TOBA releases 2018 clinic schedule; April ownership, June breeding clinics planned in Lexington

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced the 2018 schedule for its seminars and clinics. These educational events feature various topics for prospective, new and established Thoroughbred owners and breeders. “We are honored to host our seminars and clinics in partnership with many of the top racetracks, breeding farms and sales companies,” said TOBA marketing and education director...

Keeneland announces lower takeout on win, place, show and exacta wagers for 2018 Spring Meet

Keeneland officials announced Thursday that the track will reduce pari-mutuel takeout rates on win, place, show and exacta wagers for its 2018 Spring Meet, to be held April 6-27. Pricing on win, place and show wagers will decrease from 17.5 percent to 16 percent and from 22 percent to 19.5 percent on exactas. Takeout for the Pick Five will be 15 percent. Takeout for all other exotic wagers will remain...

Keeneland announces 2018 Spring Meet stakes schedule featuring 16 races worth record $4.4 million

Keeneland Spring Meet 2017 Keeneland has announced its 2018 Spring Meet will offer 16 stakes worth a season record $4.4 million in purse money. Headlining the meet, to be held April 6-27, are the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1), both nationally prominent classic preps, and enhanced status for the $200,000 Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association. Fifteen...

Gross sales rise 21% on buyer confidence, demand for quality as Keeneland January sale comes to close

Keeneland’s 2018 January Horses of All Ages Sale concluded Thursday with healthy results that signal continued buyer confidence and demand for quality that buoyed the recent September Yearling and November Breeding Stock auctions. Evidence of market strength were the significant growth in gross, average and median prices spurred by competition among major domestic and foreign buyers who took advantage...

William J. Jones presented with 16th annual Leadership Kentucky Flame of Excellence Award

Leadership Kentucky, a statewide leadership development program, held its 16th annual Alumni Luncheon in Lexington at Keeneland last week where the Flame of Excellence award was presented to William J. Jones. The Flame of Excellence award honors an outstanding Kentuckian who bravely goes before and lights the way for others. William (Bill) J. Jones is a Community Banking Division Manager with U.S....

Keeneland marks milestone as January sale tops 2017 gross during Wednesday session

Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale reached a milestone Wednesday when gross sales of $31,744,700 through three days of the four-day auction exceeded total sales of $28,785,500 recorded during last year’s entire five-day auction. The total for 651 horses sold this year is 27.03 percent higher than the corresponding period last year when 581 horses brought $24,989,500. The average of $48,763...

Grade 2 winner Mrs McDougal brings $1.6 Million to top Tuesday session of Keeneland January sale

Grade 2 winner Mrs McDougal, the final horse in the ring for Tuesday’s second session of Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale, became the sale’s highest-priced offering when she sold to Steven W. Young, agent, for $1.6 million. Mrs McDougal and a yearling colt from the first crop of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah that sold for $1 million Tuesday are the most seven-figure horses...

Stakes winner Bellavais brings $485,000 to top first day of Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale

Keeneland realized double-digit growth in gross, average and median prices during Monday’s opening session of the 2018 January Horses of All Ages Sale, which was highlighted by the $485,000 paid by Steven W. Young, agent, for Bellavais, a stakes-winning daughter of Tapit from a successful female family developed and raced by Darby Dan Farm. Young said he purchased Bellavais for an undisclosed client...

Keeneland set for 60th annual January Horses of All Ages Sale beginning Jan. 8; 1583 horses to be offered

Keeneland’s 60th January Horses of All Ages Sale, which offers broodmares and broodmare prospects, yearlings by leading North American sires and horses of racing age, starts Monday, Jan. 8. A total of 1,583 horses are cataloged to the sale, which runs through Thursday, Jan. 11. The catalog includes 678 broodmares and broodmare prospects, 628 yearlings, 264 horses of racing age, and 13 stallions and...

TCA’s 28th annual Stallion Season Auction ends Friday; Celebration set for January 7

The 28th annual Thoroughbred Charities of America Stallion Season Auction & Celebration, presented by LNJ Foxwoods is currently underway. The auction is the largest annual fundraiser for the organization. Bidding on the majority of the more than 200 stallion seasons will end on Friday, January 5 at 3 p.m. Bidding on six select seasons and all non-season items will conclude at the auction Celebration...

