Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation has announced well-bred stakes winners Jalil and Sousa will enter stud in China in 2012 in an effort to bolster that country's emerging Thoroughbred industry.
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.
A Storm Cat colt, hip 204, commanded the highest price so far, $2.8 million, at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.
The 2009 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale concluded April 7 with another two yearlings topping the Aus$1-million mark at Newmarket.
The Maktoum family left the racing world in no doubt about how much terrestrial television coverage should be valued following Tuesday's annual Gimcrack Dinner at York.
Raven's Pass, surprise winner of the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) for Sheikh Mohammed's Darley and the sheikh's wife, Princess Haya of Jordan, has been retired from racing for stallion duty at Sheikh Mohammed's Kildangan Stud in County Kildare, Ireland.
Fasig-Tipton has restructured its senior management team, it was announced Sept. 2. The changes include the addition of one of Sheikh Mohammed's key employees in America, Dan Pride, to the auction firm's executive ranks.
Stonerside Stable has been sold to Sheikh Mohammed's Darley. Included in the transaction will be approximately 80 horses in training, plus another 170 or so broodmares, yearlings and weanlings, as well as the main 2,000-acre farm near Paris, Ky., and the training center in Aiken, S.C.
The electric popularity of Japanese Triple Crown winner and two-time Horse of the Year Deep Impact generated enough voltage on July 15 to lift the Japan Racing Horse Association select sale out of what could have been a dark malaise induced by the nation's sputtering economy.
Spurred to take action by a troubled economy and the need for more investment in horse racing, leaders of the sport in Japan are seriously discussing opening up the world's most lucrative racing program to foreign-based owners.
Sharp Cat, one of the top racemares of the 1990s, died after foaling an A.P. Indy colt April 21.
The Green Monkey, whose $16-million price was the most ever for a Thoroughbred sold at public auction, has been retired from racing.
Playful Act, whose $10.5-million price is the record for a broodmare or broodmare prospect sold at public auction, will be bred this year to Street Cry.
Grade I winner Octave, whose $4 million price was the second-highest at the recent Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale, has been retired to become a broodmare for Sheikh Mohammed's Darley in Central Kentucky.
Young sires Monashee Mountain and Thunderello have been relocated to Dave Ferguson's Diamond F Ranch near Grass Valley, Calif.
English champion Playful Act shattered the world record for a broodmare or broodmare prospect sold at public auction when her price soared to $10.5 million Nov. 5 on the opening day of the Keeneland breeding stock sale.
- By Ron Mitchell
Agent John Ferguson, who did not make any purchases at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky selected mixed sale, emerged as the leading buyer this year with four horses purchased for a total of $15,750,000.
- By Ron Mitchell
There has been much hand-wringing and questioning over the circumstances surrounding the sale of multiple grade I-winning filly Octave to agent John Ferguson for $4 million at the Nov. 4 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky mixed sale.
Manduro, a three-time European group I winner this year, will stand his first season for 40,000 (approximately $57,000) at Darley's Kildangan Stud in Ireland.
Gross and average both drop more than 20% at the opening session of the Keeneland September yearling sale. The top price was $2.9 million for a half-brother to Pulpit by Dynaformer.
California stallion Rhythm was euthanized Sept. 4 at Dave Ferguson's Diamond F Ranch near Grass Valley, Calif., after fracturing a leg in a paddock accident.
Any Given Saturday, recent winner of the Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) at Monmouth Park, will became a member of Sheikh Mohammed's Darley team following this year's Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I).
Before this year's Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale, there was general consensus that this year's offerings were better overall than last year, particularly for upper-end colts. For some observers, that assessment holds after Monday's opening session.
- By Ron Mitchell
Agent John Ferguson, representing Sheikh Mohammed, dominated Monday's first session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale, which saw double-digit drops in average and median prices.
Millionaire Del Mar Show, a winner all eight years he raced, has been retired to stud at Dave Ferguson's Diamond F Ranch near Grass Valley, Calif.
- By Ryan Conley
A federal judge in a Lexington courthouse on Oct. 3 declined to issue temporary restraining orders that might have impacted the dispersal sale of ClassicStar-affiliated horses at the Nov. 5 Fasig-Tipton winter mixed sale.
The opening session of the 86th annual Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale was one for the ladies, as a strong market for fillies led the way Tuesday evening in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Three of the eight highest-priced yearlings that sold for $500,000 or more were fillies, including the session topper -- a $1,150,000 daughter of first-year sire Sky Mesa. A colt by Distorted Humor later sold for $1 million.
ClassicStar, a venture that involves the leasing of mares, is continuing to operate after an announcement that David Plummer and his son, Spencer, are no longer associated with the outfit.
