A son of Grand Slam topped the opening session of the three-day Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale at the sale company's Newtown Paddocks near Lexington.
Taylor Made Farm announced Wednesday that the two stallions it stands for six figures will both have stud fee increases for the 2007 season.
Storm Cat, the worldwide leader by stud fee the last five years, figures to stay that way in 2007.
Appealing Zophie, who won the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I), and Untouched Talent, who broke her maiden in a stakes before winning the Sorrento Stakes (gr. III) and finishing a fast-closing second in the Del Mar Debutante, should vie for favoritism Friday in Keeneland's opening day feature, the grade II Alcibiades Stakes.
With Distinction, a grade II-winning son of Storm Cat, has been purchased to stand at Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds near Ocala, Fla.
A colt by Van Nistelrooy brought a top price of $75,000 Sunday during the next-to-last session of Keeneland's record-breaking September Yearling Sale.
Teofilo extended his winning streak to four following an impressive victory over Holy Roman Emperor in the Laing O'Rourke National Stakes (Ire-I) at the Curragh on Sunday.
While it was Sheikh Mohammed who drove the market during the two-day select sessions of Keeneland's September yearling sale Monday and Tuesday, it was powered by the sires of those yearlings. The leading sires from Book One are a heady mix of the old guard with a trio of young shooters making some interesting headway.
The pace of the 2006 Keeneland September yearling remained brisk Tuesday with the buying power of Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai leading the way. A new September sale record price of $11.7 million was established along with an all-time high for a session average.
After breaking from the gate a bit slowly, the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale quickly picked up speed, led by the purchasing power of Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai, to post increases in average and median price despite the gross and number of horses selling showing a slight decline.
People are talking favorably about a lot of different horses at the Keeneland September yearling auction. Some say the sale topper might even come in the first session rather than in the second, where it usually is.
If you can believe the talk around Keeneland's sale grounds, Tuesday's second session of the September yearling sale is filled with horses that have top conformation as well as top pedigrees.
Even-money favorite Bluegrass Cat, winless since taking the Sam F. Davis in February, demolished the field in Sunday's $1,030,000 Haskell Invitational with devastating late burst.
Favored Untouched Talent inched away from the pack leaving the turn and rolled to a three-length victory in the $150,000 Sorrento for 2-year-old fillies at Del Mar Saturday.
The yearling selling season got off to a strong start last month in Kentucky. Now the action moves to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where Fasig-Tipton will conduct its boutique sale Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
Three yearlings bred by Robert and Janice McNair's Stonerside Stable sold for $3 million or more apiece last year at public auction. This year, the yearling market won't be pumped up by the McNairs' best young stock.
Ambitious Cat, last year's Sovereign Award winner as Canada's top female turf horse, captured her first stakes race on Saturday in the $300,000 Dance Smartly (Can-II) at Woodbine.
Unbeaten After Market, showing some greenness while making his stakes debut in his third start, collared Carnera in mid-stretch Sunday and went on to victory in the $107,400 Lexington (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds at nine furlongs on Belmont Park's firm inner turf course.
A $2.2-million Storm Cat--Brushed Halory colt, which was the second-highest-priced 2-year-old sold at public auction this year, now belongs to Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai, according to Dale Romans.
Western Gambler, a son of Storm Cat, was the top-priced horse at $275,000 during Wednesday's second session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien's 3-year-old filly Kamarinskaya broke her maiden in the Dimitrova One Thousand Guineas Trial (Ire-III) at Leopardstown Saturday to become part of Ballydoyle's Classic mix this season.
Fusao Sekiguchi's 3-year-old Mr. Sekiguchi, purchased for $8 million at the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale, slipped through along the rail and went on to capture his first victory by three-quarters of a length as the 9-10 favorite in a field of seven maidens at Santa Anita Saturday.
Todd Pletcher, whose bench is stronger than most other trainers' first string, sends out the first team on Saturday, when he'll saddle Bluegrass Cat in the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) and Keyed Entry in the Gotham Stakes (gr. III).
Buyers have been busy as bees trying to sort out the prospects from the pretenders at the Barretts March select sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Champion Serena's Song, who raced for Robert and Beverly Lewis, produced her ninth foal March 5. Bob Lewis died Feb. 17.
