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  2. Santa Anita Park, which will open for its 83rd Winter/Spring Meeting Dec. 26, has announced a complete stakes schedule through closing day, June 21. View the full article
  3. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) this week handed down a total of $5,000 in fines to three horsemen for “claiming irregularities” involving a race at Ellis Park over the summer. Trainer Paul Holthus and owner Joe Ragsdale were each assessed $2,000 fines and owner Gary Tussey was assessed a $1,000 fine, all for their involvement in the claim of the NW2L filly Carolina Beach (Bernardini) for $16,000 out of the sixth race July 28. In that Ellis race, Holthus was listed in the Equibase chart as the trainer for Carolina Beach, who finished fourth. The owner was listed as Rags Racing Stable LLC. The claim was made by trainer Thomas Vance on behalf of Tussey. But when Carolina Beach resurfaced in the entries Sept. 11 in the second race at Indiana Grand, Rags Racing was still listed as the owner, with Holthus as her trainer. She ran second that day for a $10,000 NW2L tag. In the ninth race at Indiana Grand Oct. 8, Carolina Beach stepped up in class and ran second for a $25,000 NW2L tag, also for Rags Racing/Holthus. In the first race at Churchill Downs Oct. 31, Carolina Beach won her NW2L for a $30,000 tag and was claimed by trainer Mark Hubley on behalf of KatieRich Farms, LLC. According to Equibase, Carolina Beach earned $31,640 for Rags Racing in the three starts between those two claims. The KHRC rulings for Holthus and Ragsdale cite a state rule that reads, in part, “A claimed horse shall not remain in the same stable or under the care or management of the owner or trainer from whom it is claimed.” The KHRC ruling for Tussey cites a state rule that reads, in part, “An owner or trainer shall not make an agreement with another owner or trainer for the protection of each other’s horse in a claiming race.” TDN attempted to reach KHRC executive director Marc Guilfoil on Friday afternoon for a plain-language explanation of the rulings and to see if any of the parties are appealing, but was told by the KHRC receptionist that he had left the office for the day. The post KHRC Hits Three Horsemen with ‘Claiming Irregularities’ Fines appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
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  5. Morton Fink, an Illinois-based Thoroughbred owner and breeder for nearly five decades best known for getting his lone remaining broodmare to produce two-time Horse of the Year winner Wise Dan, died Nov. 20, according to a notice posted by the Shalom Memorial Funeral Home, which is handling his services. Fink was two weeks shy of his 90th birthday. No cause of death was listed, but Horse Racing Nation reported that late in life Fink had been undergoing dialysis treatments. According to a 2013 profile in Trainer magazine, Fink, a lifelong Chicago-area native, first got introduced to the sport by accompanying his mother to the races. After graduating from Roosevelt University with a degree in business administration, Fink inherited a group of movie theaters from his father and eventually sold them to a national chain. Around 1971, he and a group of friends claimed a horse for $4,000. That runner never won a race, but the experience hooked Fink on the sport for life. A few years later, Fink and a business partner, Roy Gottlieb, teamed up to form Carelaine Farm, named after a combination of their wives’ names. According to the Trainer profile, Carelaine Farms bred and raced the MGISW mare Annoconnor (named to honor a deceased employee) and bred Producer, a Group 1 winner in Europe who sold in foal to Northern Dancer for $5.25 million in 1983. By the mid-1990s Carelaine Farms disbanded. Fink continued to own and breed horses on his own–primarily, he said, so he could watch them run close to home at Arlington Park. But within a decade, Fink began to downsize his own operations. In 1995, Fink bought a Wolf Power (SAF) mare for $29,000 at the 1995 Keeneland September sale. He named her Lisa Danielle, after his granddaughter. She won only one race, breaking her maiden at Arlington, and Fink later admitted he kept her as his last remaining broodmare after her racing career was over primarily for sentimental reasons. Fink bred Lisa Danielle to a series of modest stallions, and a 2007 mating to Wiseman’s Ferry produced the MGISW Wise Dan, who won 23 of 31 races over a 4 1/2-year racing career while emerging as America’s dominant turf miler of the 2010s decade. Wise Dan won the GI Breeders’ Cup Mile in both 2012 and 2013, and in each of those years he swept an Eclipse Awards trifecta by being named Champion Older Horse, Champion Grass Horse, and Horse of the Year. “When you get to be my age, you need something to get up in the morning and look forward to,” Fink said in his 2012 