Wayne Sweezey had a sleepless night Sept. 13, after a well-bred horse he consigned to the Tuesday session of the Keeneland September yearling sale went unsold following a rare mistake by the well-respected horseman.
A War Front filly who is from the family of recent group I winner Churchill became the second-highest-priced offering at the Keeneland September yearling sale when agent John Ferguson went to $900,000.
Champion Groupie Doll delivered her first foal on March 5, about a week before her original March 11 due date. The colt was rushed immediately to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington.
Following a four-length win at Belmont Park in the Peter Pan, Tonalist will have the opportunity June 7 to capture the Triple Crown race that eluded his maternal grandsire while carrying Robert S. Evans' colors.
Whisper Hill Farm's Havre de Grace and Plum Pretty both produced their first foals at Timber Town Farm near Lexington, a Tapit filly from Havre de Grace and a colt by Distorted Humor out of Plum Pretty.
The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale will be first test in 2012 of the top of the market for yearlings. Here's what people had to say about their expectations and other thoughts about the auction.
Auction participants give their opinions about the performance of the first major Thoroughbred auction of 2012.
What will happen in the Thoroughbred auction ring in 2011? After some tough years, will things get better? Read what buyers and consignors had to say.
English group I winner Serious Attitude will be offered as a racing or broodmare prospect during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November select mixed sale in Kentucky.
Read what buyers and consignors had to say before the auction started in Lexington.
Fasig-Tipton management is trying to keep the good times rolling at Saratoga.
Conditions were brutal at Keeneland Jan. 9, two days before the start of the Central Kentucky company's horses of all ages sale.
Consignors at the Keeneland September yearling sale were bracing themselves for one of the most daunting auction challenges of 2009: Finding new homes for thousands of young horses at a time when the weak economy is causing buyer demand for Thoroughbreds to shrink. Buyers, meanwhile, were excited about the prospect of bargains.
As a partner in historic Darby Dan Farm, Wayne Sweezey was a familiar face at the Keeneland September yearling sale. But a non-compete agreement kept him from being an active participant in last year's auction after he left Darby Dan. Now Sweezey is back with his own consignment, T. Wayne Sweezey and partners, which has 22 horses in the September catalog.
John Phillips, owner of Darby Dan Farm near Lexington, announced that industry veteran Kip Elser of Kirkwood Stables would be joining the team as interim sales director.
Buyers and sellers look back on a Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select sale yearling market that suffered declines in gross revenue, average price, and median price.
Owners and sale company officials say recently filed legislation requiring the disclosure of ownership and veterinary records of sale horses would be difficult to implement.
The Keeneland September yearling auction turned in a solid performance Wednesday in Lexington during the first open session following two days of select offerings.
By Wayne Sweezey - The boiling heat wave had recently passed through upstate New York and on this day temperatures were cooler and more tolerable. Saratoga's paddock was bright and colorful and crowded; a grade I was about to be run.
There's a little bit more suspense than usual heading into the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale, which opens its two-night run Tuesday in New York.
Buyers and consignors say they will miss the Keeneland July select yearling sale.
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