Keeneland's Geoffrey Russell and Walt Robertson analyze 2014 April sale of 2-year-olds in training.
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The market was bullish at the top during the Keeneland sale of 2-year-olds in training April 9 in Lexington. The most expensive price for an individual horse increased to $700,000 from $625,000 last year.
Black Witch, a daughter of Majestic Warrior, was purchased by Hill 'n' Dale Sales for $400,000, the co-highest price at the Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Read what 2-year-olds horsemen think could bring a lot of money at the Keeneland sale of 2-year-olds in training in Lexington.
Keeneland's juvenile auction, which is scheduled for April 9 in Lexington, will close out a selling season for select 2-year-olds in training that has been generally positive.
Seven horses zipped an eighth of a mile in :9 4/5 during the under tack show for the Keeneland sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Wilburn found himself in the spotlight early in life. In 2010, the Bernardini colt topped the Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training with his $625,000 price.
Pinhookers' 2-year-olds are more profitable because they spent less to acquire them as yearlings.
The only horse in the great sire Storm Cat's final crop scheduled to sell at public auction as a juvenile didn't find a new home April 11.
The Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training generated figures that were close to last year's results, providing more evidence that the Thoroughbred marketplace is in the process of stabilizing.
The Keeneland sale of 2-year-olds in training April 11 in Lexington will close out this year's select juvenile selling season, which has produced mixed results.
The great sire Storm Cat had only three foals in his final crop and one of them will be offered April 11 during Keeneland's sale of 2-year-olds in training in Lexington.
Horses by Street Sense and War Front are among the horses getting a lot of attention prior to the Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training.
With the sun shining in Lexington and the temperature climbing into the 70s, four horses turned in workout times at an eighth of a mile that were under :10.
A High Fly filly turned in a sizzling work April 16 during the fourth and final session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida.
A filly by Da Stoops was among the standouts April 13 during the first session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's spring sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida.
The buy-back rate for the April 5 juvenile auction drops while the gross and median price increase; average off 5.4%.
Son of Bernardini purchased by Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables.
Trainer John Ward buys him for John Oxley from Eddie Woods, agent.
Birdstone colt brings $310,000; Indian Charlie filly sells for $325,000.
Easter Sunday was a holiday for many people, but buyers and consignors were hard at work at Keeneland getting ready for the sale of 2-year-olds in training. Following is a list of horses they said could bring big prices.
Our Perfect Ten, a daughter of Medaglia d'Oro, missed the Keeneland under-tack show because of a shoeing mishap but got the chance to work April 4, a day before the 2-year-olds in training sale.
The auction will wrap up the select juvenile selling season, which has enjoyed some modest rebounds.
The five 2-year-olds had been purchased at 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale.
Goodeveningofficer is entered in the first race April 3 at the Kentucky track and is scheduled to be offered April 5 in Keeneland's juvenile auction.
Here is a list of standouts in the auction based on workout times, yearling purchase prices, and pedigrees.
On a beautiful spring day, chestnut juvenile works a quarter mile in :20 3/5.
Auction action also can be viewed on the Internet at Keeneland.com.
The Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training was the fifth and final major select juvenile auction of the year, and its results followed the downward trends seen at the earlier sales. Read what buyers and consignors had to say about the market in Lexington April 6 and 7.
Keeneland's sale of 2-year-olds in training, like just about every other Thoroughbred auction in recent memory, generated results that lagged well behind the previous year's statistics. The gross revenue for the two-day sale, which ended the evening of April 7 in Lexington, dropped 27.6% while the average price declined 15.5%. The median price fell 21.7%.
Keeneland's April auction is the year's fifth and final major sale of 2-year-olds in training. The results for the previous auctions have been sobering, and most consignors are expecting to have a tough time again getting the prices they want for their horses April 6 and 7 in Lexington.
Will Vallenzeri find a new home this time around? It won't take long to find out because the chestnut colt is Hip No. 22 in the Keeneland sale of 2-year-olds in training. He probably will go through the sale ring during the first hour of the auction's April 6 opening session, which begins at 7 p.m. (EDT).
This is a list of colts and fillies that their consignors believe could impress buyers shopping during the April 6 first session of the Keeneland sale of 2-year-olds in training in Lexington.
This is a list of colts and fillies that their consignors believe could impress buyers shopping during the April 7 second session of the Keeneland sale of 2-year-olds in training in Lexington.
In what has been a tough, grin-and-bear-it kind of year for sellers of 2-year-olds, Mike Akers of Dapple Bloodstock got a break from the bad news April 2 in Lexington. A son of Songandaprayer, which Dapple had purchased for $110,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Easter Fall yearling sale, turned in the fastest work at an eighth of a mile during the under tack show for the Keeneland juvenile auction. The dark bay or brown colt covered the distance in :9 4/5 over Keeneland's Polytrack surface.
This is a list of horses to keep an eye on during the April 6 first session of the Keeneland sale of 2-year-olds in training in Lexington.
This is a list of horses to keep an eye on during the April 7 second session of the Keeneland sale of 2-year-olds in training in Lexington:
Vallenzeri set a world Thoroughbred auction record last year as a $7.7-million buy-back at the Keeneland September yearling sale. He's back at Keeneland trying to find a new home again, this time as Hip No. 22 in the April sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Champion Stardom Bound is scheduled to run in the April 4 Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland, but her half-brother by Roman Ruler won't be offered during the Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training in Lexington.
HRTV will provide live coverage of Keeneland's sale of 2-year-olds in training, which is scheduled for April 6 and 7 in Lexington. Sessions begin each evening at 7 p.m. (EDT).
Keeneland has cataloged 212 juveniles for its April Two-Year-Olds in training sale, to be held Monday and Tuesday evenings, April 6-7. Sessions begin at 7 p.m. ET. The Preview Show will be held Thursday, April 2, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
|Jockey||Daniel P. Vergara|
|Owner||Windy Lea Farms|
|April View Five-Cross Pedigree||Capsized||Summer Squall|
|Blazing Deputy||Silver Deputy|
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|Catch a Glimpse|
|The Chilli Man|