Wednesday, January 20 2010


Keeneland Grads, Connections Shine During Eclipse Awards


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 19, 2010) – Keeneland Association sales graduates excelled during last night’s 39th annual Eclipse Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Five horses – either sold at Keeneland sales or who won major stakes races during one of its meets -- won six awards during the ceremony, honoring the best in the Thoroughbred industry at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. In addition, Julien Leparoux, who won his fourth Keeneland riding title in April, was named best jockey.





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Friday, January 15 2010


Keeneland Concludes January Horses of All Ages Sale


LEXINGTON, KY (Jan. 15, 2010) – Quality individuals continued to attract strong interest from discriminating buyers at Keeneland’s recently concluded January Horses of All Ages Sale, highlighted by the sale of multiple graded stakes winner Miss Isella for $1.085 million.

Cumulatively, the five-day sale, held January 11-15, totaled $23,895,100, down 27.20 percent from last year’s six-day gross of $32,824,000. Average price of $24,333 dipped 0.81 percent from $24,532 posted in 2009. The median of $8,000 was down 15.79 percent from last year’s $9,500. A total of 982 horses were sold compared to 1,338 a year ago.





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Keeneland 2010 Spring Stakes Worth $3.65 Million


LEXINGTON, KY (Jan. 15, 2010) – Keeneland has scheduled 16 stakes worth $3.65 million for its 2010 Spring race meet, highlighted by its signature $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) and $400,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1), showcasing three-year-old colts and fillies, respectively.

The spring meet will be held April 2-23, featuring racing Wednesdays though Sundays. No racing will be held Easter Sunday, April 4.





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Thursday, January 14 2010


Missvinski Brings $400,000 on Thursday at Keeneland


LEXINGTON, KY (Jan. 14, 2010) – French stakes winner and graded stakes-placed Missvinski attracted a final bid of $400,000 to headline Thursday’s session of Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale.

Consigned by Michael C. Byrne, agent, Missvinski is a six-year-old mare by Stravinsky out of Miss U Fran, by Brocco. At two and three, she recorded wins in the Prix Zeddaan and Prix Ronde de Nuit, as well as second-place finishes in the Group 1 Prix d’Astarte and Group 3 Prix de la Grotte. Aisling Duignan, agent, signed the ticket for Missvinski, who sold as a racing or broodmare prospect.





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Rachel’s Star Sells for $220,000 to Top Wednesday at Keeneland


LEXINGTON, KY (Jan. 13, 2010) – Rachel’s Star, in foal to Elusive Quality, commanded top price of $220,000 on Wednesday at Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale.

Thoroughbred Advisory Group bought the nine-year-old daughter of Seeking the Gold from Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. She is the dam of Meadowlake and Mountain Valley Stakes winner Citizen.





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Grade 1 Winner Point Ashley Sold Privately for $1-Million


LEXINGTON, KY (Jan. 13, 2010) – Grade 1 stakes winner Point Ashley, withdrawn from Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale, has been sold privately for $1-million to Katsumi Yoshida.

Four Star Sales consigned Point Ashley, in foal to Ghostzapper, for Mike Moreno’s Southern Equine Stable. She was viewed by potential buyers throughout two days of showing at Keeneland but withdrawn by Moreno, who felt she was worth more to him than what he expected her to bring in the auction ring.





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Tuesday, December 22 2009


Central Bank to Sponsor Keeneland’s Grade 1 Ashland Stakes


LEXINGTON, KY (Dec. 22, 2009) – Keeneland officials today announced that Central Bank has been named the signature sponsor of the Grade 1 Ashland Stakes, to be held on Saturday, April 3, 2010.

The $400,000 Ashland, for three-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles, is a premier prep race for the Kentucky Oaks (G1). Since 1936, 31 fillies have used the Ashland as a steppingstone to victory in the Oaks, the most recent being champion Proud Spell, who won the 2008 Oaks off a third-place finish in the Ashland.





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Tuesday, November 24 2009


Keeneland Catalogs 1,753 Horses for January Sale


LEXINGTON, KY (November 24, 2009) – Keeneland has cataloged 1,753 horses for its 2010 January Horses of All Ages Sale, to be held Monday-Friday, January 11-15.

Catalogs for the January Sale will be available at Keeneland.com beginning Tuesday, Dec. 8. Print catalogs will be mailed the week of Dec. 21.





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Monday, November 23 2009


TALAMO WINS FIVE, INCLUDING MOCCASIN ABOARD BICKERSONS


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 22, 2009) — Jockey Joe Talamo capped a four-win afternoon with a victory aboard eastern horse Bickersons in the $100,000 Moccasin Stakes on Sunday at Hollywood Park.

Talamo, 19, rode a perfect race, briefly relinquishing the lead on the backstretch when Bickersons was challenged by Neeko, and the Canadian-bred had plenty left when challenged by favorite Crisis of Spirit rounding the far turn.





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Keeneland Concludes Encouraging November Sale


Lexington, KY (November 22, 2009) – A globally diverse group of buyers, robust trade and the highly prized pedigrees available through the Overbrook Farm dispersal combined to produce promising results at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale, which concluded Sunday.

Total receipts for the 13-day auction, held November 10-22, were $159,727,800, down 13.92 percent from $185,552,300 grossed during last year’s 15-day sale. Average price of $57,477 decreased 6.48 percent from $61,462 reported in 2008. The median of $20,000 remained unchanged from last year. A total of 2,779 horses sold versus 3,019 a year ago. Five horses topped the $1 million mark compared to 19 in 2008.





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Saturday, November 21 2009


Lease of Life Brings $110,000 on Saturday at Keeneland


Lexington, KY (November 21, 2009) – Lease of Life, sold as a racing or stallion prospect, brought $110,000 to highlight Saturday’s session of Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale.

Jay Manoogian purchased the four-year-old colt by Cozzene from Mill Ridge Sales, agent. Lease of Life is out of the Graustark mare Kinema, and is a full brother to Malibu (G1) and Strub (G2) Stakes winner Mizzen Mast.





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Friday, November 20 2009


Weanling Filly, Stallion Prospects Highlight Friday at Keeneland


Lexington, KY (November 20, 2009) – A weanling filly and two stallion prospects brought final bids of $50,000 each to headline Friday’s session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

Stoney Lane Farm paid $50,000 for a weanling filly from the first crop of Half Ours out of the unraced Meadowlake mare Fine Prospect. She was consigned by Baccari Bloodstock LLC, agent.





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