The Fasig-Tipton Texas December mixed sale, which was the last major Thoroughbred auction of the year in this country, followed the downward trend that has plagued the equine marketplace in recent months. The gross revenue plummeted 46.7% Dec. 14 compared to a year ago, while the average price dropped 36%. The median declined 14.3%.
The Fasig-Tipton December mixed sale, this country's last major Thoroughbred auction of the year, will be held Dec. 14 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie. There are 221 horses listed in the catalog: 142 broodmares or broodmare prospects, 44 weanlings, and 35 yearlings or horses of racing age.
Thrice Worthy, who holds the modern day steeplechase record by number of consecutive wins, has been euthanized at owner Sally Nims' Dogwood Springs Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Dixieland Band, sire of 115 stakes winners and the earners of $73 million, has been pensioned from stud duty at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
A Kentucky judge rejected Jess Jackson's $4 million bid to acquire a 20% interest in reigning Horse of the Year Curlin. Jackson is the majority owner of the 4-year-old champion.
Lane's End Farm has reduced the 2009 fees for a number of its stallions, including major sire A.P. Indy.
Curlin, North America's reigning Horse of the Year and the continent's richest racehorse of all time with earnings of $10,501,800, will be paraded at Churchill Downs Nov. 29.
Reigning Horse of the Year Curlin will enter stud in 2009 at Mr. and Mrs. William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., it was announced Nov. 21. The son of Smart Strike will stand for $75,000.
Racing and/or stallion prospect Legal Move highlighted the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 15, selling for $245,000 on a rare positive day in which total sales were up from last year's comparable session.
A.P. Indy, who shared top billing with Storm Cat and Distorted Humor with a $300,000 stud fee in 2008, now has the top all to himself in 2009 at that price.
Horse of the Year and Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Alysheba is returning to the United States from Saudi Arabia. He will reside in the Hall of Champions at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Saturday's session of the Keeneland September yearling sale was quite similar to the previous day's trading, as key indicators remained dramatically down from last year's figures.
Horse of the Year Tiznow, second on the general sire list this year, emerged on top the list of leading sires by average (with three of more sold) for the Sept. 11 fourth day of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
No horses inspired buyers to pay dazzling seven-figure amounts during the third day of the Keeeneland September yearling sale in Lexington. But some of the results for the auction's first open session were encouraging after significant downturns during the two select sessions that kicked off the sale.
Kingmambo and A.P. Indy, two stallions who stand at Will Farish's Lane's End Farm, emerged on top of the list of leading sires of yearlings sold (minimum three sold) during the Sept. 9 second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
A son of Storm Cat out of grade I winner Tranquility Lake has been scratched from the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale. The dark bay or brown colt was scheduled to sell during the auction's second session, Sept. 9 ,as Hip No. 329 from the consignment of Lane's End, agent for breeders Martin and Pam Wygod.
Student Council, a grade I winner on dirt and synthetic surfaces for Ro Parra's Millennium Farms, will begin his stallion career in 2009 for a fee of $20,000.
For fans of Big Brown, the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale in Lexington is the one you'll probably enjoy the most. Scheduled sell then is a half-sister to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner. She's Hip No. 484, and she's one of the horses that could bring a lot of money Sept. 9.
A weaker second sesson pulled down the overall average and median at the Fasig-Tipton Texas Yearling sale, which ended Aug. 26. Last year's second sesssion was bolstered by a record-topping $330,000 horse.
Millionaire Bowman's Band, who completed his second breeding season at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., was euthanized Aug. 16.
A strapping son of A.P. Indy, named Pyramid Indy, brought $1.2 million to kick off the opening session of the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.
Champion War Pass is continuing to heal from a fracture to a sesamoid suffered in the Wood Memorial (gr. I). Plans for return to racetrack still up in the air.
As part of a new sponsorship strategy, the Breeders' Cup, announced July 21 it has formed three distinct tiers of marketing partners and developed expanded benefits for those partners.
Grade I winner and millionaire Tomisue's Delight was euthanized July 16 following complications from colic surgery.