Eclipse Awards acceptance speech. “This horse has made me so happy that I can’t even express it in words.” A year later, after his 2013 Eclipse Awards wins, Fink told the Chicago Tribune “I was in it strictly for fun when I started out. The first horse I got into was with a group of 10 guys. We got lucky on some of our breeding and bought better horses. But I never had any idea I’d ever have a horse like this.” Charlie LoPresti, who trained Wise Dan and other horses for Fink, remembered him as a horse-first, hands-off type of owner. “Basically, he never put any pressure on me,” LoPresti told Horse Racing Nation. “He let me manage [Wise Dan], train him how I saw fit, and run him where I wanted to run. There was never any concrete schedule, or a gun held to my head…. Those kind of owners, there are very few anymore. He was a dream to work for.” Services for Fink will be held Monday, Nov. 25, at 2:30 p.m. at Shalom Memorial Funeral Home in Arlington Heights, Illinois. A remembrance guestbook, plus details on internment and shiva, are available here. The post Morton Fink, Breeder and Owner of Wise Dan, Dies at 89 appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  6. Two new cases of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) have been diagnosed at Remington Park. The confirmed EHV-1 cases on Nov. 21 follow an EHV-1 diagnosis on Nov. 14 that led to the euthanization of a 3-year-old Thoroughbred filly at Remington, triggering a quarantine to one barn that had 66 exposed horses. According to an Oklahoma Department of Agriculture notice posted on the Equine Disease Communication Center website, “A second horse in the quarantined barn has been tested positive by PCR for EHV-1; this horse is clinically normal and has not had a fever. A third horse in a different barn has also been tested positive by PCR; this horse is clinically normal and has not had a fever. The new barn has been quarantined. Approximately 100 horses have been exposed.” Also on Thursday, the New Mexico Racing Commission (NMRC) ordered Zia Park and the Downs at Albuquerque to close their barn areas to horses originating from Remington. This means at least nine Oklahoma shippers will be scratched from the seven-stakes “Land of Enchantment” card scheduled at Zia next Wednesday. “The sole reasoning behind the decision is to protect our New Mexico horse population and horsemen from suffering the way they did during the EHV-1 outbreak of 2016,” NMRC Executive Director Ismael Trejo said in a press release, referring to an outbreak nearly four years ago in which 73 horses tested positive for the virus and brought live racing to a halt at Sunland Park for over a month. The highly contagious EHV-1 can spread during any time of the year, but the onset of winter typically brings a spike in cases nationwide. According to Daily Racing Form, at least two other tracks are prohibiting ship-ins from Remington: Delta Downs and Oaklawn Park. The Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma posted on its Twitter feed Friday that Remington will be host a “town hall” meeting on Monday at 11:00 a.m. in the track kitchen to answer questions about shipping and quarantine protocols. The post Two New Cases of EHV-1 at Remington appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  7. It is me I do believe.
  8. After prepping for a late-season campaign with a close runner-up finish in the Damascus Stakes Nov. 2 at Santa Anita, Roadster finds the equivalent of open highway Nov. 23 in the $100,000 Native Diver Stakes (G3) at Del Mar. View the full article
  9. Santa Anita Park, which will open for its 83rd Winter/Spring Meeting Thursday, Dec. 26, has announced a complete stakes schedule through closing day, June 21. The schedule, which includes a total of 93 added money races, will be keynoted by a pair of Grade I stakes on opening day–the $300,000 Malibu, for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs and the $300,000 La Brea, for 3-year-old fillies at the same distance. The Malibu and La Brea will again be complemented by the GII San Antonio S. and GII Mathis Brothers Mile. The GI American Oaks, for 3-year-old fillies at a mile and one quarter on turf, will serve as Santa Anita’s final Grade I offering this year Saturday, Dec. 28. The GI Santa Anita Derby will be run Saturday, Apr. 4. First run in February, 1935, the GI Santa Anita H. will be contested for the 83rd time Saturday, Mar. 7. The post Santa Anita Announces Winter/Spring Stakes Schedule appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  10. Very close indeed , but no cigar. Ricky in the bike. This bloke does look a little like Inky Lord but unlike him was unable to win the NZ cup at his crack at it against another Ex-pat kiwi in Lightning Blue just before Inky Lord came along. This bloke ended up in Brisbane here for a very high sale price but never reached the Dizzy heights of Lightning Blue and Village Kid.
