Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale

Keeneland January Sale Stays Steady on Day Three

by Jessica Martini & Stefanie Grimm LEXINGTON, KY - The Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale continued into its second half Wednesday in Lexington with a session which, while significantly smaller, produced results largely in line with its 2023 counterpart. For the session, 196 horses sold for a gross of $4,352,900. The average of $22,209 was down 2.54% from last year's corresponding session, while the median of $10,000 was up 25%. From 316 catalogued horses, 242 horses were offered and 46 failed to meet their reserves for a buy-back...

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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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Bidding Back in 2024: Keeneland January Sale Starts Monday

The Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale begins Monday in Lexington and continues through Thursday with sessions beginning daily at 10 a.m. Following on the heels of an apparently softening market at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale two months ago, consignors expect to see that all-too familiar polarization continue at the first auction of 2024. "If you take a nice physical over there--the same as in November--it will stand out and should bring plenty of money," said Hunter Simms of Warrendale Sales. "I think last year was a...

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Kinga Consignment a Day One Affair at Keeneland January

Nina Gueorguieva's Kinga Farm will offer seven horses at next week's Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale and the entire group will be offered during the four-day auction's first session Monday in Lexington. "I was surprised they gave me the first day of the sale. I asked them if something went wrong," Gueorguieva said with a laugh. "They said no, nothing is wrong." A native of Bulgaria, Gueorguieva first came to the U.S. in 1995 as an exchange student. She had participated in show jumping and dressage in Bulgaria...

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Knicks Go Yearling Brings Moore Full Circle at Keeneland January

Sabrina Moore's GreenMount Farm will offer its final consignment during next week's Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale and, fittingly, the consignment's three offerings kick off with a short yearling from the first crop of the champion who put the Maryland farm on the map, Knicks Go. "It's a little bittersweet that this is going to be my last consignment," Moore admitted. "But it will kind of come full circle, hopefully." Moore and her mother Angie co-bred Knicks Go and sold the son of the late Paynter for $40,000...

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Keeneland Adds Eight Horses To 2024 January Horses Of All Ages Sale

With a total of 1,467 entries, Keeneland has supplemented eight horses to the 2024 January Horses of All Ages Sale, which will cover four sessions Jan. 8-11, the organization said in a release Thursday. Consigned by Mill Ridge Sales, agent, as a broodmare prospect, Dolce Zel (hip 839) concluded her racing career in November at Del Mar by winning the Kathryn Crosby S. The daughter of Zelzal (Fr) was a winner in her native France and in 2022 won or placed in five of six races--all stakes--led by victories in...

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Ghostzapper Weanling Tops Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale

A weanling colt by Ghostzapper (hip 29) brought the top price of the Fasig-Tipton December Mixed Sale Tuesday in Timonium when selling for $82,000 to Machmer Hall. The bay colt, bred in Maryland by Owen Kiernan and consigned by Northview Stallion Station, is the first foal out of the unraced Dance All Day (Exaggerator). The mare is a half-sister to 2021 Queen's Plate winner Safe Conduct (Bodemeister) and to stakes winner Dancing Duchess (Munnings). She RNA'd for $21,000 with this foal in utero at the 2023 Keeneland January sale. The...

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$650k Ancient Peace Tops Competitive KEEJAN Session

LEXINGTON, KY - The Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale continued to keep pace with its 2021 renewal with a day of competitive bidding topped by the 3-year-old filly Ancient Peace (War Front), who sold for $650,000 to Travis Boersma's Boardshorts Stables late in Tuesday's second session of the four-day auction. "It started strong and it held pace," said Keeneland's Vice President of Sales Tony Lacy. "We've got to be very encouraged with the consistency within the market. Quality was selling well. There was hunger for the good stock...

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$550k Evocative on Top as Late Fireworks Propel Keeneland January to Strong Opener

LEXINGTON, KY - The Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, which began sluggishly Monday morning, built up steam throughout the day and ended with a trio of firework offerings and figures largely in line with the auction's 2022 renewal. "The beginning of the day was definitely slower than we probably expected," said Keeneland's Vice President of Sales Tony Lacy. "It was a little sluggish. But as the day went on, it became more promising." At the close of business Monday, 224 head had sold for $16,261,900. The average was...

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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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Laymon Hopes to Take Front Row at Keeneland January

Steve Laymon watched Goodnight Olive (Ghostzapper) clinch a likely Eclipse Award with her win in the GI Breeders' Cup F/M Sprint at Keeneland in November and the founder of the First Row Partners racing partnership will be back at Keeneland Monday to watch that mare's half-sister Katie's Keepsake (Medaglia d'Oro) (hip 55) sell with the Nursery Place consignment during the first session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale. Laymon purchased the unraced mare, in foal to Tiz the Law, for $65,000 at the 2021 Keeneland November sale....

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