Mark Taylor

Could Virtual Thoroughbred Auctions Work In The U.S.?

The experience of a live auction is nearly impossible to replicate, but faced with the challenge of holding a national-level sale in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia’s Inglis Easter Yearling Sale got generally high marks for its virtual edition last week. A story by BloodHorse looked back on the victories and challenges posed […]

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Keeneland September Sale Could Shift Dates Closer To Rescheduled Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby and the Keeneland September Yearling Sale have traditionally kept a safe distance from each other, but BloodHorse reports that the Derby’s rescheduling to Sept. 5 due to the COVID-19 pandemic could also lead to a shift in the bellwether auction’s start date, as well. As it stands now, the Derby would take […]

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Confronting The Boogeyman On Auction Radiographs

It’s a story as old as radiography itself. An auction prospect comes to the sales grounds with a mild to moderate imperfection on its x-rays, potential buyers flee at the sight of a less-than-pristine vet report, the horse hammers for less than hoped-for, and then it goes on to become an elite runner. Obviously, not […]

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INQUIRY Presented By Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders And Owners Association: I Can’t Start The Sale Without…

Whether it’s a single-day sprint or a two-week marathon, it takes a lot to get through a Thoroughbred auction. Every veteran member of the bloodstock industry has their own rituals and habits to kick-start long days of showing, selling, and buying, and sustain that energy until their last horse goes through the ring. In this […]

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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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Keeneland January Sale Closes With Record Average, Median

Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale closed Thursday with robust results – the highest gross since 2008, a record average and a record-equaling median – produced by vibrant trade that reflected the continued buyer confidence and demand for quality Thoroughbreds seen during last fall’s September Yearling Sale and November Breeding Stock Sale. Highlighting the […]

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‘She Had Everything’: Coolmore Lands Champion Abel Tasman For Record-Tying $5 Million

As soon as champion Abel Tasman was announced to be offered at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, it was clear the catalog had its tentpole offering. The only question was how high the price would go. The Coolmore partnership had the final answer for that query, landing the winning bid for $5 […]

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Champion Abel Tasman Consigned To 2019 Keeneland January Sale

Champion Abel Tasman, who won the 2017 Kentucky Oaks and five other Grade 1 races while earning nearly $2.8 million in her career, will be offered as a broodmare prospect by Taylor Made Sales Agency at Keeneland’s 2019 January Horses of All Ages Sale. Cataloged as Hip 288, Abel Tasman will sell Monday, Jan. 7, […]

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Taylor Made Sales Agency Prepares For Debut European Consignment At Tattersalls

Taylor Made Sales Agency has been a leading consignor in North America for three decades, but it will venture into new frontiers next month with its first offering at the Tattersalls December Mares Sale in Newmarket, England. In a piece for Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, Nancy Sexton laid out the Kentucky-based consignment’s six select-level offerings for […]

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