  11. The Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced Nov. 22 that the ninth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit will be held June 23, 2020, at the Keeneland sales pavilion in Lexington. View the full article
  12. Japanese-based horses compete for a total of 17 points on the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby in Saturday’s $175,000 Cattleya Sho (allowance) over the metric mile at Tokyo Racecourse. American Pharoah has already sired three winners from five runners in Japan and two of those offspring–one colt and one filly–are among the full field of 16 juveniles. Danon Pharaoh (Jpn) has drawn the outside gate and has done little wrong in his two career trips to the post, both over Saturday’s course and distance. Hustled along to take up the running in his Oct. 26 bow, he carried the lead into the final furlong, gamely repelled a rival immediately to his outside, but could not resist a late rally from the re-opposing Dieu du Vin (Jpn) (Declaration of War) and settled for second (video). Driven through to lead after 400 meters of his latest Nov. 10, he carried a clear advantage into the final eighth of a mile and was able to hold off favored Newton Tesoro (Distorted Humor) (see below, gate 1) as the duo pulled well clear of their rivals. The 22-5 second favorite ante-post, Danon Pharaoh is a son of GI Santa Anita Oaks winner Crisp (El Corredor) and was purchased in utero for $350,000 at Keeneland November in 2016. The colt was resold for ¥180 million ($1,629,000) as a yearling at last year’s JRHA Select Sale. Dieu du Vin is the 27-10 favorite as of this writing and will be piloted by the visiting Frankie Dettori. WATCH: Danon Pharaoh breaks through at second asking American Pharoah’s daughter Clepat overcame a very wide trip to graduate at third asking at Hanshin Sept. 15. Make Happy (Square Eddie) beat the boys in last year’s Cattleya Sho and Serein (Uncle Mo) is well in the market to follow suit. Bred by Cres Ran LLC, the $500,000 Keeneland September yearling is a out of GISW Tiz Miz Sue (Tiznow) and opened her account with a determined first-out victory at Sapporo July 28 (video, gate 13). The North Hills runner, the joint-third choice at just under 5-1, was a good second in her first try against winners over track and trip Oct. 15. American Baby (Jpn) (Bernardini), carrying the same colors as last year’s Japanese contender Master Fencer (Jpn) (Just a Way {Jpn}), will have his fair share of backers off his lone trip to the races, an easy five-length score at this track Nov. 2 (video, gate 2). His dam, Nile Queen (Pioneerof the Nile), is a half-sister to GI Preakness S. hero Exaggerator (Curlin) and fetched $525,000 carring the colt in utero at KEENOV in 2016. American Baby was a ¥29 million ($254,330) graduate of the 2017 JRHA Select Foal Sale. The Cattleya Sho offers Kentucky Derby points on a 10-4-1-2 scale. The Japan Road to the Derby continues with the Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun (1600m, 20 points to the winner) at Kawasaki Dec. 18, the Listed Hyacinth S. (1600m, 30 points) back at Tokyo Feb. 16 and the Fukuryu S. (1800m, 40 points) at Nakayama Mar. 29. The post Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby Kicks Off in Cattleya Sho appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  13. Not sure what this has to do with the discussion but could you explain the above in a bit more detail please? I tried 111 but they didn't seem to know much about it.
