A Case Apart, Clay Gets the Last Laugh

He'd given himself five years to make it onto Saturday Night Live. But it had now been six years, and Case Clay could see where he might be headed if he wasn't careful. Stick around too much longer, and he could end up like the guy in the comedy club, sitting there on his own every night with a drink at the end of the bar. "He was a fixture, and a beloved fixture," Clay stresses. "Sometimes he'd be on stage with you, performing, but the rest of the time...

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Dankeschoen, Dalika!: German-Bred Star Mare Fetches $1.65M In Foal to Flightline at Keeneland November

Cataloged as hip 223 as part of Case Clay Thoroughbred Management draft, Dalika (Ger) (Pastorius {Ger}) was hammered down to Pursuit of Success/Bryan Prentice for $1.65 million as the opening session of the Keeneland November Sale began to wind down. In six years at the races, Dalika made 32 trips to the races, good for 10 victories, seven of which came at the stakes level, including a track record-setting performance in the 2022 GI Beverly D. S. where she covered nine furlongs on the turf in 1:46.31. Her other graded...

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Keeneland Kicks Off November Sale Wednesday

With the Breeders' Cup wrapping up an action-packed weekend at Santa Anita, all eyes turn to Lexington for the nation's preeminent breeding stock sales. Keeneland's November sale gets underway Wednesday, and as has become the custom, offers an enticing selection of mares and foals over the course of its five-book run. "For the long-term plan, we are trying to get the quality is there for the buyers we are recruiting, Keeneland Vice President of Sales Tony Lacy said. "We spend many months throughout the year meeting our potential customers and...

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Clay's Debut Consignment Features a Powerhouse Pair

It was almost a year ago that Case Clay stepped away from his position at Three Chimneys Farm to focus full-time on his company, Case Clay Thoroughbred Management. With services including bloodstock auction and private purchases, portfolio management and equine insurance, he has stayed busy since going solo. Clay was in Australia for the Inglis Easter Sale this spring to oversee a successful auction for his clients offering yearlings there. They celebrated several lucrative sales, including a Dundeel (NZ) colt out of Kevikki (Aus) (Smart Missile {Aus})--a mare that Clay...

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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 Catalogs 3,569 for November, Including Puca, Caravel, and Dalika

Keeneland has cataloged 3,569 horses for its 80th November Breeding Stock Sale, which will begin Wednesday, Nov. 8 and run nine sessions through Thursday, Nov. 16, with the stand-alone November Horses of Racing Age Sale the following day, according to a press release from Keeneland Tuesday morning. Click here for the catalogue for the Breeding Stock Sale, which features proven producers, broodmare prospects who were successful racehorses, and royally bred weanlings at all levels of the market. The auction will open with a single-day Book 1, which begins at 1...

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Mage's Dam Puca and GISW Dalika to Keeneland November; Both Offered by Case Clay

Puca (Big Brown--Boat's Ghost, by Silver Ghost), the dam of GI Kentucky Derby winner Mage (Good Magic), will be among the lots at the upcoming Keeneland November sale in an exclusive two-mare initial consignment offered by Case Clay's Case Clay Thoroughbred Management. The other mare in Clay's consignment will be 2022 GI Beverly D. S. winner Dalika (Ger) (Pastorius {Ger}--Drawn To Run {Ire}, by Hurricane Run {Ire}). Puca is carrying a full-sibling to Mage, who has also placed in the GI Preakness S., GI Florida Derby and GI Haskell Invitational...

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Shantisara Leads Field For Pegasus Filly & Mare Turf

A field of 11, headlined by 2-1 morning-line favorite GISW Shantisara (Ire) (Coulsty {Ire}) is expected to line up for Saturday's GIII TAA Pegasus World Cup Filly & Mare Turf Invitational for older females. The 7-2 second choice, Dalika (Ger) (Pastorious {Ger}), will make her 32nd career start in the Pegasus for trainer Albert Stall, Jr. "There's not a horse in America that is more battle-tested than her," said Stall. "She couldn't be more fit and couldn't be more of a warrior, so we got that going for us, too."...

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Thanksgiving Brings Trio of Graded Stakes To The Table

Horse racing fans will tuck in to a traditional helping of graded stakes on Thursday at both Churchill Downs and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Coast-to-coast Grade III gatherings include a dirt and turf race in the GIII Falls City S. and the GIII Cardinal S. before swinging out west to the Jimmy Durante Turf Course for the GIII Red Carpet S. Into Mischief's Played Hard the Favorite in Falls City With only six drawn for the Falls City under the Twin Spires, there is no question that trainer Phil...

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Stellar German Families in the Spotlight at BBAG

BADEN-BADEN, Germany--There has been much for German racing and breeding to celebrate since its premier yearling sale of 12 months ago. That same weekend, Torquator Tasso (Ger), a graduate of the 2018 sale, landed the G1 Grosser Preis von Baden just across the road from the auction house before going on to his memorable victory in the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. A reminder, if one were needed, that German bloodlines can mix it with the very best in the world, as also exemplified recently by the GI Beverly...

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