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September Sale Poses Challenge for Sellers

September Sale Poses Challenge for Sellers

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.

Sweezey Glad to Be Back at September Sale

Sweezey Glad to Be Back at September Sale

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.

Elser Joins Darby Dan, Heiple Promoted

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.

Riding Out

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.

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