Unrelenting demand for quality horses led to record revenues for Tattersalls' 2013 sales season, which ended with a four-day mare sale that saw financials soaring across the board at its conclusion Dec. 5.
Dual Oaks winner Dancing Rain sold in foal to undefeated European champion Frankel for 4 million guineas ($6,869,080 in United States funds) on opening day of the Tattersalls mare sale Dec. 2 in Newmarket.
The Tattersalls December foal sale closed Nov. 30. with records for total sales and average and median prices during the four-day auction in Newmarket.
The third day of the Tattersalls December foal sale Nov. 29 posted the highest one-day financials at a foal sale in European auction history as total receipts soared 35% from last year's corresponding session.
A colt from first crop of Rip Van Winkle led trading Nov. 25 at the single-session Tattersalls December yearling sale, which saw a marginal decline in total sales, compared with 2012, but increases in average and median.
A Rip Van Winkle half brother to Irish classic-winning filly Just The Judge topped the Goffs November foal sale when selling for 420,000 ($566,061 in United States funds) at the final session Nov. 21.
The sale saw 167 horses sell for 3,595,300 guineas ($6,049,452), at an average of 21,529 guineas ($36,224), and a median of 13,000 guineas ($21,874).
A son of Exceed and Excel topped the third session of Book 2 of the Tattersalls October yearling sale, bringing 200,000 guineas ($337,922 in U.S. funds). Mark Richards of the Hong Kong Jockey Club purchased the chestnut colt.
Book 1 of the Tattersalls October yearling sale got off to an impressive start in England with an opening session gross of 23,016,000 guineas ($38,843,490 in U.S. funds).
The Keeneland September yearling sale will test the strength of the Thoroughbred marketplace's recovery with both quantity and quality during its 10-session run that begins Sept. 10 in Lexington.
- By Esther Marr
Esther Marr recaps day 1 of the Saratoga Yearling Sale. watch video
Based on pre-sale expectations, the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale fizzled more than it sizzled in its opening session Aug. 6 in upstate New York.
A Street Cry colt was the first seven-figure transaction at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale when he brought a final bid of $1.2 million from Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock agent John Ferguson.
A Distorted Humor colt from the family of champion Banshee Breeze commanded a price of $500,000 to lead the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale in the early stages Aug. 6.
John Ferguson, the bloodstock manager for Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed, has joined the British Racing School's board of trustees, it was announced recently in England. The board has 12 members.
Roger O'Callaghan of Tally-Ho Stud got a big surprise April 19 during the second and final session of the Tattersalls Craven breeze up sale in England.
A chestnut colt by Distorted Humor commanded $1.2 million from Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock agent John Ferguson to lead the Fasig-Tipton Florida select 2-year-old sale at Palm Meadows Training Center March 26.
A handsome Tapit colt commanded $1 million during the second hour of the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training.
If Fasig-Tipton's Boyd Browning expressed his outlook for the Florida select juvenile auction in terms of a weather forecast, his prediction would call for sunny skies and no chance of rain.
Gross sales had jumped 36% and the average price rose 15% by the end of the four-day sale at Newmarket.
Five Sea The Stars progeny are among the eight most expensive weanlings sold to date. The eight Sea The Stars weanlings sold Nov. 25 averaged US$380,050.
Six sold for more than $100,000 gns during day two of the Tattersalls December Foal sale. Key sale metrics were up by double-digit percentages.
Lonhro, Australia's 2010-11 leading sire, will shuttle to Sheikh Mohammed's Darley at Jonabell near Lexington for the 2012 breeding season.
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 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.
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.
A Bernardini colt brings $1.2 million as the select yearling auction's average rises 15.9% and the median grows 4.2%.
A colt by Bernardini out of Habiboo (by Unbridled's Song) sells for $725,000 to Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock agent John Ferguson.
On a day when the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 600 points, the opening session of Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga select yearling auction showed surprising strength in upstate New York Aug. 8.
Sheikh Mohammed and his entourage got busy early during opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale in upstate New York Aug. 8.
Read what the particpants in the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training had to say about the market and some of the horses they bought.
The median price is stable at the Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old sale at Palm Meadows Training Center, but the gross and average price decline while the buy-back rate increases.
A sleek Empire Maker filly, who had generated a lot of buzz in the days leading up to the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training, brought $1.35 million.
A quick daughter of Tapit was the early standout during the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training, commanding $750,000 March 3 at Palm Meadows Training Center near Boynton Beach.
The Book 2 portion of the Tattersalls October yearling sale opened in England with a median price of 25,000 guineas ($41,877 in U.S. funds) that was the same as a year ago.
He purchases a Dubawi colt that tops Part 2 of the auction in Ireland.
She brings 950,000 euros ($1,282,260) during the auction's second session in Ireland.
Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron is among eight new members elected to The Jockey Club.
Dubai, one of the seven United Arab Emirates, will sponsor the group I Dewhurst Stakes, it was announced Aug. 25. The race will be run Oct. 16 at Newmarket in England.
A bay colt by Smart Strike out of grade I producer Sluice sells for $750,000 to John Ferguson at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale Aug. 3.
A colt by Afleet Alex and a half brother to Haskell Invitational and Preakness (both gr.I) winner Lookin At Lucky sold for $750,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale.
"I think tonight reality has set back in," said consignor Mark Toothaker of Legacy Bloodstock after the average declined 13.8% from a year ago during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale.
Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock manager, John Ferguson, signs the sale ticket.
An Eclipse Award and World Cup (UAE-I) winner, he was a successful stallion.
Olly Tait, the chief operating officer of Sheikh Mohammed's Darley America, will relocate to Newmarket, England, this summer.
Son of Harlan's Holiday one of three Goldophin interests in a full field of 3-year-olds battling for $2 million at Meydan.
Abu Dhabi, the largest member of the United Arab Emirates, will give $10 billion to Dubai to help cover the debt of a state-owned conglomerate.
Godolphin Racing's Pyro, winner of the Forego Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, has been retired and will enter stud in 2010 at Darley Japan where his fee will be ¥2 million (about US$22,100).
Darley America has announced that Fabricio Buffolo is to join its nominations team.
Part one of the Goffs Orby yearling sale in Ireland ended Sept. 30 in Ireland with an 11.1% increase in median price from 2008 and a 6.7% loss in average price. This year, there were two sessions in part one of the auction -- down from three last year -- and the sale's gross dropped 31.5%, in part because fewer horses were offered and sold.
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