Whisper Hill Farm

Keeneland September Sale Produces Near-Record Returns, Record-Priced Filly

The 2019 renewal of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale didn’t keep up with last year’s record-setting edition when it came to the measurables. Even so, the returns from this year’s auction established a steady cruising altitude for the marketplace, showing it’s fully clear of the Great Recession that brought the Thoroughbred industry to a screeching […]

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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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Kintz To Open Six K’s Training And Sales

Scott Kintz, an experienced horseman with nearly 30 years in the Thoroughbred industry, has announced he will be relinquishing his position as farm manager for Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm. In turn, Kintz has opened Six K’s Training & Sales, which will offer a full spectrum of services including breaking, training, lay-up, rehab, sales prep, […]

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Gun It’s Connections Hoping For ‘A Little New Orleans Luck’ In Risen Star

Early on in a horse’s 3-year-old year is the time when a lot of developing and learning experiences take place. Many horses that appear quirky and green will eventually blossom into classy, talented top-level runners later in the year. In the case of royally bred Gun It, the connections acknowledge his idiosyncratic tendencies but have […]

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It’s A Girl! Champion Songbird Has First Foal

Songbird, a two-time champion, became a new mother on Jan. 28 when she had an Arrogate filly at Timber Town Stables in Lexington, Ky. The 6-year-old Medaglia d’Oro mare delivered for owner Mandy Pope, who bought Songbird on behalf of her Whisper Hill Farm at the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Selected Mixed Sale for $9.5 […]

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Stormy’s Song Sells For $102,000 To Headline Wednesday At Keeneland November Sale

Stormy’s Song, a winning filly by Unbridled’s Song, brought $102,000 from Army Mule Partnership to top Wednesday’s session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. During this 10th session of the 12-day sale, 237 horses grossed $2,903,800 for an average of $12,252 and a median of $7,000. There are no comparable figures from 2017. Cumulatively, 2,286 […]

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Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms Buys Champion Lady Eli For $4.2 Million At Keeneland November Sale

The first session of the 12-day Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale got the auction started on a solid note, with an octet of seven-figure horses leading the trade, including the $4.2-million champion Lady Eli. At the end of Monday’s session, a total of 120 horses sold for revenues of $56,429,000. The average sale price finished […]

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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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Groupie Doll’s First Foal To Debut On Jan. 13 At Fair Grounds

Much of the focus on Saturday, Jan. 13 will be placed on the field of 14 3-year-olds chasing Kentucky Derby dreams in the Gr. III LeComte at the Fair Grounds. Earlier on the card however, Tapability, the first foal out of two-time Champion Female Sprinter Groupie Doll, will be making his career debut for trainer William “Buff” Bradley. […]

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Songbird To Mandy Pope For $9.5 Million, Tepin To Magnier For $8 Million At Fasig-Tipton November

Fasig-Tipton concluded its single-session November Sale of breeding stock Monday night with a flurry of seven-figure sales and record gross sales of $74,200,000 and the third most expensive horse of all time in champion Songbird, who brought $9.5 million. Another racing superstar, Tepin, sold for $8 million and was the fourth highest priced ever at the […]

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