Siren Serenade, in foal to Tapit, was the January sale topper at $1,025,000
Keeneland: Overall Declines As ‘Quality Over Quantity’ Dominates January Sale

Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale concluded Friday with returns bearing out market trends seen at Thoroughbred auctions worldwide: increasing buyer selectivity and demand for top-quality horses.  Gross sales for the five-day auction, held Jan. 9-13, were $28,785,500, down 18.83 percent from last year’s $35,463,000 for the five-day sale. The average of $29,954 decreased […]

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Arrogate edges California Chrome to win the BC Classic
Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: More Thoughts On The Eclipse Awards

The Eclipse Award ceremony will be held at Gulfstream Park Sat. Jan 21. In last week’s column, we took a brief look at the finalists in both the 2- and 3-year-old divisions. This week we’ll look at the remaining equine categories. Male Sprinter: No surprises among the three horses nominated – Drefong, Lord Nelson, and […]

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Scene at the Keeneland January sale
Follow The Final Day Of The Keeneland January Sale

The fifth and final session of the 2017 Keeneland January sale got underway Friday morning. Hip Nos. 1550 – 1892 were scheduled to go through the sales ring. On Thursday, Keeneland sold 209 horses for $2,489,600, for an average of $11,912 and a median of $5,000. Total sales decreased 22.30 percent from the $3,204,000 for 248 […]

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Dixie Victory, Hip 1457, topped the Thursday session of the KEE January sale
Dixie Union Mare Tops Day Four Of The Keeneland January Sale

Dixie Victory, a winning 6-year-old daughter of Dixie Union cataloged as a broodmare prospect, sold for $100,000 to Willow Wood to lead Thursday’s penultimate session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale. Shawhan Place, agent, consigned Dixie Victory, whose dam is the Grade 1-winning Artax mare Friendly Michelle. A half-sister to stakes winner […]

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Scenics 2017 Keeneland January Sale
Daughter Of Street Sense Tops Wednesday Session Of Keeneland January Sale

  Fifth and Madison, a winning 4-year-old daughter of Street Sense cataloged as a racing or broodmare prospect, sold to Mayday B. Branham for $135,000 to lead Wednesday’s third session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale. Out of the Unbridled mare Unaffordable, Fifth and Madison was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, […]

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Joyfully, in foal to American Pharoah, led the second session at $575,000
Joyfully, In Foal To American Pharoah, Leads Keeneland January’s Second Session

Oussama Aboughazale’s International Equities Holding led buyers at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale for the second consecutive day on Tuesday by spending $1,080,000 for four horses, including $575,000 for session-topper Joyfully, in foal to 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. Joyfully, a 5-year-old daughter of Mineshaft out of the Forestry mare Rejoicing, […]

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Dale Rouk
Longtime Keeneland Sales Team Member Dale Rouk Dies

Dale Stewart Rouk, 79, a member of the Keeneland sales team for more than 40 years until his retirement in 2009, died Jan. 1, 2017, in Burleson, Texas. Rouk was a well-known fixture at Thoroughbred and American Quarter Horse auctions across the U.S. during his career. While working at The Quarter Horse Journal in Amarillo, […]

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Siren Serenade, in foal to Tapit, was the January sale topper at $1,025,000
Keeneland January Begins With Declines; Siren Serenade Tops At $1.025M

Siren Serenade, a daughter of Unbridled’s Song in foal to 2016 leading sire Tapit, sold to Don Alberto Corporation for $1,025,000 to top Monday’s first session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale. Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, consigned Siren Serenade, an 11-year-old half-sister to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) winner George […]

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Walt Robertson
Walt Robertson Joins Water Hay Oats Alliance

Walt Robertson’s name has been synonymous with Thoroughbred racing and sales for decades.  The resident of Lexington, Ky hailed from a saddlebred background but spent his entire adult life as an auctioneer of thoroughbreds and other breeds of horses. He spent 35 years with Fasig-Tipton, serving as its president from 1992 through 2008.  He later […]

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Beholder and Songbird battle to the wire in the Breeders' Cup Distaff
Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Thoughts On The Eclipse Awards

The finalists for the 2016 Eclipse Awards were announced yesterday, and while many of the nominees were expected, there did wind up being a few surprises sprinkled throughout the categories. Let’s take a quick look at a few of the divisions this week. 2-Year-Old Male: Finalists – Classic Empire, Not This Time, and Practical Joke. […]

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