Improved Clearance Rate At Arqana November Yearling Sale

From a smaller catalogue than 2021, Arqana's November Yearling Sale posted an improved clearance rate of 84% for 115 sold from 137 offered. As a result, the gross was €730,500, while the averaged edged up to €6,352 (+0.3%). The median was unchanged at €5,000. There were over 200 yearlings offered in 2021. Topping proceedings was a filly by Toronado (Ire) (lot 74B) who was knocked down to Equos Racing/Josephine Soudan for €27,000. The bay was offered by Haras d'Ellon, and she was out of the winning Lawman (Fr) mare Valombreuse...

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This Side Up: Billion Dollar Babies are Here

It's a long time now, some 40 years or so, since Nelson Bunker Hunt's notorious observation that "a billion dollars isn't what it used to be". Which presumably means that today it's no longer even quite what it was, back when it wasn't what it used to be. After all, we've just seen the dispersal of a single art collection--assembled by the late Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft--realize $1.5 billion. Nonetheless it feels as though the transatlantic yearling market, in 2022, has reached a pretty historic landmark in tipping 10...

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November Catalogue Released For Tattersalls Online

A total of 57 lots, highlighted by a breeding right in leading first-season sire Havana Grey (GB) (lot 57), have been catalogued for the Tattersalls Online November Sale. There are also shares available in Group 1 sire Almanzor (Fr) (lot 55) and breeding rights in Territories (Ire) (lot 54) and Harry Angel (Ire) (lot 56) set to sell. The sale also features 37 horses-in-training, mares in foal to Harry Angel (Ire), Study Of Man (Ire) and Golden Horn (GB), and a select offering of yearlings and foals. Group-placed filly Freedom...

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200-Strong Sapphire Sale Catalogue Unveiled

The Sapphire Sale catalogue, featuring 200 foals, yearlings and breeding stock, is now online, Tattersalls Ireland revealed on Friday. Slated for Saturday, Nov. 12, the one-day sale will begin at 10:30 a.m. All of the yearlings offered will be eligible for the €300,000 Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sales S. at the Curragh on Irish Champions Weekend. Yearling sale grad Bellabel (Ire) (Belardo {Ire}) won the GII San Clemente S. at Del Mar this year and was also runner-up in the GI Del Mar Oaks. G1 Matron S. heroine Champers Elysees...

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Have Secret Tops The Goffs UK October HIT And Yearling Sale

The dual winner Have Secret (Ire) (Havana Gold {Ire}) (lot 80) topped the Goffs UK October HIT and Yearling Sale at £100,000 on Wednesday. Consigned by Richard Fahey's Musley Bank Stables, he was picked back up by that trainer for different owners. His dam was twice stakes placed in France. Another horse-in-training, Open Champion (Ire) (Postponed {Ire}) (lot 76), made £70,000 to Highflyer Bloodstock and Thurloe Thoroughbreds. Part of Roger Varian's draft, the bay is out of the G3 Sceptre S. heroine Nargys (Ire) (Lawman {Fr}). At the close of...

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OBS October Sale Kicks Off Tuesday

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's October Yearling Sale kicks off Tuesday with a selected yearlings session, which will be followed by an open yearlings session Wednesday. Tuesday's session gets underway at noon with Hips 1-185 and is followed by the supplements, which are Hips 186-209. Wednesday's session begins at 10 a.m. with Hips 251-660 and followed by a section of supplements, which are Hips 661-684. "We are certainly excited seeing what has transpired in the yearling market so far this year," said OBS's Tod Wojciechowski. "The graduates of this sale...

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Goffs UK October HIT & Yearling Sale Catalogue Announced

The 156-strong Goffs UK October HIT & Yearling Sale catalogue is now online. A total of 65 yearlings and 92 horses-in-training will go through the ring at Doncaster from 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Several smart past graduates include the G2 Coral Hurdle hero Buzz (Fr) (Motivator {GB}); the G3 Swinton H. Hurdle victor N'golo (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), as well as the Grade 1 winner Silver Streak (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}). There are a wide variety of trainers bringing drafts to the sale, including Charlie Hills, Charlie & Mark...

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Depth Takes Market to Giddy Heights

The phrase is traced to Bob Hope, apparently when challenged by a heckler during one of his military morale-boosters to explain why he wasn't in uniform. "Don't you know there's a war on?" he replied. "A guy could get hurt!" It would have been perfectly legitimate for one of the Keeneland auctioneers to respond in similar vein to the torrent of bidding that elevated the September Sale to unprecedented highwater marks. Somehow, the kind of factors that traditionally send markets into nauseous free fall have failed to stem a breathless...

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Fasig-Tipton October Catalogue Released

Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 1,594 yearlings for its Kentucky October Yearlings Sale to be held Oct. 24-27 at Newtown Paddocks. Each of the four sessions will begin at 10 a.m. "This is our strongest Kentucky October catalogue to date," said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. "We have outstanding representation from all current top 20 ranked sires, and quality yearlings at all price levels. With 200 stakes wins or placings so far this year, sale graduates continue to achieve tremendous success on the racetrack at the highest levels." Recent Fasig October graduates include...

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Fasig California Sale To Be Held Tuesday

The fourth annual Fasig-Tipton California Fall Yearlings and Horses of All Ages Sale returns to the Fairplex Sales Pavilion in Pomona Tuesday. Bidding for the single session gets underway at 11 a.m. PST, which is 2 p.m. EST. The catalogue is comprised of 279 yearlings, which will sell first, and 55 horses of racing age. The majority of the horses are California-breds, but there are several yearlings by Kentucky-breds sired by the likes of Mineshaft, Outwork, Coal Front, Tapwrit, West Coast, Tiznow, Frosted, etc. "We have a very strong group...

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Claiborne's First-Crop Sires Send Strong Contingent to Keeneland

Following the passing of world-renowned international stallion More Than Ready this summer, four of his sons now stand in Kentucky in the hopes of carrying the torch for their accomplished sire. Among them, Catholic Boy holds the distinction of earning Grade I victories on two surfaces. After collecting six graded wins over his three-year racing campaign, Catholic Boy launched his stud career at Claiborne Farm in 2020. The farm's Walker Hancock said that the $2.1 million earner, who is out a daughter of productive broodmare sire Bernardini, has all the...

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First Foals Out of Grade I-Winning Mares On Offer At KEESEP

One of the major highlights of the Keeneland September Sale, especially Book 1, is the ability to shop the first foals of some of the top racemares in recent years. This year, Book 1 features six yearlings who are the first offspring of Grade I-winning mares. It also includes four others who are not the first foals of top mares, but are the first foals out of Grade I winners to be offered at public auction, such as Hip 51, a Tapit filly out of champion Songbird. SEPARATIONOFPOWERS - Curlin...

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