Mark Taylor

'Energy and Enthusiasm' Fuels Strong Keeneland September Sale

Even the most optimistic observer would have been hard-pressed to predict that the 2023 Keeneland September Yearling Sale would live up to its blockbuster 2022 renewal, but when the dust had settled Saturday afternoon, the auction's 12-day run produced numbers largely in line with last year's record setter. "Coming into this year, we had to have a little bit of caution just because of the economic climate and some negativity in the sport," admitted Keeneland Vice President of Sales Tony Lacy. "I think we have to be extremely happy with...

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'A Lot of People, a Lot of Energy & a Lot of Activity' – Bolt d'Oro Filly Leads Way During KEESEP Book 5 Finale

A filly by Bolt d'Oro brought $127,000 from Choctaw Racing to lead the way during Thursday's Book 5 finale at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. A son of Frosted was the highest-priced colt on the day and the session's second-highest priced yearling, realizing $110,000 from the Korea Racing Authority. Ten yearlings brought $100,000 or more during the session while 13 hit that mark last year. Keeneland sold a total of 289 yearlings through the ring Thursday for $9,276,500, good for an average of $32,099 and a median of $25,000. The...

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'The Digital Market Is Going To Expand' – Taylor Embraces Fasig's Platform

With a nod to 80s video game nostalgia, the chiptune of another bid signifies that the Fasig-Tipton Digital Sale is in full swing. Active through next Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 1 p.m. (ET), Taylor Made Sales is making its presence felt as an agent for 37 of the 127 offerings available. Mark Taylor, President and CEO of Taylor Made, has clearly embraced the potential of the platform. "We believe digital sales will become more prevalent in the future, but are already a useful part of the market," Taylor said. "Timing...

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Not This Time Share Kicks Off Tuesday Night at Fasig Saratoga

A share in leading sire Not This Time figures to provide some fireworks when it kicks off the action Tuesday night at Saratoga. The sale of the share is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Not This Time is the sire of five Grade I winners from three crops to race, and is the leading fourth-crop sire of 2023. The share includes all projected income from the 2023 breeding season. Shareholders receive one nomination annually, plus their proportional share of the excess book. (See complete details here.) Not This Time is governed...

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A Different Role but Still Made to Measure

  When Saint Ballado came to the farm, Duncan Taylor recalls Les Brinsfield telling him to try Mari's Book mares. "Mari's Book!" he exclaims now. "It's not like there were Mari's Book mares all around, out there in the population. But Les was a smart guy, very analytical." And it was easy to see the logic: Mari's Book was by Northern Dancer out of a Maribeau mare; and Maribeau, like Saint Ballado's sire Halo, was out of Cosmah--whose half-sister Natalma, of course, gave us the sire of Mari's Book. Plenty of...

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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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Mark Taylor Joins Keeneland Board

Mark Taylor, president and CEO of Taylor Made Farm, has been named to Keeneland's Advisory Board of Directors. Longtime Keeneland directors Louis Lee Haggin III, Charles Nuckols III and Duncan Taylor will move to emeritus roles on the Advisory Board. "We welcome Mark Taylor to the Keeneland Board, where his lifelong experience in the horse industry and his business acumen will be invaluable as we navigate future opportunities and challenges," Keeneland President and CEO Shannon Arvin said. "We also thank Louis Haggin, Charlie Nuckols and Duncan Taylor for their decades-long...

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Keeneland Ringman Sends First Pinhook Through Sales Ring

Of all the pinhookers at this year's Keeneland September Sale, DeJuan Smith has definitely taken the most hands-on approach. While some sellers might watch anxiously from the back ring or in a seat in the sales pavilion, Smith will quite literally be on the shank of his own horse as it goes through the sales ring. Smith is a ringman for Keeneland and also a show person for Taylor Made Sales. On Thursday Hip 3452, his first pinhook project, will sell with Taylor Made. Could Smith be the first person...

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Taylor Made CEO Mark Taylor Talks Not This Time, Yearling Sales On Writers' Room

Business is booming at Taylor Made, not just because of the company's continued status as the largest sales consignor in the country, but also on the stallion side with the continued ascent of their young star sire Not This Time. Tuesday, Taylor Made CEO joined the TDN Writers' Room presented by Keeneland as the Green Group Guest of the Week to talk about Not This Time's newest Grade I winner in Runhappy Travers S. romper Epicenter, his team's approach to yearling sales and more. "You can never predict that a...

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Mark Taylor Joins the TDN Writers' Room

Mark Taylor joins this week's TDN Writers' Room to talk about the success of Taylor Made sire Not This Time and his Travers-winning son Epicenter. He also gives a preview of Taylor Made's consignment at the Keeneland September Sale.

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Taylor Made Partners to Offer Customers Cryptocurrency Payments

Leading consignor Taylor Made Sales has announced a partnership with the Montreal-based fintech company Dello to offer cryptocurrency payments to its customers. "Taylor Made has clients from all over the world," said Taylor Made CEO Mark Taylor. "We want to make things as easy as possible for them. Accepting crypto makes good business sense." Dello enables sellers to accept cryptocurrency without ever having to convert it or handle it directly, according to a press release from Taylor Made. Since the crypto payments are settled in local currency, the seller doesn't...

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Duncan Taylor: With Him, You've Been Family

He always says that had he been born in Detroit, he would have gone into the automobile trade. In other words, whatever kind of horseman he might allow us to credit him, first and foremost he came into the world a businessman. Now that Duncan Taylor is stepping down from the helm of one of its most remarkable family concerns, then, the Bluegrass can count itself fortunate that fate instead applied his flair to a more literal type of horsepower. True, the old school can't have been enamored by his...

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