Derek MacKenzie

Following Sea to Stand in Manitoba

Following Sea (Runhappy--Quick Flip, by Speightstown), the recently retired winner of the 2021 GII Vosburgh S., will begin his stud career next season at Rivard Stables in Eli, Manitoba. The 5-year-old was purchased from his breeder, Spendthrift Farm, by longtime Manitoba horseman Gary Naherniak to stand in Western Canada. Racing in the Spendthrift colors for trainer Todd Pletcher, Following Sea was second in the 2021 GI Haskell S. and GI Cigar Mile and was third in the GI Breeders' Cup Sprint and GI H. Allen Jerken Memorial S., in addition...

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Record Good Magic Colt on Top at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale

A colt by Good Magic (hip 251) brought a sales record $230,000 to top a solid--if polarized--renewal of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Fall Mixed Sale in upstate New York Tuesday. During the one-session auction, 156 horses grossed $4,522,200 for an average of $28,988 and a median of $18,000. Both average and median dipped from last year's vibrant market. The sale average--which had jumped 48.5% from 2021 to 2022--declined 13% from a year ago, while the median was down 5%. From a catalogue of 337 head, 243 went through the ring with...

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Yearling Market Returns to Maryland for Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Sale

TIMONIUM, MD - The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearlings Sale opens Monday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium with a session of 200 catalogued hips beginning at 1 p.m., and concludes with a further 326 catalogued yearlings for a session beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Despite persistent rain throughout the weekend, shoppers were making the rounds at the sales barns Sunday and consignors are hoping the looks continue to build up to Monday's later start time. "We are cautiously optimistic," said Vinery Sales' Derek MacKenzie. "It seems like the traffic...

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Barns Busy as Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Yearlings Sale Starts Sunday

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - Fasig-Tipton will be looking to continue the momentum set by its record-setting select sale when bidding returns to the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion Sunday evening for the first of two sessions of the New York-Bred Yearlings Sale. Bidding begins Sunday at 7 p.m. and Monday's session will begin at 12 p.m. With the end of the sweltering conditions which punctuated the last week in upstate New York, activity was high at the sales barns on a picture-perfect Saturday morning as a mixture of end-users, pinhookers and...

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Fasig-Tipton NY-Bred Yearlings Sale Starts Sunday

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - The Fasig-Tipton New York-bred Yearlings Sale, which follows on the heels of a strong renewal of the company's Saratoga Selected Yearlings Sale, begins its two-day run at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion Sunday evening at 7 p.m. With the cancellation of last year's auction due to the pandemic, this marks the second time the sale will be held on Sunday and Monday, as opposed to its traditional Saturday and Sunday dates and, with an extra day of showing, consignors were kept busy on the sales grounds...

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Who's Your Pick? Derek MacKenzie

As we approach the end of the calendar, we turn our attention to the incoming sire class of 2021. We asked several judges who their favorite incoming sire is for next year and if there are any other stallions, new or otherwise, that have caught their eye as under-the-radar picks.     DEREK MACKENZIE, Vinery Sales  Higher Power (Medaglia d'Oro), $10,000, Darby Dan  My favorite new sire for 2021 is Higher Power. Physically, he's just phenomenal and his pedigree is hands down the best this year for the new sires....

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