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LeRoy Neiman’s Black Lab, Justify halter and more sold at Keeneland’s Top Sporting Art Auction

Enthusiastic bidding and the sale of LeRoy Neiman’s Black Lab for $149,500, including buyer premium, headlined the sixth annual Sporting Art Auction, a collaboration between Keeneland and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington, held Sunday afternoon at Keeneland. Among the highlights of the auction was the sale of items belonging to Triple Crown winners American Pharoah and Justify that raised $67,850 in...

Keeneland ends September Yearling Sale with ‘electric’ commerce and $377m in gross receipts

Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale concluded Sunday with commerce described as “electric” at every level of the market during the 13-day auction, held Sept. 10-23. The bellwether sale produced gross receipts of $377,130,400, which was the fourth highest in September Sale history and approached the record heights of the mid-2000s. Average price bested last year’s record. Twenty-seven horses...

Colt from first crop of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah tops Keeneland’s third session

Robust competition for Thoroughbred racing prospects among a global contingent of buyers continued Wednesday during the third session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, where a colt from the first crop of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah brought $1.4 million and six other yearlings sold for more than $1 million each. The seven million-dollar sales increased the total number of yearlings...

$2.2 million American Pharoah Colt tops opening session of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale

The highly anticipated first crop of yearlings by 2015 Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year American Pharoah, who won the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Keeneland to close his career, and the participation of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Godolphin highlighted Monday’s opening session of the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Godolphin paid $2.2 million for a colt by American...

Keeneland catalogs 4,538 yearlings for September sale, including first yearlings of American Pharoah

Keeneland announced today that 4,538 yearlings have been cataloged for the 75th annual Keeneland September Yearling Sale, the world’s most important sale of Thoroughbreds, to be held Sept. 10-23. The auction, which attracts major buyers from around the world, produces horses that compete at the highest level of racing led this year by Triple Crown winner Justify and four-time Grade 1 winner Monomoy...

Undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify retired from racing; connections disappointed, but thankful

KyForward staff Undefeated Kentucky Derby winner Justify has been retired from racing. The announcement came Wednesday. Justify crosses the finish line at Churchill Downs to win the Kentucky Derby and begin his successful pursuit of horse racing’s Triple Crown. The undefeated colt was retired from racing Wednesday (Photo by Mark Hansel). “Justify had some filling in his ankle, and he is just...

Halters Worn by American Pharoah, other notable thoroughbreds among items in CKRH online auction

Halters worn by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah; his sire, Pioneerof the Nile; and grandsire, Empire Maker, are among the exciting Thoroughbred racing-related items in an online auction to raise money for Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, the 37-year-old program at the Kentucky Horse Park that offers equine-assisted activities and therapies to people of all ages. The online auction is part of...

Justify wins the Belmont Stakes and captures the Triple Crown, cementing Mike Smith’s legacy

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Justify took the Belmont Stakes in wire-to-wire fashion at Belmont Park Saturday, securing U.S. thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown and giving Hall-of-Fame jockey Mike Smith one of the few prizes that had eluded him in his illustrious career. The backdrop for Justify’s win in the Belmont Saturday was much different from his win in the slop five weeks...

Triple Crown on the line as undefeated Justify faces nine in Belmont; here is a breakdown of the field

By Liane Crossley Special to NKy Tribune Three years ago, thoughts of a Triple Crown seemed virtually impossible after nearly four decades without a winner, but American Pharoah proved the dream could become reality. Justify (Photo courtesy Benoit Photography)  Now Justify stands ready to join the elite 12 Triple Crown winners or add his name to a long list of Thoroughbreds who won two of the three...

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...

Charity event raises over $85,000 to benefit TCA’s Horses First Fund to support Mercer County horses

LNJ Foxwoods raised more than $85,000 for the Horses First Fund administered by Thoroughbred Charities of America at an event held recently in Saratoga Springs, NY. The Horse First Fund was established in June 2016 by LNJ Foxwoods to assist the horses abandoned in Mercer County, Kentucky and horses in need of emergency aid in the future. To date the fund has raised over $38,000 and expended more than...

