The Sept. 8 opening session results of the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale were not unexpected by buyers and consignors.
Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock advisor John Ferguson goes to $3.1 million to secure daughter of A.P. Indy during opening session of Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 8.
A colt produced from Horse of the Year Azeri failed to meet his reserve and was bought back for $7.7 million at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale during the opening session Sept. 8.
The catalogues for the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale are ripe with potential superstars, but there are a few that will be looked at more closely than most based on famous family members.
A.P. Magic, a $2.3 million graduate of the Keeneland September yearling sale, came back from an injury thought to be career-ending when he broke his maiden at Calder Race Course May 3.
- By Ron Mitchell
One of the more widely used methods of comparing sales results for stallions whose progeny have been offered at a yearling sale is to look at the average prices. Many number-crunchers, however, believe the median price provides a more accurate picture of how well the stallion fared.
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.
The market showed no sign of slowing as Keeneland concluded its eighth day of the September yearling sale.
A son of Lion Heart fetched a bid of $440,000 to top the sixth session and the close of the third catalog of the 15-day Keeneland September yearling sale. Once again, the sale company realized increases in gross, average, and median despite a slight drop in the number of horses sold.
A son of Dynaformer sold for $700,000 to Don Little's Centennial Farms to kick-start day four of the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale.
A dapper-looking son of Distorted Humor was purchased by WinStar Farm, agent, for the partnership of Maverick Racing for $1 million to highlight the late afternoon session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
- By Ryan Conley
Someone wanting to play percentages for yearlings selling for $1 million or more may need to look no further than the broodmare band of husband/wife breeders Aaron U. and Marie D. Jones.
The boys from Coolmore added another stellar purchase to their already impressive stable, spending $2.6 million for a full brother to grade II winner and stallion Half Ours.
A striking son of Unbridled's Song brought a final bid of $3.7 million from Coolmore and associates to establish a high price for the second session and the first two days of the Keeneland September sale.
By Eric Mitchell - In many ways, Keeneland September has already established itself as an event. Why else would consignors continue to offer more horses there? They have to believe they are selling at the epicenter, and that there is no better place to be.
A bay son from the only crop sired by grade I winner Booklet brought the top price of $500,000 Tuesday at the Keeneland September yearling auction in Lexington. John Brocklebank, agent, purchased the colt from Vinery.
Keeneland's marathon September yearling sale entered its final three days on Saturday and registered across-the-board gains for the 10th time in the first 12 sessions of the 14-day auction.
With only three days remaining in its 14-day run, the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale is showing no signs of slowing down despite taking a slight hit in average price during today's session. Overall, the numbers remain up across the board.
Day four of Keeneland's marathon September yearling sale "might have been a little softer in spots," according to director of sales Geoffrey Russell, but business was still plenty good Thursday in Lexington, Ky. as the world's largest yearling sale rolled on. Overall, the gross revenue for the first four days is up 17.3% from last year's record sale.
Jess Jackson went to $900,000 for a son of Distorted Humor during the fourth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Thursday.
Turbo Storm, an unraced 3-year-old full brother to three-time grade I winner High Yield, has been sold privately to stand stud duty in Russia. Owned by horsemen Bob Walton and Jim Elliott, Turbo Storm will take up duty at Donskoi Stud near Rustov Ma Donn, Russia.
Day 11 of the Keeneland September yearling sale saw buyers spend $5,783,200, which was good enough to push the sale's total to more than $318 million, topping the all-time mark for a single sale. There is little rest for the happy yet weary Keeneland sales crew; the marathon 14-day sale still has three more sessions to go.
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.
On the hurricane rating scale of 1 to 5, the opening session of the Keeneland September yearling auction was a Category 3. It packed a strong financial punch on Sept. 13 in Central Kentucky, driving the market past 2003's hot numbers. But the key business figures didn't grow quite as fast as they did a year ago.
Twenty-eight colts and geldings were guided through public breezes at Sha Tin Racecourse Sunday in preparation for the 2003 Hong Kong International Sale. Drawing plenty of attention for the sale, which will take place Friday, Dec. 12, were three sons of international leading sire Danehill.
Brief items pertaining to racing and breeding.
A colt from the first crop of Elusive Quality topped Sunday's session of the Keeneland yearling sale, selling for $300,000 to Bob Baffert, acting as an agent.
Because of September's large size and the diversity of its offerings, the Central Kentucky auction is the best barometer of the yearling market's health in North America.
The 13-day September yearling sale at Keeneland ended Saturday with sales eclipsing the previous records for gross, average price, and number of horses sold.
By P. Headley Bell -- This is not the '80s, no matter how scary it feels.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai has been a major market influence since his first purchase at a North American yearling sale 20 years ago.
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