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Laminitis Claims Record-Priced The Green Monkey At Age 14

The Green Monkey, whose $16-million price tag remains the world record for a Thoroughbred at public auction, was euthanized in the late spring due to complications from laminitis. He was 14. The son of Forestry resided at Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds in Ocala, Fla., where he spent his entire stallion career. “He was doing excellent, and […]

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In Their Own Words: Rags To Riches ‘Put On Earth’ For Belmont Stakes Victory

The New York Racing Association introduces a weekly series of diaries to help celebrate the 150th Belmont Stakes on June 9 at Belmont Park. “In Their Own Words” will feature prominent owners, trainers and jockeys as they re-live some of the most stirring moments in the rich history of the “Test of the Champion.” The […]

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Pair of $1.6 Million Colts Tops Record-Setting OBS March Sale

Two $1.6 million colts topped a strong Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s March auction of 2-year-olds in training during Tuesday’s combined session. Total sales were up a strong 31.3 percent to $37,817,500, while the average ($190,997) and median ($137,500) saw more modest increases of 22.7 and 10.0 percent, respectively. The buyback percentage rose slightly from 21 […]

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Barretts March Sale Registers Best Results Since 2008

A $1,150,000 colt by Giant’s Causeway sold on Monday helped propel Barretts to its strongest March sale of 2-year-olds in training since 2008, registering across-the-board gains in gross, average and median prices. The one-day sale, held at the company’s sale pavilion in Pomona, Calif., saw 60 2-year-olds sell for $10,665,000, an average of $177,750 and […]

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Good News Friday sponsored by Liberation Farm: Getting Keen on Keeneland

There are many changes at Keeneland this year as the industry holds its breath and hopes for the best at its marquee sale. To paraphrase a famous quote, as the Keeneland September Yearling Sale goes, so does the commercial breeding  industry. In preparation for the sale that begins Sunday with one of two nighttime sessions, […]

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OBS AUCTION’S SILVER LINING

By Ray Paulick The good news at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales company’s February select sale of 2-year-olds in training is that Thoroughbred racing continues to hold a fascination with people who have worked hard, enjoyed a certain measure of success, and want to live out a longtime dream to have their own racing stable. […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by KEENELAND: A PARADE OF CHALK

  By Ray Paulick With Santa Anita running extra American Graded Stakes last weekend due to the cancellations the previous week because of drainage problems with the Pro-Ride synthetic track, there were 13 AGS races run over the three-day President’s Day weekend. One stakes, the Southwest at Oaklawn, was lost on President’s Day because of […]

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KEENELAND: CAN THE ELEPHANT LEARN TO DANCE?

By Ray Paulick Two years ago, leading buyer John Ferguson bought 25 yearlings during the two select sessions of the Keeneland September yearling sale for $56,885,000, an average price of $2,275,400. This year, Sheikh Mohammed’s chief bloodstock adviser signed tickets for 19 yearlings, but only spent $15,655,000, an average price of $823,947. Sheikh Mohammed’s commitment […]

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KEENELAND DAY ONE: DUBAI ACCOUNTS FOR 27%

By Ray Paulick All the economic indicators were down at Monday’s opening session of Keeneland’s bellwether September yearling sale — to no one’s surprise. The world economy is slumping, financial markets are turbulent, the American racing industry is going through hard times and even the U.S. dollar’s recent strengthening was a case of bad […]

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DAY TWO: RAY PAULICK FROM THE KEENELAND SALE PAVILION

By Ray Paulick Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed struck again Tuesday morning to purchase the first seven-figure yearling of the Keeneland September sale’s second session when he stood in the back-ring area with bloodstock adviser John Ferguson and bought an A.P. Indy filly out of the Grade 1 winning Smart Strike mare Shadow Cast for $1 […]

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