Thoroughbred Auctions

Should Radiographs Of Hooves Be Part Of Requirement For Auction Repositories?

“No hoof, no horse” is an axiom all horsemen know well. If a horse has a hoof problem, it’s going to affect performance, no matter how fit and healthy the horse. Despite the importance of a horse’s feet, sales companies do not list feet X-rays in their “required views” for the repository. Required views, as […]

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The Golden Rule Has Carried Robertson Far In A Four-Decade Career In Thoroughbred Sales

Getting from place to place in the Keeneland sales pavilion can be tough during the hectic, crowded sessions of Book 1, but it was a good problem for Walt Robertson to have. The retired auctioneer and sale company executive could hardly cover a few tiles on the floor before coming across someone in the Thoroughbred […]

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Politician, Comedian, And Orchestra Leader: Mahan Makes Music In The Auctioneer’s Stand

The Keeneland sales pavilion can be an intimidating place for people at any level of wealth or industry experience. Ryan Mahan, Keeneland’s director of auctioneers, makes it a point to keep everyone involved as comfortable as possible in what can be a high-pressure environment. Sometimes the strategy works too well. “Strangely enough – I get […]

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Hagyard Veterinarians Released From Non-Compete; Clinic Ordered To Produce Privileged Documents

Three field care veterinarians at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute have been released from the non-compete agreements they signed as part of their employment as a civil suit between the vets and the clinic rages on. Drs. Rocky Mason, Patrick Ford, and Kevin Smith brought suit against Hagyard and Mixed Animal Veterinary Associates of North America […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: Are Throat Issues Hereditary?

QUESTION: Are roaring or other common throat issues hereditary? DR. BART BARBER: It is an interesting question, and I believe the answer is yes, though I believe at the current time we cannot answer this question definitively. There are no studies, of which I am aware, that address this issue. Therefore, the following is based on […]

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PR Special Keeneland September: A Good Start For Palace Malice

The Keeneland September Yearling Sale continues with the third of four Book 1 sessions on Wednesday, and we are pleased to offer another edition of the print newsletter, the PR Special, available here and on the sale grounds in Lexington, Ky. Wednesday and Thursday’s final sessions of Book 1 get under way at 1 p.m. and can be viewed live at www.Keeneland.com. […]

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‘Rough And Gruff’ Swinebroad Left His Mark On Keeneland Auctions

When George Swinebroad died in 1975, the headline in the Lexington Herald-Leader shouted “Sales Will Never Be The Same.” After nearly four decades presiding over Thoroughbred sales, many as Keeneland’s director of auctions, the bold type largely addressed the void his absence would leave on the sale company and the industry at large. The headline […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: Does Repetitive Scoping Bother Sale Horses?

In conjunction with Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, “Ask Your Veterinarian” is a regular feature in the PR Special newsletter distributed online and at Thoroughbred sales. Veterinarians at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital answer your questions about sales and healthcare of Thoroughbred auction yearlings, weanlings, 2-year-olds and breeding stock. Email us at [email protected] if you have a […]

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PR Special Keeneland September: George Swinebroad, Auctioneering Legend

The Keeneland September Yearling Sale gets under way on Monday in Lexington, Ky., and the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction for racing prospects runs daily through Sept. 23, with the exception of Friday, Sept. 14. That dark day follows a four-day Book 1 under the sale’s company new format. A reminder that the Book 1 sessions will begin at  1 p.m., two […]

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Keeneland Pushes Back Start Time Of Book 1 Sessions Due To Rain

Keeneland has pushed back the start time for the Sept. 10-13 sessions of the September Yearling Sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET because Sunday’s inclement weather has affected buyers’ inspection of horses being offered these days in the premier Book 1. “We want to give buyers sufficient time to inspect the horses in […]

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