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Coolmore, Godolphin Drive Upper Market In Keeneland September’s Second Session

Throwing back to the pre-recession days of Coolmore and Godolphin slugging it out for seven-figure horses, the two entities have been economic drivers at the top of the market as the Keeneland September Yearling Sale hit its halfway point for Book 1, with Coolmore landing the biggest blow so far on Tuesday when it bought […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Derby Countdown: The Jockey Shuffle?

Every spring between mid-April and early May, the country’s top jockeys play a complex game of musical chairs (or musical saddles). Injuries or multiple commitments often mean at least one or two horses are headed to Louisville without their regular rider. For the veteran with multiple prospects, it can mean the biggest handicapping job they’ll […]

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Good Magic Enjoying Down Time At Stonestreet, Will Return To Track By January

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion Good Magic is expected to make his return to the barn of trainer Chad Brown by the end of the month, according to a video released Tuesday by part-owner Stonestreet Farm. The 2-year-old son of Curlin has been enjoying some time off at the Stonestreet Training Center since his Breeders’ Cup […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: The Colors That Make A Good Horse

At age 63, Mike Ryan might be having his best year yet. The bloodstock agent not only co-bred the 2017 Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming with 30-year business partner Gerry Dilger, but he also picked out the Preakness winner Cloud Computing from the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. At the Breeders’ Cup this fall, Ryan’s yearling […]

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Keeneland November Cumulative Gross, Average Down; Session 5 Sees 10 Percent Increase In Receipts

Storm the Hill, winner of the Unzip Me Stakes on Sept. 30 and third in the Autumn Miss (G3) on Oct. 29, both at Santa Anita, sold for $275,000 to Alastar Thoroughbreds to be the most expensive horse of Saturday’s fifth session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. A 3-year-old filly by Get Stormy out of the Good […]

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Keeneland September Resumes With $525,000 Pioneerof The Nile Colt Saturday

The positive energy from Week 1 of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale carried forward as the sale resumed Saturday following a one-day break, with competition among leading buyers for top-quality horses spurring strong trade, topped by the sale of a colt by Pioneerof the Nile for $525,000 to Steven W. Young, agent. Keeneland sold 253 yearlings for […]

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City Zip Colt Leads First Session Of Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Yearlings

Fasig-Tipton closed the first night of its New York-Bred Preferred Yearlings Sale on Saturday night with improved figures over last year’s opening session. Total sales of $8,155,000 for 93 yearlings was up 17 percent over last year’s total receipts. The average price of $87,688 was up 14 percent, while the median of $75,000 increased 25 percent. […]

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Sassy Little Lila Will Face The Boys In Fourstardave

Sheep Pond Partners and Michael Ryan’s Sassy Little Lila will take on the boys as the lone filly in the field of seven entered for Saturday’s 33rd running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap at a mile on the inner turf at Saratoga Race Course. Racing exclusively against fillies, the 4-year-old Artie Schiller filly hasn’t […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Having Ties To Last Two Derby Winners ‘Above Perfection’

When Always Dreaming pulled away from his opponents to win the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday, two of the people cheering loudest for the elegant bay were Irishmen from different counties of the Emerald Isle. Those two were Mike Ryan and Gerry Dilger. Operating under the name of Santa Rosa Partners, […]

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Irishmen Ryan, Dilger Strike Back-To-Back Gold In Kentucky Derby

Mike Ryan comes from Ireland’s County Meath, just outside of Dublin, where he was raised on his family’s horse farm. Gerry Dilger, growing up in County Clare in western Ireland, couldn’t wait for each school day to end so he could get to his ponies. Both men knew what they wanted in life at an […]

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