Gabriel Duignan

Fasig-Tipton October Sale Opens Monday

LEXINGTON, KY - The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October Sale brings the curtain down on a competitive season of yearling auctions when it begins its four-day run at Newtown Paddocks Monday morning. A total of 1,586 yearlings have been catalogued for the auction and bidding begins daily at 10 a.m. Consignors were kept busy showing over the weekend and the foot traffic at the barns was a testament to the auction's continued growth in popularity in recent years. "Historically, with the October sale, once the first call to post at Keeneland would...

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Strong Trade Continues in Penultimate KEESEP Session

Strong trade continued at Keeneland Thursday in the 10th of 11 sessions of the Keeneland September Sale and the second of three Book 5 sessions. The day's top seller was a Tapiture colt (Hip 3173) from the Paramount Sales consignment, who brought $145,000 from John Greathouse, agent for Glencrest Farm. A total of 303 yearlings summoned $9.194 million Thursday. The average was $30,343 and the median was $23,000. In the pre-vaccine pandemic era last year, 244 horses brought $4.764 million during the 10th day of selling with an average of...

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Fasig-Tipton Marks 100 Years in Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearlings Sale, swept away by the pandemic last summer, marks its 100th anniversary when bidding on the two-day boutique auction starts Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion. "We are thrilled to be back," Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning said while overseeing action at the sales barns on a brilliantly sunny Sunday morning in upstate New York. "It's wonderful to be here and to feel the excitement and the energy on the sales grounds. And there is that same...

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Classic Empire Filly Sets Quarter-Mile Mark at OBS

The under-tack show for next week's Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training continued Tuesday with a livelier track that saw six horses break the :10 flat mark and a filly by Classic Empire turn in the fastest quarter-mile work of the week so far. Working early in the day's first set Tuesday, a chestnut filly from the first crop of juvenile champion Classic Empire (hip 317) zipped her quarter-mile in :20 2/5. The juvenile is consigned by Keiber Rengifo's Golden Rock Thoroughbreds on behalf of breeders...

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Dilger Equine Scholarship Foundation Announces Two Further Scholarships

The Board of the Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship Foundation has awarded two further scholarships for 2021 to a pair of Irish students studying Animal Science Equine at University College Dublin. Rachel Doran and Ciara Russell have each been awarded with placements at Gabriel and Aisling Duignan's Springhouse Farm in Lexington. "I am honored to have been chosen alongside Ciara for this scholarship and it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get something like this," said Doran, who works in a racing yard while studying towards her degree. "I...

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Fasig Midlantic Fall Yearlings Sale Starts Monday

TIMONIUM, MD - The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearlings Sale begins its two-day run at the Maryland State Fairgrounds Monday afternoon, with bidding scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., and trainers and agents were busy shopping the sales barns on a picture-perfect fall morning Sunday in Timonium. After cancellations and postponements caused by the global pandemic, the yearling sales season finally got underway a month ago with the Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearlings Showcase-an amalgamation of a trio of canceled auctions-followed by the two-week Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Both featured a highly polarized...

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Steady Trade As Keeneland January Continues

LEXINGTON, KY - The Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale continued with a session of steady trade Wednesday and a colt by Uncle Mo causing some early fireworks when selling for $400,000. Gabriel Duignan's Springhouse Farm purchased the pinhooking prospect, who was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency on behalf of breeder Mike Abraham. The short yearling was one of seven horses to bring six figures during the auction's third session. In all, 232 horses sold Wednesday for a total of $5,207,200. The average was $22,445 and the median...

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