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Tapit Filly Tops Revived Keeneland April Sale At $1.3 Million

The apex of the revived Keeneland April 2-Year-Olds In Training And Horse Of Racing Age Sale was five years in the making for the auction company, but it was a years-long journey for Chris Baccari as well. The auction’s most expensive juvenile, a Tapit filly who sold to Prince Sultan bin Mishal al Saud of […]

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Keeneland January Sale Closes With Record Average, Median

Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale closed Thursday with robust results – the highest gross since 2008, a record average and a record-equaling median – produced by vibrant trade that reflected the continued buyer confidence and demand for quality Thoroughbreds seen during last fall’s September Yearling Sale and November Breeding Stock Sale. Highlighting the […]

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$750,000 Distorted Humor Mare Leads Tuesday’s Trade At Keeneland January Sale

Brisk trade produced healthy results during Tuesday’s second session of the January Horses of All Ages Sale, topped by the sale of the multiple Grade 3-winning Distorted Humor mare House Rules, in foal to Quality Road, to WinStar Farm for $750,000. On Tuesday, Keeneland sold 242 horses for $17,805,100, for an average of $73,575 and […]

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Abel Tasman, ‘Solid All Across The Board’ Sales Guide Keeneland January Opening Day

Abel Tasman was expected to spike the figures during the first session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, and she did that in spades on Monday, tying the record for the highest price in the auction’s history when she sold to the Coolmore partnership for $5 million. Even removing the champion mare, […]

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Miss Exclusive Leads Third Day Of Keeneland November Sale At $750,000

The second half of Book 2 at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale closed on Wednesday looking a lot like the first, topped by the $750,000 Miss Exclusive, hailing from the Juddmonte Farm broodmare band. Wednesday’s session saw 231 horses sold for revenues of $33,856,000 for an average sale price of $146,563 and a median […]

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Record Average Sale Price Highlights Strong Keeneland September Renewal

There was plenty to be excited about in advance of this year’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale, but it was the surprises that helped propel the bellwether auction from a strong edition into the kind not seen since the economic crash of the mid-2000s. A combination of factors – from a favorable economic climate, to the […]

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Keeneland September Sale Surpasses 2017 Gross Sales On Seventh Day

Demand for Thoroughbred racehorses continued Monday at Keeneland when cumulative gross sales of $326,287,200 through seven sessions of the 13-day September Yearling Sale exceeded total sales of $307,845,400 for last year’s entire 12-day sale. On Monday, the first day of Book 3, Keeneland sold 289 yearlings for $22,360,500, up 21.62 percent from the corresponding session last year when […]

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Half-Brother To Belmont Winner Creator Tops Sunday’s Trade At Keeneland September

The close of Book 2 at the Keeneland September carried on a continued run of accelerated trade that put the auction on the precipice of surpassing last year’s final gross in just six sessions. With six days in the books, a total of 1,144 horses changed hands for $303,926,700, up 19 percent from the same […]

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$1-Million Uncle Mo Colt Tops Book 2 Opener At Keeneland September

The opening session of Book 2 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale showed there was still plenty of money left in the market after Book 1 uncorked a week-long run of high-level activity, with Saturday’s trade being led by a $1-million Uncle Mo colt. Following a four-day run of Book 1 sessions and Friday’s traditional […]

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Electric Book 1 Of Keeneland September Doubles Seven-Figure Horses Over First Four Days

Book 1 of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale had a distinctly pre-recession feel to it during the 2018 renewal. Principals for Godolphin and Coolmore were in attendance and battling for what became a hefty ledger of seven-figure horses, throwing back to their epic battles in the early aughts, while a global variety of buyers filled […]

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