The marathon Keeneland September yearling sale got a quick start out of the gate Monday with a strong session in which the gross, average, and median prices were well above figures for the comparable session one year ago.
Authorities are conducting DNA testing to determine the identity of a horse shipped to stand in Australia after preliminary tests proved it is not Dubai Excellence.
Strong demand for young mares, especially those from the highly successful racing and breeding program of Bob and Beverly Lewis and from the dissolution of the breeding partnership of Stone Farm and Stonerside Stable, boosted Tuesday's second session of Keeneland's November breeding stock sale.
Topped by millionaires Unbridled Elaine and Take Charge Lady, Keeneland's November breeding stock sale jumped out to a healthy start Monday, with a 16.2% increase in gross receipts over the same session one year ago. The median price rose 2.8%, the buyback rate was down substantially, and the average price fell 5% over the same session last year.
A German-bred colt by Montjeu colt consigned by Peter Kavanagh's Irish-based Kildaragh Stud topped day three of the Tattersalls October yearling sale in Newmarket Wednesday when realizing 320,000guineas (approx. $525,500).
Europe's premier yearling auction, the Tattersalls October (part one) yearling sale in Newmarket, returned encouraging figures Oct. 5 but a verdict on the strength of the market is impossible to make yet with no direct comparisons available.
Colts by Giant's Causeway and Monarchos brought final bids of $750,000 to top the third session of Keeneland's September yearling sale Wednesday. All key figures for the sale took sizable moves forward in a heated, marathon session that grossed $43.9 million.
Boosted by the aggressive buying of Sheikh Mohammed, with additional support from a broad base of domestic and foreign buyers, the marathon Keeneland September yearling sale got off to a solid start Monday.
Although none of the offerings reached the seven-figure level, Fasig-Tipton began the yearling sales season on a strong note with a two-day summer sale that concluded Tuesday with increases in every major statistical category.
Seeking Greatness, a stakes-placed half-brother to Smarty Jones' sire, Elusive Quality, will stand the Southern Hemisphere season at Baerami Thoroughbreds in the Widden Valley of New South Wales in Australia.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. continued the upswing in juvenile sales seen so far this year, its April auction showing huge gains in gross and average. Also, the number of horses bought back by their consignors dropped markedly, and a record price for the sale was established.
The wild and wacky juvenile sale season continued Wednesday with yet another mark set, this time a record for the Ocala Breeders Sales Co.'s April auction.
The protracted dispute over the ownership of stallion Rock Of Gibraltar between John Magnier, who heads one of the world's most powerful bloodstock empires in Coolmore, and Manchester United soccer manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been settled.
The market for 2-year-olds in training continued to build on this year's gains when the action moved to Barretts in Southern California Tuesday. A daughter of Awesome Again brought $2 million, breaking the world record for a juvenile filly sold at public auction.
Sir Alex Ferguson, the manager of Manchester United soccer club, Friday asked supporters to call off their planned protest at the United Kingdom's Cheltenham Racecourse on March 18.
Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day will be the featured speaker at the "What a Difference a Day Makes" dinner to benefit the Race Track Chaplaincy of America's Ocala Florida Chapter.
Stakes-placed Seeking Greatness, who ran the fastest 5 1/2 furlongs at Aqueduct in 2001, will enter stud at Dave Ferguson's Diamond F Ranch Thoroughbreds near Grass Valley, Calif.
John Magnier of Coolmore Stud and Sir Alex Ferguson shared uncommon enjoyment together when Rock of Gibraltar was winning group I races one after another, but now the relation has taken a down turn over the champion racehorse's stallion career.
A colt from the first crop of Seattle Slew stallion Doneraile Court brought a final bid of $400,000 from agent John Ferguson to top the early returns at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s selected 2-year-olds in training sale at Calder Race Course on Tuesday.
Rock of Gibraltar swept to the lead in the final furlong to easily win the Entenmann's Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) Saturday at The Curragh, giving the Aidan O'Brien-trained horse a sweep of the English and Irish Guineas. O'Brien sent out the top three finishers in Saturday's race, giving the trainer an unprecedented sweep of this year's French, English, and Irish 2,000 Guineas.
Rock of Gibraltar made up for the disappointment his owner, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, felt earlier this week when his soccer team was defeated in the Champions League semifinals with a neck-length victory in Saturday's Sagitta Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) at Newmarket.
Sheikh Mohammed's first order of business as owner of Jonabell Farm in Lexington will be to "give the land a rest," according to his chief bloodstock adviser John Ferguson. The sheikh's purchase of the 790-acre farm is scheduled to close Oct. 1.
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