Joe Nevills

The Story Behind Sea Hero’s Presence In The Saratoga Paddock

When the Turkish Jockey Club announced the death of classic winner and stallion Sea Hero in mid-July, the statue of the horse that resides in the Saratoga Race Course paddock was adorned with a blanket of flowers in the colors of owner and breeder Paul Mellon’s Rokeby Stables. Social media was filled with pictures of […]

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Best Buys Malibu Moon Filly For Record $775,000 At Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Yearlings Sale

Larry Best didn’t have plans to attend the Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Yearlings Sale when the sun came up on Monday. He’d never even shopped at the sale before. By the time the mid-afternoon slipped into the late afternoon, the former medical device executive known for making splashy purchases at auctions walked out of the Humphrey […]

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Effinex Sends Lone Crop Of Foals Through Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Yearlings Sale

Effinex was in the driver’s seat to be an impactful stallion in New York for years to come when he retired to Questroyal North in Stillwater, N.Y., for the 2017 breeding season. The son of Mineshaft’s Grade 1-winning resume was recognized by breeders, who filled his inaugural book with 110 mares, making him New York’s […]

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Terranova Lands Constitution Colt For $340,000 To Top First Session Of Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Yearlings Sale

With roughly a third of the overall catalog going through the ring during the first of two sessions at the Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Yearlings Sale, the most accurate phrase to describe the marketplace is perhaps “to be continued.” From a relatively small comparative sample size of 97 horses offered during Sunday’s session, average and median […]

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‘It’s Not Your Granddaddy’s New York-Bred Sale’: Florida-Based Summerfield Sales Has Deep Ties In Empire State

Summerfield Sales is, by just about any definition out there, a Florida consignment. The operation of Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck is based in Morriston, Fla., and Francis is on the board of directors for both the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association and Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. Summerfield regularly has offerings at the top of […]

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Redesdale Moves To McMahon Of Saratoga For 2020 Breeding Season

Redesdale, a son of Speightstown from the family of the great Danehill, will relocate to McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in New York for the 2020 breeding season, where he will stand for an advertised fee of $5,000. The 6-year-old horse will be entering his second season at stud, after debuting last season at Questroyal North […]

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Showcase Night For Curlin, Denali Stud Propels Record-Setting Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale

Craig Bandoroff of Denali Stud knew he brought a special consignment to this year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearlings Sale, but he also knew he’d need a little help from above to stand out in the auction’s incredibly deep catalog. Bandoroff and his son Conrad came to the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. […]

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American Pharoah’s Foals Remain Consistent As Second Crop Hits Yearling Sales

The first crop from Triple Crown winner American Pharoah set an incredible pace during their time in the auction ring, beginning with weanlings of 2017, and they’ve quickly taken their sire to the head of the class in the freshman sire standings. Many young stallions struggle to keep that momentum going into their second crops, […]

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Tapit Dominates Top Of Market On First Night Of Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale

The march of Gainesway’s cornerstone sire Tapit through the very highest points of the North American auction market continued on Monday during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearlings Sale, powered by the evening’s two most expensive offerings. The duo headlined a session that posted average and median sale prices well in excess […]

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‘A Good Way To Get It Started’: Consignors Open Dialogue With Vets, Buyers Through Rollout of Video Endoscopic Exams

Nearly everything about a yearling at a major auction can be used as a data point, but collecting that data can be taxing on the horse and potentially affect his or her value and well-being. In an effort to take a degree of strain off the horses during the showing process, a growing movement has […]

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