Brian Graves

Pope Secures Record-Priced American Pharoah Filly, Half to Beholder, Into Mischief, Mendelssohn, For $8.2 Million

Everything has to go right for a horse to command a record price at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, and the filly wearing the Hip 498 sticker on Wednesday was the perfect storm to make that happen. On the top side of her page was Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, a stallion defying all rules […]

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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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Strong Trade Continues Into Day Three Of Keeneland January Sale

Competition for quality broodmares and yearlings remained spirited during Wednesday’s penultimate session of the four-day Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale. Keeneland sold 238 horses for $4,074,300, for an average of $17,119 and a median of $8,000. During the third session of the 2018 auction, 236 horses grossed $3,442,700, for an average of $14,588 […]

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$300,000 Into Mischief Weanling Colt Headlines Friday At Keeneland November Sale

Clear Ridge Stables paid $300,000 for a weanling colt by Into Mischief from the family of multiple Grade 1 winner Mind Your Biscuits to record the highest price paid Friday during the fifth session of Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale. Keeneland sold 261 horses for $15,315,500 for an average of $58,680 and a median of […]

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American Pharoah, Good Luck Charms Dominate Opening Night Of Fasig-Tipton Saratoga

The first session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearlings sale on Monday was a banner night for both American Pharoah offspring and lucky garments. Moments after Hip 26, a filly from the first crop of the Triple Crown winner, sold for $1.2 million, Brian Graves of consignor Gainesway was asked his secret for finding and […]

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Remembering Bill Graves: Horseman And Mentor Had Sense Of Style, Humor

If a bystander didn’t know any better, he might think the cars that packed Fasig-Tipton’s Newtown Paddocks parking lot on Monday afternoon were an indicator of a major sale on the Lexington, Ky., property. A list of the names in attendance would have likely brought the same conclusion. Instead, the gathering of Thoroughbred industry members, […]

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Respected Horseman, Fasig-Tipton Executive Bill Graves Dies

Respected and much-loved Thoroughbred horseman William E. (Bill) Graves, a senior vice-president with Fasig-Tipton for 26 years, ¬†passed away after a short illness on Wednesday, May 30, at the University of Kentucky hospital in Lexington, Ky.¬† Bill’s son Brian, director of public sales at Gainesway Farm, was at his side for all his final days. […]

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Keeneland Day 3: War Front, Malibu Moon Weanlings Shine

Weanlings led Thursday’s third session of the 71st Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale as a War Front colt sold for $850,000 to Clear Ridge Stables and a Malibu Moon filly brought $750,000 from Solis/Litt. They contributed to total sales of 271 horses reaching $29,701,000 to mark a five percent increase from the corresponding session last […]

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The September yearling sale at Keeneland is coming up this Sunday and there is concern from all corners of the market about the eventual numbers after the two-week event in Lexington. But according to an article Deirdre Biles in the Blood-Horse, the top end of the market is most concerning to horsemen. “I think the […]

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