Tom Ryan

Selective Market Prevails as Book 3 Concludes at Keeneland

LEXINGTON, KY - Bidding continued to be solid for the prized lots, but the market was increasingly polarized as the second and final Book 3 session concluded Saturday in Lexington. Trainer Bob Baffert and Donato Lanni purchased the day's highest-priced offering, going to $450,000 to acquire a colt from the first crop of Unified on behalf of Mike Pegram, Paul Weitman, and Karl Watson. During Saturday's session, 239 horses sold for $18,364,200. The average was $76,838 and the median was $52,000. With 110 horses reported not sold, the buy-back rate...

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Late Action As Book 2 Concludes

By Brian DiDonato & Jessica Martini LEXINGTON, KY--While Thursday's second and final Book 2 session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale included some lulls without big-money sellers, it finished strong, with the day's top two lots coming in the final 20 or so hips. A colt by the in-demand Into Mischief (hip 1203) was the lone Book 2 offering to reach the seven-figure threshold, selling for an even $1-million to Peter Leidel, who did his bidding on the phone. The son of Grade II winner Teen Pauline (Tapit) was consigned...

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Tapit Filly On Top as KEESEP Kicks Off

by Brian DiDonato, Jessica Martini & Christie DeBernardis LEXINGTON, KY--A Tapit filly out of GISW Embellish the Lace (Super Saver) topped the opening session of Keeneland's September yearling sale on a $1.25-million bid by Claiborne Farm's Bernie Sams. The bay was consigned to the auction as hip 149 by Bluewater Sales LLC, Agent XVI, on behalf of breeder China Horse Club. While stringent COVID-19 protocols put in place to allow the world's largest yearling sale to be held at all may have dulled some of the electricity typically felt in...

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Keeneland Homecoming for Con Te Partiro

Con Te Partiro (Scat Daddy), a stakes winner on three continents and a dual Group 1 winner in Australia in 2020, will return to the United States for an appearance in the Breeders' Cup before being offered at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. The 6-year-old will be consigned by Bedouin Bloodstock as a racing/broodmare prospect. A $130,000 purchase by Gatewood Bell's Cromwell Bloodstock out of the 2015 Keeneland September Sale and trained in America by Wesley Ward, the daughter of Temple Street (Street Cry {Ire}) graduated by 5 1/2...

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Second Chances: Spielberg

In this continuing series, TDN's Senior Editor Steve Sherack catches up with the connections of promising maidens to keep on your radar. The highly regarded Spielberg (c, 2, Union Rags-Miss Squeal, by Smart Strike), runner-up on debut as the 4-5 favorite for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert in a quickly run maiden special weight at Del Mar Aug. 8 (video), is currently being aimed at the GI Runhappy Del Mar Futurity Sept. 7. Campaigned in partnership by SF Racing LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables LLC, Golconda Stables, Siena Farm LLC...

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Spendthrift Acquires Majority Interest in Authentic

B. Wayne Hughes's Spendthrift Farm has acquired a majority ownership interest in 3-year-old colt Authentic (Into Mischief--Flawless, by Mr. Greeley), the undefeated GI Kentucky Derby contender who is set to go postward as the likely favorite in Saturday's GI Santa Anita Derby. Spendthrift joins forces with Starlight Racing and Madaket Stables, which have both retained an ownership interest in the undefeated colt. SF Racing, Fred Hertrich, John Fielding and Golconda Stables--all part of the original ownership group--have sold their respective interests in Authentic. "We are very excited to join an...

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Taking Stock: Baffert and The Avengers

When the balance of power shifts anywhere, one side or another usually makes a move to regain equilibrium. It's the way of the world, the yin and the yang of natural order. In Avengers, a film based on Stan Lee characters from Marvel Comics, a guy named Nick Fury, head of S.H.I.E.L.D., acts to save the earth from an outside threat by recruiting a bunch of superheroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and Thor. There's a self-named version of this group in racing now, and they're part of...

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Charlatan Owners Pledge Percentage of Arkansas Derby Earnings to New Vocations

Connections of 'TDN Rising Star' Charlatan (Speightstown), the morning-line favorite in the first division of Saturday's GI Arkansas Derby, will donate 10% of their net earnings to support New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. The participating owners include SF Racing LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables LLC, Frederick Hertrich III, John D. Fielding and Golconda Stables. "Along with our partners, we are delighted to be able to contribute additional funding to New Vocations, especially during these testing times," said Tom Ryan of SF Bloodstock. "New Vocations provides essential support for our equine...

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Creating Magic at Atlas Farm

They say that every cloud has a silver lining. For SF Bloodstock's Tom Ryan, it was a very dark cloud. Last Friday, SF lost a foal at 30 days old. Then the next day, a young mare passed away after suffering from colic for the third time, leaving behind an orphaned foal. "Even when you know it's for all the right reasons, I promise you it's always a difficult call to euthanize any animal," Ryan said. "The ripple effect across a farm afterwards is immense, but without exception the show...

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SF Bloodstock Donates $100,000 to Co-Sponsor New Vocations Indoor Arena

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program announced today that leading owner SF Bloodstock has donated $100,000 to co-sponsor the aftercare facility's indoor arena. In doing so, they join co-sponsor Stonestreet Stables, who were the first to pledge their support, and Fasig-Tipton, who are co-sponsoring the ring in honor of the late Bill Graves. The indoor arena is used to retrain off-the-track horses as they work towards new lives as riding horses. "There's nothing's more important than life beyond the racetrack for our equine athletes," said Tom Ryan of SF Bloodstock. "SF...

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