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First Foals: Gainesway's McKinzie and Spun to Run

First foals for Gainesway stallions McKinzie (Street Sense) and Spun to Run (Hard Spun) were born earlier this week. Withholding Info (Midnight Lute), a winner of two of three career starts for Bob Baffert, foaled a filly by McKinzie on Jan. 11 in Kentucky at Hill 'n' Dale. Four-time GISW and GI Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up McKinzie stands the 2022 season at Gainesway for $30,000. Three-time winner L.A. Style (Scat Daddy) produced a filly by Spun to Run in Louisiana Jan. 11. Spun to Run, upset winner of the 2019...

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Taking Stock: Varola, Hewitt Discuss Vaguely Noble & Caro

If you are a student of pedigrees, you'll know of Franco Varola and Abram S. Hewitt. If not, take my word for it that they were two giants in the field of pedigree research, and both were excellent writers. Varola, an Italian whose first name was Francesco, is known for two iconic books, "Typology of the Racehorse" and "The Functional Development of the Thoroughbred," both of which examined influential stallions by aptitude and classified them as "chefs-de-race" within the dosage framework originally developed by Lt. Col. J.J. Vuillier at the...

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Anchor Down Relocated to Iowa State University

Anchor Down (Tapit--Successful Outlook, by Orientate), a two-time graded winner at a mile and runner-up in the prestigious 2016 GI Mohegan Sun Metropolitan H., has been relocated to stand the 2022 season at Iowa State University. He began his career at stud at Gainesway in Kentucky. From two crops of racing age, Anchor Down, a $250,000 KEESEP yearling, is the sire of 22 winners and six stakes horses. Produced by GSW Successful Outlook, Anchor Down is a half-brother to GISW Sweet Lulu (Mr. Greeley) and a full-brother to GSW Iron...

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Sherri Ivanovich Promoted to Gainesway Farm Manager

Sherri Ivanovich, who has been with Gainesway Farm as yearling manager for two decades, has been named the Kentucky nursery's farm manager. "I have worked with Sherri for over 30 years and she is the epitome of hard work and dedication," said Brian Graves, Gainesway's general manager. "A great deal of any success we've had is a direct result of Sherri's support, and her commitment to excellence. I am very excited to promote her to this role at Gainesway." The farm said in a press release that her leadership has...

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Belle Street Stars Saturday at Keeneland

LEXINGTON, KY - With Godolphin's Belle Street (Street Sense) leading the way at $550,000, the Book 3 section of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale opened Saturday with strong results as the 10-day auction continues to track well ahead of 2020 figures. During Saturday's session, 252 head grossed $19,981,500. The session average of $79,292 was up 36.37% from the corresponding 2020 figure and the median of $65,000 was up 49.43%. With 78 horses reported not sold, the buy-back rate was 23.64%. It was 24.67% a year ago. Through four sessions,...

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Demand Remains High as Book 2 Concludes

by Jessica Martini & Christie DeBernardis LEXINGTON, KY - Demand for horses remained high across the board as the Book 2 section of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale concluded Friday in Lexington. "Today was pretty spectacular from start to finish," Keeneland's Director of Sales Operations Cormac Breathnach said Friday evening. "It was a very strong day all the way through. We sense some frustration on the part of buyers with the momentum from September carrying through to November." A total of 475 head sold during the two Book 2...

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Miki Strikes For Pink Sands at Keeneland

Pink Sands (Tapit--Her Smile, by Include), a two-time graded winner for Gainesway Stable and Andrew Rosen and offered in foal to Into Mischief, took the lead late on the opening day of the Keeneland November Sale, realizing a final bid of $2.3 million from Japan's Masahiro Miki. Consigned by Gainesway as agent, the 6-year-old daughter of GI Prioress S. victress Her Smile (Include) was brought along patiently by Shug McGaughey and registered her first stakes victory in the 2019 Lady's Secret S. at Monmouth Park. Winner of the GIII Rampart...

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Hard Not to Love To Gainesway/Whisper Hill

Hard Not to Love (Hard Spun--Loving Vindication, by Vindication), victorious in the 2019 GI La Brea S. at Santa Anita, was the latest mare to shine at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale Tuesday, selling to a partnership consisting of Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm and Gainesway for $3.2 million. The Ontario-bred, cataloged as hip 184, was consigned to the sale by Lane's End and is a half-sister to Canadian Horse of the Year Wonder Gadot (Medaglia d'Oro) and SW & GSP Solemn Tribute (Medaglia d'Oro). Her second dam is GSW/GISP Chimichurri...

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Gainesway's 2022 Roster Led by Tapit

Gainesway's perennial leading sire Tapit (Pulpit--Tap Your Heels, by Unbridled) will once again head the farm's stallion roster and stud fees for the upcoming 2022 season. Tapit will remain at $185,000 live foal, stands and nurses. Currently among the top five North American stallions on the leading sires list of 2021, Tapit has three year-end leading sire titles and is North America's leading sire of Grade I winners with 27, Grade I performers with 58, graded stakes winners with 92, graded stakes horses with 177, and stakes performers with 284....

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Grade I Winner Offers 'Perfect' Opportunity at Fasig-Tipton

Gainesway Farm enjoyed an unforgettable Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale this year as the leading consignor of the elite auction with 12 yearlings sold including the $2.6 million sales topper. Now, they hope to continue the same success at the upcoming Fasig-Tipton Night of the Stars Sale on Nov. 9 with a consignment that features three graded stakes winners including the speedy and precocious Perfect Alibi (Sky Mesa - No Use Denying, by Maria's Mon). The Grade I winner campaigned by Tracy Farmer will be offered in foal to super-sire Into Mischief....

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Bonanza Keeneland September Sale Concludes

The Keeneland September Yearling Sale, launched last week with a Bluegrass band, mimosas, and a boutique Book 1 section, continued its momentum straight through to the end of its 11th session, concluding with a sales record average, median and buy-back rate. The gross, which was over $300,000,000 for three straight years before falling to $248,978,700 during the pre-vaccination pandemic in 2020, rebounded to $352,823,000 by the time the last hip went through the ring Friday evening. It was the auction's sixth highest gross in history. "The hope was that we...

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Gun Runner Colt Takes the Lead at Keeneland Wednesday

A colt by Gun Runner went to the head of the results sheet when selling for $975,000 to Jacob West at Keeneland Wednesday. West was bidding on behalf of the partnership of Mike Repole and Vinnie Viola. Todd Pletcher will train the youngster. The chestnut colt was consigned by Gainesway on behalf of breeder Winchell Thoroughbreds. He is out of the unraced Time to Tap (Tapit), a full-sister to Winchell's champion filly Untapable and a half to Grade I winner Paddy o'Prado (El Prado {Ire}). Time to Tap is also...

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