- By Claire Novak
In the back of the courtyard at the Lane's End stallion barn, a new equine figure has been given permanent residence. It is a life-sized bronze of the farm's greatest stallion, A.P. Indy, commissioned by co-breeder William S. Farish.
Grade I winner Pleasantly Perfect was represented by his first winner when a daughter, Quite the Lady, won June 7 at Arlington Park in her first start.
Love That Jazz, a graded stakes winner/producer, died April 6 of complications from colic a day after foaling a Distorted Humor filly.
Fit to Fight, one of the original three stallions to enter stud at Mr. and Mrs. William S. Farish's Lane's End near Versailles, Ky., was euthanized Friday, May 30, due to the infirmities of old age.
Adriano will be providing trainer Graham Motion with his second Kentucky Derby (gr. I) starter. The Cambridge, England, native saddled his first horse in the Run for the Roses in 1998 when Chilito finished 11th.
Adriano gave trainer Graham Motion plenty to think about with an impressive win in the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park March 22.
Mid-morning on Turfway Park's backside March 21, Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) contenders were pulling at hay nets or dozing, blanketed against the morning chill. Horses and trainers alike are, as trainer Grant Hofmans said, "on cruise control" until March 22.
Trainer Mark Casse will enter the $150,000 Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III) at Turfway Park as the defending champion, having won the 2006 and 2007 editions with Top Notch Lady and Sealy Hill, respectively, and owning a total five victories in the race. This year he saddles the lightly-raced Clearly Foxy, whose last start was a solid sixth-place effort in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
Lane's End stallion Kingmambo, who missed several days of breeding because of a neurological problem, returned to action March 15 at the Versailles, Ky., farm.
Major sire Kingmambo, who has missed breeding time beforehand because of a neurological problem, is expected to return to the breeding shed this weekend or the first part of next week after being out of action for a week.
Four yearlings that escaped from their handlers at William S. Farish's Lane's End/Oak Tree Division near Lexington were killed when they were struck by a car.
The first reported foal sired by grade I turf winner Aragorn is a colt foaled Jan. 14 at John T.L. Jones III and Robert Trussell's Walmac Farm near Lexington.
King Cugat, a son of Kingmambo, will stand at Liberty Stud near Ghent, N.Y., under the management of Questroyal Stud.
Consignors are optimistic the day before the start of Keeneland's January sale.
- By Ron Mitchell
Among the most-watched statistics at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale is that of leading covering sires, which are those stallions represented by mares sold in-foal from their matings earlier this year.
Undefeated War Pass, winner of the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) and the favorite for divisional championship honors, will stand at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., upon his retirement from racing.
The Keeneland November breeding stock sale's gross reached an all-time high Tuesday. The total soared to $321,774,400 Tuesday in Lexington during the ninth of the sale's 15 sessions, surpassing the former mark of $317,666,000 that had been set in 1999.
Keeneland's Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell termed the Nov. 9 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale "a very good day at the office" as a slight drop in gross was untainted by a rising average and a strong middle market.
- By Ron Mitchell
Veteran stallions A.P. Indy, Kingmambo, and Smart Strike -- all of whom stand at Lane's End Farm -- top the list of covering sires by average during the first two sessions of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Kingmambo, who has stood his entire career at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., will stand for $250,000 in 2008.
Indy Five Hundred sold for $3 million as Fasig-Tipton November select mixed sale got under way.
After Market, who was scratched from the Oct. 27 NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) because trainer John Shirreffs felt the ground was too soft to suit the colt, has arrived at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm has announced a purchase agreement to relocate second-crop stallion Came Home to Japan.
- By Ron Mitchell
Smart Strike's stallion stock took another leap in the Breeders' Cup World Championships with wins by Curlin in the $5 million Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) and English Channel in the $3 million John Deere Turf (gr. IT).
- By Ron Mitchell
The parallel lives of stallions Mineshaft and Empire Maker continue at the Keeneland September yearling sale, where they are the top second-crop sires, based on sale average.
The select market at the Keeneland September yearling sale isn't as strong at the top as it was a year ago.
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