Azeri, who was expected to top the Keeneland January sale, was instead bought back on a bid of $4.4 million.
Indygo Shiner, who is represented by four Argentine group I winners this year, will stand the 2009 breeding season at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eugene Melnyk's Harlington, a grade II winner out of Hall of Famer Serena's Song, has been retired from racing and will stand in 2009 at John G. Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington.
Michael Paulson said he hopes to find a partner that will let him keep a portion of Azeri's yearling colt to race.
Four days after the selected session of Canadian-bred yearlings realized a small dip in average price, the preferred session boasted a 3% increase in average price despite large hikes in yearlings not sold and a drop in median price.
Paul Pompa Jr.'s Backseat Rhythm came with a five-wide move and rallied from fifth at the top of the stretch, eventually getting up in the final strides under Javier Castellano to win the $250,000 Garden City Stakes (gr. IT) by a half-length on Belmont's yielding turf course Sept. 6.
Strawberry Reason, dam of champion Vindication, was found dead in her pasture June 29 at Arthur B. Hancock III's Stone Farm near Paris, Ky.
It was announced Aug. 6 that the Storm Cat horse Seeking the Dia, a five-time stakes winner, four-time group winner, and earner of more than $5 million, will join the stallion roster at John G. Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington for the 2009 breeding season.
The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale, a small boutique auction that offers quality horses, got off to what the company's chairman, D.G. Van Clief Jr., termed "a solid start " Aug. 4 in New York.
Barry Irwin of Team Valor Stables went to $1.5 million to secure a lovely daughter of Storm Cat as the opening session of the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling came to a close Aug. 4.
Champion Vindication, one of this year's leading second-crop sires, was euthanized Wednesday because of complications from colic.
William de Burgh has announced that his grade I winner Heatseeker will begin his stud career in 2009 at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington
Better Than Honour, dam of consecutive Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winners Jazil and Rags to Riches, won't be bred again this year.
Candy Ride, an unbeaten grade I winner and Argentine champion, came through with his first winner when his son El Brujo won June 8 at Woodbine.
You know how it is with breeders. They breed one Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner, and the next thing you know, they're trying to come up with another.
Pussycat Doll, a grade I winner three separate years, has been retired from racing because of a foot abscess. Owned by Roy and Gretchen Jackson, she has been bred to Ghostzapper and pronounced in foal.
Horse of the Year Azeri and grade I winner Point Ashley each produced a filly May 10.
The New York Racing Association announced March 19 that Hill 'n' Dale Farms will continue to sponsor the Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) through 2010.
Grade I winner Behaving Badly produced her first foal, a colt by champion Bernardini, Feb. 4.
A half-brother to 2006 Horse of the Year Invasor was foaled Feb. 3.
Zayat Stables' Maimonides will race for the first time since Sept. 3 when he competes in the Jan. 12 San Rafael Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park, trainer Bob Baffert said Dec. 19.
When you have a horse at the top of his game, seize the moment and have some fun, says trainer Bob Baffert. With an Eclipse Award as top sprinter all but a certainty, Midnight Lute looks to add to his laurels in the $300,000 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile (gr.I) at Aqueduct Nov. 24.
- By Ron Mitchell
In contrast to this year's yearling auctions, the record-setting first day of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale on Nov. 5 was fueled by strength at the top, with moderate weakness in the middle.
BloodHorseNOW.com reporter Ron Mitchell interviews John Sikura of Hill 'n' Dale about the world record price set today and recaps the first day of the sale from Keeneland.
Running notes of the highlights of the Keeneland November sale, which began Nov. 5 and include a world-record price for a broodmare.
While the financial fireworks might not be as spectacular as they were a year ago at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, consignors and sale company officials still are expecting prices to be solid.
Mr. Sekiguchi, a son of Storm Cat who sold for $8 million at the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale, has been retired to stud at Hill 'n Dale Farm near Lexington, Ky.
Vindication, seventh on the first-crop sire list by progeny earnings, will stand once again for $60,000 at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington.
Closing Argument will be relocated for 2008 from Florida to John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington.
Pussycat Doll, a five-time stakes winner and three-time grade I winner, will be offered at the Nov. 4 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Mixed Sale, Hill 'n' Dale consignment announced Oct. 3.
Seeking the Best, a group III stakes-winning millionaire by Seeking the Gold, will stand at Hill 'n' Dale in 2008, the Kentucky farm announced in a Sept. 28 press release.
- By Ron Mitchell
Despite large declines in gross sales and average price, there were some positive signs indicated during the two select sessions of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm has purchased an interest in the multiple graded stakes winning 3-year-old filly Dream Rush
- By Ryan Conley
A settlement has been reached in Jim McIngvale's lawsuit against multiple parties, according to a document filed in a Texas federal court May 3, paving the way for an end to the high-profile legal dispute involving alleged sales commission fraud.
- By Ryan Conley
Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency has filed a motion asking a Texas judge to dismiss it from James McIngvale's fraud lawsuit, the first member of the most recently-added defendants to respond with a filed court answer to the allegations.
Madcap Escapade, a millionaire and grade I winner for Bruce Lunsford, produced her first foal, a Pulpit filly, March 14.
A Giant's Causeway colt was foaled March 12, a day after his half-sister, Rags to Riches, won the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I).
- By Ryan Conley
Attorneys for James McIngvale have asked a Texas judge to drop Kentucky-based agency Eaton Sales from the list of named defendants in the horse owner's fraud lawsuit.
Horse of the Year Azeri delivered her first foal, an A.P. Indy chestnut colt, Feb. 14.
The first reported foal sired by grade I winner and Argentine champion Candy Ride is a filly born Jan. 21.
- By Ryan Conley
Racehorse owner James McIngvale has expanded his high-profile lawsuit against three horsemen to include several consignors allegedly involved in claimed fraudulent public auction transactions.
The first reported foal by grade I winner Roman Ruler is a colt born Jan. 24 at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington, where Roman Ruler stands at stud.
Quendom, dam of Eclipse Award finalist Invasor, is booked to major sire Distorted Humor.
Keeneland closed out its 2007 January horses of all ages sale by establishing a record gross for the first sale of the year while the average and median both fell from last year's comparable numbers.
Hill 'n' Dale Farms announced that Eclipse Award finalist and grade I winner Point Ashley, consigned by Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency as agent for Zayat Stables and purchased by Hill 'n' Dale Bloodstock as agent, will be bred to leading sire Storm Cat.
Following a slow start, the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale picked up steam Wednesday during its third session in Lexington. The number sold, gross revenue, average price, and median price all were ahead of last year's figures for the comparable session.
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