Reiley McDonald

Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale Produces Near-Record Returns

It was a steady renewal of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearlings Sale, with gross and average returns falling just short of last year’s record numbers. However, the middle market was buoyant, as evidenced by a healthy jump in the median sale price. The four-day auction finished with 963 horses sold for revenues of $34,260,100, down four […]

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Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearlings Sale Aims To Continue Growth As Destination Sale

The final stop on the North American yearling auction calendar kicks off Monday, with a jam-packed edition of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearlings Sale in Lexington, Ky. With 1,500 horses cataloged, the property was filled to near-capacity over the weekend for a sale that has rapidly grown in reputation from an “everything must go” event […]

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Bloodlines: Unlikely Story Of How Unique Bella Nearly Slipped Through The Cracks

Sometimes, breeding top-class horses looks so easy. Just take three-time leading sire Tapit (by Pulpit) and breed him to a mare who won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, and there you have it, champion Unique Bella, who won the Eclipse Award as the best sprint filly of 2017. Doesn’t that look simple? Unique Bella makes it […]

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Strong Across-The-Board Gains As Keeneland January Sale Concludes

Keeneland’s 2018 January Horses of All Ages Sale concluded Thursday with healthy results that signal continued buyer confidence and demand for quality that  buoyed the recent September Yearling and November Breeding Stock auctions. Evidence of market strength were the significant growth in gross, average and median prices spurred by competition among major domestic and foreign […]

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McDonald: Love Me Only Was ‘Ouchy,’ Not Lame

Eaton Sales owner Reiley McDonald held his ground on the witness stand Wednesday against persistent questioning on medication and breeding records in a lawsuit filed by Frank and Jane Lyon’s Summer Wind Farm over the disputed $2.1-million sale of the 3-year-old filly Love Me Only at the 2011 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. McDonald, along with […]

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Lyon: Love Me Only Lawsuit Was Last Resort

Jane Lyon didn’t want to sue Eaton Sales and Coolmore Stud partners in November 2011 after being told by veterinarians the mare she’d paid $2.1 million for a week earlier was suffering from laminitis. She just wanted her money back. That’s what an attorney for Lyon told a jury in Fayette County Circuit Court in […]

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Jury Trial Begins Over Disputed Sale of $2.1 Million Mare

Did Love Me Only have laminitis when Jane Lyon bought the unraced 3-year-old half-sister to leading sire Giant’s Causeway from Eaton Sales, agent, for $2.1 million at the 2011 Keeneland November breeding stock sale? Was Love Me Only given the anti-inflammatory phenylbutazone four consecutive days while on the sale grounds to hide possible lameness? Did […]

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Dam of Mucho Macho Man Leads Day 2 of Keeneland January Sale

Ponche de Leona, dam of 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Mucho Macho Man, sold for $775,000 to Brushwood Stable to top Tuesday’s session of the 56th Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale. The price is the highest amount paid during the first two days of the four-day sale. On Tuesday, 276 horses grossed […]

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Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Adds Directors

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) announced today that Jimmy Bell, President of Darley America; Craig Bernick, President and CEO of Glen Hill Farm; Bob Elliston, Chief Operating Officer of Breeders’ Cup, Ltd.; and Rachel Kukulewich, the National Manager for the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (CTHS) have agreed to serve as Directors of the TAA.  Bell, […]

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