A handsome bay colt became the first horse Tuesday to command a seven-figure price at the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training when he brought a $2.2-million final bid from Dale Romans.
What should be the biggest juvenile auction of 2006 in terms of prices is scheduled for Tuesday in South Florida.
Ashado, a seven-time grade I winner who was champion 3-year-old filly of 2004 and champion older female of 2005, is just one of many grade I winners that will be bred this year for the first time.
WinStar Farm's homebred Bluegrass Cat kicked off his 3-year-old campaign with a dogged victory over 63-1 shot Deputy Glitters in the $121,000 Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs Saturday.
The 3-year-old Mr. Sekiguchi, an $8 million yearling purchase making his career debut at Santa Anita Saturday for trainer Bob Baffert, opened up a big lead in the stretch before being overtaken close to home by another Baffert trainee, Rising Rate.
Betsy Wells, who galloped such stars as Storm Cat, died Feb. 13.
Keeneland officials have again cancelled the July selected yearling sale in 2006, announcing that all yearlings will be sold this year during the September yearling sale.
Ashado, who sold for a world-record $9 million at the 2005 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, is booked to Storm Cat, the world's most expensive stallion.
Adam Sangster has acquired the interests of the Hayes family in Collingrove Stud at Nagambie in Victoria, Australia.
High Yield, announced two weeks ago as moving to John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington for the 2006 breeding season, will instead stand the Northern Hemisphere season in France.
WinStar Farm's homebred Bluegrass Cat, the 3-5 favorite, withstood a serious threat from Flashy Bull in the deep stretch and drew away from the stubborn challenger to win the 92nd running of the $200,000 Remsen (gr. II) for 2-year-olds at Aqueduct Saturday.
High Yield will be relocated for the 2006 breeding season to John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington. His fee will be $7,500.
The eighth day of trading at Keeneland's November breeding stock sale ended Monday evening with the Lexington auction house gaining slightly in most categories when compared to the same session last year. Up were the gross, average, and number of horses sold, with only a dip in the median keeping gains from reaching across the board.
One Nice Cat, a stakes winning son of Storm Cat out of champion Jewel Princess, has been retired and will stand in 2006 at Becky Thomas' Sequel Stallions near Orange Lake, Fla.
Coolmore's Ashford Stud has announced the stud fee for Giant's Causeway is being raised to $300,000 for the 2006 breeding season.
Grand Reward, a grade II-winning son of Storm Cat produced from champion Serena's Song, will retire to John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington where he will stand the 2006 season for $12,500.
WinStar Farm's Bluegrass Cat continued his education at Belmont Park on Friday afternoon, winning the $113,300 Nashua (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at a mile by 1 1/4 lengths over outsider Political Force.
The Young family's Overbrook Farm, which earlier announced that Storm Cat's fee would remain at $500,000 for 2006, announced fees for its other stallions.
Storm Cat, the world's most expensive stallion, figures to stay that way. His fee will remain at $500,000.
A field of 10 horses has been drawn for Saturday's Kentucky Cup Classic at Turfway Park. Won last year by Roses in May, this year's event features grade II winner Grand Reward as the 122-pound highweight--and a new Polytrack surface.
Day four of the Keeneland September sale was just underway for about an hour when a colt by Unbridled's Song sold for $700,000.
An Unbridled's Song colt sold for $950,000 Wednesday early during the third session of the Keeneland September yearling sale. Stonestreet Stable, owned by Kendall-Jackson winery founder Jess Jackson was the buyer. Taylor Made Sales Agency consigned the colt as agent.
Demand for offspring of top stallion Storm Cat coupled with the strong buying power of the Maktoum family pushed Tuesday's second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale to record levels.
There was a huge run on the market for sons and daughters of Storm Cat by the ultimate high-end buyers at the select sessions of the Keeneland September yearling sale. Leading the charge, of course, was the fall sale record $9.7 million bid by Sheikh Mohammed for a dark bay or brown colt by Storm Cat out of multiple grade I winner Tranquility Lake.
Here's a review of the top priced ($1 million or more) sellers during session 2 of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
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