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Keeneland Catalogs 4,549 Horses For November Breeding Stock Sale

Keeneland has cataloged 4,549 horses for the 2019 November Breeding Stock Sale, which will be held Nov. 6-17 and begin with an exclusive Book 1 featuring 275 graded stakes-winning fillies and mares and notable weanlings. Also cataloged to the sale are offerings connected to two Triple Crown winners: 23 broodmares in foal to 2015 Triple […]

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Lil Indy, Dam Of Maximum Security, Consigned To Keeneland November Sale

Lil Indy, the dam of multiple Grade 1 winner Maximum Security, will be sold in foal to leading sire Quality Road during the premier Book 1 of Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Also offered is a weanling full-sister to Maximum Security. Both Lil Indy and her weanling filly are consigned by […]

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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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Godolphin Outbids Coolmore On $4.1-Million Curlin Colt At Keeneland September Sale

It was just like the old days. In the blue corner was Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum of the Godolphin operation, which had been flexing its financial muscles with impunity during the first two days of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. In the slightly darker blue corner were the Irish lads of the Coolmore […]

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Banner Day For Hinkle Farms Highlights Opening Session Of Keeneland September Yearling Sale

Selling a pair of seven-figure horses is a fine way for any operation to kick off the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, but it was a true financial and statistical windfall for Hinkle Farms. The Paris, Ky., operation will send 17 yearlings to market from its own breeding program during this year’s sale, meaning having a […]

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Keeneland April 2-Year-Olds In Training And Horses Of Racing Age Sale To Return In 2020

Keeneland announced that its next April 2-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age Sale, which this year produced Grade 1 TVG Pacific Classic winner Higher Power and Ginger Punch Stakes winner Supercommittee, will be held Tuesday, April 7, 2020.   Higher Power earned an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic with his victory in […]

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Keeneland Catalogs 4,644 Yearlings For 2019 September Sale

Keeneland announced that 4,644 yearlings have been cataloged for the 76th annual Keeneland September Yearling Sale to be held Sept. 9-22. The auction, which attracts the Thoroughbred industry’s most prominent domestic and international buyers to purchase horses to compete at the highest levels of racing globally, features a revised format for Books 1 and 2 […]

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‘Blows Up In Your Face Without Any Warning’: The Ongoing Debate Over Synthetics Vs Dirt In Horse Racing

With the Thoroughbred racing industry still trying to pin down the reasons behind the fatalities at Santa Anita this year, Tim Sullivan writes for the Louisville Courier-Journal about reasons behind synthetic tracks falling out of favor in North America racing. Sullivan points out there are only five racetracks competing on synthetic, despite clear and concrete […]

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10 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races Part Of Keeneland’s Record Fall Stakes Schedule

Keeneland will offer a record $5.675 million in stakes purses during its 17-day Fall Meet from Oct. 4-26, which opens with the prestigious Fall Stars Weekend. Eighteen stakes, 10 of which are Breeders’ Cup Challenge races led by the $1-million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), are on tap with $50,000 purse increases slated for the Buffalo […]

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