CKRH’s fundraising auction to feature halters worn by American Pharoah, other famous thoroughbreds

Halters worn by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah; popular racehorses such as Arrogate, California Chrome and Nyquest; and world-famous stallions including Frankel and Spreightstown are being offered in an online auction to raise funding for Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, a therapeutic riding and horsemanship center located at the Kentucky Horse Park. The halters are part of the Silent Auction...

Kentucky Horse Park organizes 100th anniversary celebration of life, legacy of Man o’ War

The life and legacy of one of America’s original sporting heroes, the legendary Man o’ War, will be the highlight of a year-long celebration at the Kentucky Horse Park beginning on March 29, his birthday. “Man o’ War is a true American icon, born in Kentucky before going on to capture the country’s imagination by winning 20 of 21 races, smashing records and setting the bar that all other...

Mare in foal to American Pharoah the highlight of second day of Keeneland January Sale

Oussama Aboughazale’s International Equities Holding led buyers at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale for the second consecutive day on Tuesday by spending $1,080,000 for four horses, including $575,000 for session-topper Joyfully, in foal to 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. Joyfully, a 5-year-old daughter of Mineshaft out of the Forestry mare Rejoicing, is a half-sister to Grade...

Halters worn by American Pharoah, California Chrome available for bids for CKRH fundraiser

Halters worn by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah; such popular racehorses as Kentucky Derby winners Animal Kingdom, California Chrome and Smarty Jones; and world-famous stallions including Distorted Humor, Dubawi, Medaglia d’Oro and War Front are being offered in an online auction to raise money for Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, the 35-year-old program at the Kentucky Horse Park that offers...

Billy Reed: The jury’s still out over the impact of ‘Pharoah Effect’ on the racing game

A popular topic on the Churchill Downs backstretch this week has been the so-called “Pharoah Effect.” That’s the name that has been given to how much – or little – impact American Pharoah’s tour de force in last year’s Triple Crown will have on the sport/business of thoroughbred racing. On one side are the proponents who believe that racing will see an increase in attendance, racing and...

Down 10-0 after four frames, Legends roar back to post unlikely win over West Virginia

The Lexington Legends came back from a 10-run deficit to beat the West Virginia Power 11-10 Sunday afternoon at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The Power took the lead with four runs in the first inning. Two came home on a single by Carlos Munoz. In the top of the third, Daniel Arribas led off with a triple and scored on a double by Ryan Nagle. Nagle went to third on a single by Tyler Filliben and scored...

Keith Taylor: Tom VanMeter still basking in the glow of American Pharoah’s historic Triple Crown run

A year ago, American Pharoah was known as just another contender getting ready for the Kentucky Derby. Although an unproven 3-year-old at the time, it was the beginning of a historic run for the Kentucky-bred colt, which went on to win the Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes, becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. He also won the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland last fall, putting...

Asheville rolls Legends in road finale; homestand features DeMarcus Cousins Bobblehead Night

Peter Lambert and Dylan Craig combined for a four-hit shutout, and Terry McClure had three hits and three runs batted in as the Asheville Tourists rolled to a 10-0 win over the Lexington Legends Wednesday night in Asheville. Asheville scored three runs in the first inning. With two outs and no one on base, Brendan Rodgers was hit by a pitch. He stole second base and came home on a base hit by Brian...

Billy Reed: When it comes to picking an early Derby favorite, it’s about luck, fate … and omens

If you’re a kindred spirit who believes that omens sometimes can be important in picking a Kentucky Derby winner, then I have an omen for your consideration. Back in January, somebody whose identity I’ve forgotten became the first person in 2016 to ask me, “Who’s your Derby horse?” Without even thinking about it, I blurted, “I think this is going to be the year Kiaran McLauglin wins it.” I...