LNJ Foxwoods named title sponsor of Thoroughbred Charities of America Stallion Season Auction Jan. 3-7

Thoroughbred Charities of America announced today that LNJ Foxwoods has signed on as the title sponsor of the upcoming 28th Annual Stallion Season Auction to be held Wednesday, January 3 – Sunday, January 7, 2018. “We are incredibly grateful for LNJ Foxwoods’ generosity,” said Erin Crady, executive director of TCA. “As the top sponsor of our largest annual fundraiser for the third consecutive...

Keeneland catalogs 1,582 Horses for 60th annual Horses of all Ages Sale January 8-11

Keeneland has cataloged 1,582 horses for its 60th January Horses of All Ages Sale, to be held Jan. 8-11. The interactive January Sale catalog is available online at Keeneland.com. Print catalogs are to be mailed the week of Dec. 18. The catalog includes 677 broodmares and broodmare prospects, 628 yearlings, 264 horses of racing age, and 13 stallions and racing or stallion prospects. “Results of...

Sir Alfred Munnings’ ‘A Morning’s Work, Newmarket Heath’ brings top price at 2017 Sporting Art Auction

Spirited bidding and the sale of Sir Alfred Munnings’ A Morning’s Work, Newmarket Heath for $186,300, including buyer premium, highlighted the fifth annual Sporting Art Auction, held Sunday afternoon at Keeneland. The Sporting Art Auction is a collaborative effort between Keeneland, the world’s leading Thoroughbred sales company, and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington, the country’s foremost gallery...

Market remains strong as Keeneland November sale closes with increases in overall average, median

Fierce competition for quality horses among an exceptionally deep buying bench generated healthy results as Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale concluded Saturday. Buyer confidence carried forward from the September Yearling Sale, spurring premium prices; increases in average and median; and the sale of 18 horses for $1 million or more, led by the $6 million paid by Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier...

Southern Lights Holiday Festival returns to Kentucky Horse Park Friday, open through Dec. 31

The 24th annual Southern Lights holiday festival, presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Nov. 17-Dec. 31. A holiday tradition for many families, more than 120,000 individuals in more than 30,000 vehicles attend Southern Lights annually from Kentucky and beyond, making Southern Lights a premier holiday event in the region and nation. Families...

You’re to Blame brings $440,000 as horses of racing age take spotlight at Keeneland’s November sale

Horses of racing age were featured on Tuesday during the eighth session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, fetching the day’s highest prices, led by the $440,000 paid by Steven W. Young, agent, for You’re to Blame, a 3-year-old graded stakes-placed son of Distorted Humor from the family of multiple champion Gio Ponti. Lane’s End, agent, consigned You’re to Blame, third in the Bay...

Fools in Love reaches $1 Million to top Thursday session of Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale

England’s Cheveley Park Stud Ltd. paid $1 million for Group 2 producer Fools in Love on Thursday during the third session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. Fools in Love is the 18th horse to bring $1 million or more during the first three sessions of the November Sale, equaling the number of seven-figure horses recorded during the initial three sessions last year. On the first of two...

For Royalty brings $2.1 Million to top Wednesday session of Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale

For Royalty, dam of Grade 1 winner Constellation in foal to Bernardini, sold to Summer Wind Equine for $2.1 million to lead today’s second session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, which saw increases in average and median prices and the sale of eight broodmares and broodmare prospects and one weanling for $1 million or more each. On Wednesday, Keeneland sold 105 horses for $41,692,000,...

Ag commissioner praises signing of new agreement to resume live equine exports to China

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles praised the resumption of live equine exports to China at a signing ceremony in Beijing Monday. The agreement, signed by United States Ambassador to China Terry Branstad and Minister Zhi Shuping of the People’s Republic of China, clears the way for the importation of all breeds of U.S. horses, including high-quality Thoroughbred racing horses, to China, where...

Fans, handicappers, make the trip from Kentucky and throughout the region for Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar

By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward Del Mar, CA – Kentucky was well-represented with owners, jockeys and trainers at the Breeders’ Cup in Del Mar and some fans from the region also made their way out to California for horse racing’s big day. A group made the trip to Del Mar California for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Pictured (l to r) Joyce Clark of Louisville, Blaine Morris...