Brian Graves

First Yearlings By Connect Land Solid Blows At Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale

A little momentum heading into the breeding season never hurts, and Connect got just that on Monday with a strong opening session at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale. The resident of Lane’s End had two first-crop yearlings go through the ring on Monday, and their hammer prices accounted for the top two spots among […]

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Over Emphasize Tops Opening Session Of Fasig-Tipton Winter Mixed Sale At $150,000

The demand for horses that fall below the market-determined threshold of perceived quality have struggled to gain traction during the breeding stock season in progress, and that continued to prove true on Monday at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale, where returns were down significantly across the board. A total of 180 horses changed hands […]

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Q&A: Alex Solis II, Gainesway’s New Director Of Bloodstock

Last year was a big one for the resume of Alex Solis II, spearheaded by the success of Kentucky Derby winner Country House and Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner Covfefe, both selected or managed by Solis/Litt Bloodstock. Just a few days into 2020, Solis has laid the foundation to grow upon that success […]

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Gainesway Names Alex Solis II Director Of Bloodstock

Gainesway Farm announced on Thursday the appointment of Alex Solis II as director of bloodstock. Solis has established a top-class reputation as a bloodstock agent, his resume having been further enhanced in 2019 by Kentucky Derby winner Country House and Breeders’ Cup-winning sprinter Covfefe. Past selections include champion Shared Belief and dual Breeders’ Cup Turf […]

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Graves Promoted To Gainesway General Manager Following Retirement Of Howard

Neil Howard, general manager of Gainesway Farm, has retired from his position after more than two decades of service. He is succeeded by Brian Graves, another long-serving member of the Gainesway team, who steps up from his current role as director of public sales. Gainesway CEO, Antony Beck, paid warm tribute to Howard. “Over the […]

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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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