Woodford Thoroughbreds

Seven-Figure Colts Head Strong Tattersalls Trade

By Emma Berry and Kelsey Riley NEWMARKET, UK--Watership Down Stud's signature family of Darara (Ire) brought yet more success for breeders Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber when their Sea The Stars (Ire) colt out of So Mi Dar (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) sold to Bill Farish for 1.2 million gns at Tattersalls. As the bidding progressed, Andrew Lloyd Webber appeared in the ring seconds before Anthony Stroud and the Godolphin team gave way to Charlie Gordon-Watson, who was bidding on behalf of the American owner of Lane's End Farm. "We don't...

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Amplify Horse Racing's Mentorship Pilot Program a Success

Several new faces were on the Keeneland sales grounds this week as part of the initial pilot for the Amplify Horse Racing Mentorship Program. This August, the three-month program launched with a group of 12 mentees hailing from eight different states. While most mentor-mentee pairs were separated by distance and initially planned on holding their meetings virtually, several mentees expressed an interest in meeting their mentors in person and decided to make the trip to Lexington for their first visit to the Keeneland September Sale. Matt Scull, age 23, lives...

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City of Light Book 3 Yearlings Keeping Busy at Keeneland

If City of Light was considered to be in demand after the close of Book 1 at the Keeneland September Sale, his yearlings were perhaps even more challenging to get ahold of by the end of Book 2. First a colt by the first-crop stallion out of the graded stakes-producing mare Ghostslayer (Ghostzapper) brought $1.05 million late in the second session of the auction on Tuesday, selling as Hip 376, but then the next day another colt by the Lane's End sire, Hip 612 out of SP Anchorage (Tapit), brought...

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Pin Oak Stud Dispersal Draws a Crowd

LEXINGTON, KY - A large group of interested parties turned out at Fasig-Tipton as an offering of 23 mares and foals from the dispersal of Josephine Abercrombie's historic Pin Oak Stud went through the sales ring Sunday evening at Newtown Paddocks. Bloodstock agent Lincoln Collins, bidding on behalf of John and Susan Sykes's Woodford Thoroughbreds, made the evening's highest bid when going to $650,000 to acquire multiple graded stakes winner Don't Leave Me (Lemon Drop Kid) (hip 18). The 9-year-old mare sold in foal to 2020 Horse of the Year...

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NYRA, FOX Sports TV Analyst Acacia Courtney Joins Writers' Room

One of the stars of the successful New York Racing Association and Fox Sports daily broadcast from Saratoga, Acacia Courtney joined the TDN Writers' Room podcast presented by Keeneland Wednesday morning. Calling in via Zoom as the Green Group Guest of the Week, Courtney gave her impressions on the early part of the Saratoga meet and talked strategy when it comes to analyzing the 2-year-old races that are so integral to the programs at the Spa. Asked about the different feeling in the air at tracks this year with fans...

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Seven More Go :9.4, Two More :20.2 During Second OBS Under-Tack Session

Seven more juveniles matched Thursday's fastest furlong of :9 4/5 during Friday's second of three under-tack previews for the OBS March sale, while another two tied the top quarter-mile time of :20 2/5. Hip 220, the morning's first breezer, kicked off a strong day for last year's leading first-crop sire Nyquist. Consigned by Top Line Sales, Agent XVII, she was one of two Nyquist fillies to go in :9 4/5. The $67,000 KEESEP RNA, a June 3 foal, is out of a half to speedy GSW This Ones for Phil...

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Lillingston Hails Book 1 Draft As Best Ever

Whether contemplating the travails of society at large, or just the viability of our own walk of sporting life, these are certainly days that demand the long view. And few will be bringing a perspective on the October Sale to match that of Luke Lillingston of Mount Coote Stud. Next week Lillingston will be bringing yearlings to Tattersalls for a 20th consecutive year. And, while there was some overlap, his late father Alan clocked up an unbroken half-century selling there after establishing one of the most fertile Thoroughbred nurseries in...

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OBS Makes Plans for Safety Protocols at Spring Sale

The juvenile sales calendar, interrupted by the coronavirus epidemic, is scheduled to resume in three weeks with the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale of 2-year-Olds in Training and the OBS board met Monday to discuss the implementation of safety protocols ahead of the four-day auction. OBS held the only 2-year-olds in training sale of the year so far in March, just as the pandemic was starting to cause mass cancellations. Precautions for the Spring Sale will continue on from protocols put in place prior to the March sale, according...

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Woodford Thoroughbreds Announces New Safety Protocols for Upcoming OBS June Sale

As many businesses evolve to address public safety concerns in the age of COVID-19, Woodford Thoroughbreds has announced extensive safety protocols for the OBS Horses in Training Sale set to take place June 9-12. Beth Bayer, Director of Sales commented, "The 2-year-old in training sales are a critical piece to the sale cycle of the Thoroughbred Industry in the United States. We have full confidence in the preparation that went into our horses and expect them to perform well. Woodford Thoroughbreds understands in order for the sale to be a...

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Woodford Team Voting for Independence

Studying political science at college, the only Constitution she might have expected to see put to the test right now was the one that opens with the words, "We the people..." As it is, Shannon Castagnola just feels relief that fate diverted her from her original vocation, to chronicle impeachments or caucuses, and instead afforded her a professional stake in one of the frontrunners for the highest sophomore office of 2020. Castagnola is the Director of Marketing and Client Relations at Woodford Thoroughbreds, the farm that bred and raised Independence...

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