Cormac Breathnach

'Fair and Stable' Keeneland January Sale Concludes

by Jessica Martini & Stefanie Grimm LEXINGTON, KY - Driven by strong demand at the top--which saw the auction produce its first seven-figure horses in five years--the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale concluded Thursday in Lexington with a fairly steady average, but a double-digit decline in median. "I think it's been a very fair and stable market," said Keeneland Director of Sales Tony Lacy. "We saw a lot of stability and a lot of good trade going on. When you look at the fact that we haven't had...

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$700,000 Sebago Lake Charges Keeneland January Tuesday

by Jessica Martini & Stefanie Grimm LEXINGTON, KY - During a session dominated for much of the day by the short yearlings, the supplemented broodmare Sebago Lake (Tapit) jumped to the lead in the final hips when selling for $700,000 to Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm. Overall, through two days of the four-day auction, 430 head have grossed $31,596,700 for an average of $73,481 and a median of $30,500. With continued strength at the top of the market, the Book 1 average dipped just 3.39% from a year ago, but...

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Million-Dollar Mares Pace Keeneland January Opener

by Jessica Martini & Stefanie Grimm LEXINGTON, KY - The Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, which hadn't had a million-dollar mare since 2019, had two reach seven figures during its opening session Monday in Lexington, with 19-year-old Tom Wachman making the day's highest bid of $1.6-million to acquire the broodmare prospect Prank (Into Mischief) on behalf of his grandfather, John Magnier's Coolmore. Late in the session, Tomoyuki Nakamura of K I Farm purchased Curlin's Voyage (Curlin) for $1 million. "I think we've got to be very happy with...

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'Pragmatic' Keeneland November Sale Concludes with Numbers Down

The Keeneland November Breeding Stock concluded its nine-day run in Lexington Thursday with numbers off from its 2022 renewal in what Keeneland Vice President of Sales Tony Lacy called a "pragmatic, solid sale." At the close of business Thursday, 2,128 horses had sold through the ring for $176,571,000. The average of $82,975 was down 16.94% from a year ago, while the median of $32,000 was down 20.00%. "Overall, it's been a very pragmatic, solid sale," said Lacy. "Demand for quality is extremely strong, probably as strong as ever, and that's...

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$825K Cancel This Tops 'Realistic' Book 2 Opener at Keeneland November

by Jessica Martini & Christina Bossinakis LEXINGTON, KY - The first of two Book 2 sessions of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale saw marked polarization, as the demand for the perceived quality remained strong, but fell off for the less desired offerings. "It's been a realistic, selective market today," said Keeneland Vice President of Sales Tony Lacy. "I think it was pretty evident throughout the day, people knew what they wanted and they were very specific about what they were willing to invest in. Speaking to a lot of...

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Keeneland's Cormac Breathnach Joins TDN Writers' Room Podcast

It's a busy time at Keeneland. The September sale has just ended, the fall race meet is upon us and the November sale is right around the corner. With that in mind, the TDN Writers' Room podcast presented by Keeneland called upon Keeneland Director of Sales Operations Cormac Breathnach to fill us in on the latest from one of America's favorite racetracks. Breathnach was this week's Green Group Guest of the Week. The foal crop keeps dropping every year, but that doesn't seem to affect the September sale. There were...

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Keeneland's Cormac Breathnach Joins the TDN Writers' Room

Keeneland's Director of Sales Operations Cormac Breathnach previews Keeneland's Fall Stars Weekend and the upcoming November Sale.

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'Energy and Enthusiasm' Fuels Strong Keeneland September Sale

Even the most optimistic observer would have been hard-pressed to predict that the 2023 Keeneland September Yearling Sale would live up to its blockbuster 2022 renewal, but when the dust had settled Saturday afternoon, the auction's 12-day run produced numbers largely in line with last year's record setter. "Coming into this year, we had to have a little bit of caution just because of the economic climate and some negativity in the sport," admitted Keeneland Vice President of Sales Tony Lacy. "I think we have to be extremely happy with...

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$1.2M Half-Brother To Mage Leads Competitive Book 2 Opener at Keeneland

By Jessica Martini & Christina Bossinakis LEXINGTON, KY - The Keeneland September Yearling Sale's first Book 2 session continued right on from where the auction's elite Book 1 section concluded, producing strong results largely in line with last year's record-setting renewal. During Wednesday's session, 209 yearlings sold for $64,024,000. The session average of $306,335 and the median was $255,000. During last year's Book 2 opener, 219 head grossed $66,695,000 for an average of $304,543 and a median of $250,000. With 83 horses reported not sold, the buy-back rate was 28.42%....

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Current Form on Offer at Keeneland April Sale Sunday

Keeneland will host its April Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale Sunday, with the first of 121 catalogued lots scheduled to go through the ring at 4 p.m. The auction, which features several offerings who were winners at the track's recently concluded meet, was originally scheduled to be held after the races on the track's final card Friday, but was moved to Sunday to avoid conflict with the final day of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training. "This year, we have it on Sunday afternoon...

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Looking to Keep Momentum Going, Keeneland January Sale Starts Monday

The Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale opens its four-day run Monday in Lexington and Keeneland officials will be hoping to kick off 2023 the same way they ended 2022 following strong renewals of Keeneland's November and September auctions. "I think we have to be pretty optimistic, coming off a strong November with a vibrant market," Keeneland's Vice President of Sales Tony Lacy said of expectations for the sale. "I think there is still an appetite for quality young stock and horses with perceived value." There was strong demand...

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Late Fireworks for Unraced $1-Million Into Mischief Colt at Keeneland

An unraced 2-year-old colt by record-setting sire Into Mischief brought $1 million from Mick Wallace, agent, on behalf of Gandharvi Racing, to dissolve a partnership very late in the day to top Keeneland's single-session November Horses of Racing Age Sale Thursday. Produced by Gaudete (Distorted Humor)--an unraced half-sister to leading young sire Munnings (Speightstown)--Hip 5352 was consigned by Highgate Sales, Agent XXXV. The topper previously brought $350,000 from China Horse Club/Gandharvi Racing at last year's Keeneland September Sale. His yearling half-brother by Violence brought $300,000 from Repole Stable and St....

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