June 19 at Belmont.
Multiple graded stakes winner Gozzip Girl heads a contentious field of seven fillies and mares in the $150,000 New York Stakes (gr. IIT), run at 1 1/4 miles on the Belmont Park turf.
Deserving favorite claims Gallorette Handicap (gr. IIIT) for Augustin Stable and trainer Jonathan Sheppard.
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