  14. Royal Julius, trained by Jerome Reynier in Marseille in the southeast of France, came out best in a thrilling finish for the Bahrain International Trophy. View the full article
  15. One start after earning a graded stakes win in the United States, Augustin Stable's Xenobia will try her luck in Canada when she faces an expected 11 other fillies and mares in the Bessarabian Stakes (G2) Nov. 24 at Woodbine. View the full article
  16. Really? Who, Yankee Vets with shares in the LASIX industry? Get a grip...15 kgs lighter and they don't run faster? pfffft The World's moving on from the way Waller and his mates train...if HK and Germany can do it the World can can.... The Thoroughbred breed has NEVER been so weak..1952 average 40 starts...now down to 10.... LASIX weakens a Horse's physiology...Imagine the effect of constantly running dehydrated.... The SOCIAL LICENSE to race Thoroughbreds is rapidly becoming a 'thang'... Why are we still putting weaned foals through needless branding pain when the tech has long existed to get rid? The constant needling of Thoroughbreds on race day to test for go fast bloods...some despise the process... SOCIAL LICENSE...paste it in your hats and say NO to LASIX
  17. With its Championship Meet set to begin Friday, Nov. 29, Gulfstream Park is in the midst of a $20-million modernization project, which includes: ∙ A new open-air Dining Terrace on the second floor overlooking the racetrack featuring luxury boxes with private televisions and a lounge section, both offering food and beverage service from Ten Palms ∙ A new infield tote board measuring 100 ft. by 30 ft. boasting a high-density pixel LED screen ∙ Enhanced sound system on the apron and grandstand areas, additional LED screens and televisions throughout the buildings for a more convenient viewing experience ∙ Additional dining tables around the walking ring with food service offered from Char #3, a barbecue smokehouse, or Tito’s Raw Bar “We believe these new additions and the modernizing of Gulfstream Park will elevate the experience of our guests whether they’re attending the races, the casino, our poker room, the Village at Gulfstream Park, or our new concert series,” said Joe Lopez, Vice President of Hospitality and Venue Management at Gulfstream Park. “The experience of attending a sports or entertainment event has vastly changed in the past 10 years. Fans expect new technology, a variety of seating and dining options, and unique VIP experiences. The Stronach Group continues to lead the way in re-imagining the Thoroughbred racing experience as well as other unique entertainment events we will have at Gulfstream Park.” The projects are expected to be ongoing as the Championship meet begins. The post Gulfstream Undergoing $20-Million Modernization Project appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  18. With its Championship Meet set to begin Friday, Nov. 29, Gulfstream Park is in the midst of a $20-million modernization project, which includes: ∙ A new open-air Dining Terrace on the second floor overlooking the racetrack featuring luxury boxes with private televisions and a lounge section, both offering food and beverage service from Ten Palms ∙ A new infield tote board measuring 100 ft. by 30 ft. boasting a high-density pixel LED screen ∙ Enhanced sound system on the apron and grandstand areas, additional LED screens and televisions throughout the buildings for a more convenient viewing experience ∙ Additional dining tables around the walking ring with food service offered from Char #3, a barbecue smokehouse, or Tito’s Raw Bar “We believe these new additions and the modernizing of Gulfstream Park will elevate the experience of our guests whether they’re attending the races, the casino, our poker room, the Village at Gulfstream Park, or our new concert series,” said Joe Lopez, Vice President of Hospitality and Venue Management at Gulfstream Park. “The experience of attending a sports or entertainment event has vastly changed in the past 10 years. Fans expect new technology, a variety of seating and dining options, and unique VIP experiences. The Stronach Group continues to lead the way in re-imagining the Thoroughbred racing experience as well as other unique entertainment events we will have at Gulfstream Park.” The projects are expected to be ongoing as the Championship meet begins. The post Gulfstream Undergoing $20-Million Modernization Project appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  19. R10 Johnny eyre $9.50 looks great money on grass
  20. News throughout twitter re the onecoin connection? If what they are alleging is true, questions will be asked shortly in our neck of the woods. The British Authorities are already onto it, the rumour mill is rumbling.
  21. A total of 38 stakes, 11 graded, worth $6.325 million in purses, have been scheduled through mid-May 2020 at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, highlighted by the 145th running of the $1.5-million GI Preakness S., the Maryland Jockey Club announced Friday. The Preakness will anchor a blockbuster program of 10 stakes worth $2.75 million on the third Saturday in May that also includes the GII Dixie S., GIII Chick Lang S., GIII Gallorette S. and GIII Maryland Sprint S. Maryland’s traditional hometown Preakness prep, the 1 1/8-mile Federico Tesio S. Saturday, Apr. 18, received a $75,000 purse boost to $200,000 and remains a ‘Win and In’ event for Triple Crown-nominated horses to the Preakness. “We feel we have adjusted and improved our stakes schedule for the first half of 2020,” said Sal Sinatra, President and General Manager of the Maryland Jockey Club. “We’ve increased the purse of the Tesio, a ‘Win and In’ for the 145th Preakness, to $200,000 and we’ve given horsemen some additional incentives to run the weekend of the Preakness.” Click here for the complete stakes schedule. The post First Half for ’20 Maryland Stakes Anchored by Preakness appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  22. A total of 38 stakes, 11 graded, worth $6.325 million in purses, have been scheduled through mid-May 2020 at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, highlighted by the 145th running of the $1.5-million GI Preakness S., the Maryland Jockey Club announced Friday. The Preakness will anchor a blockbuster program of 10 stakes worth $2.75 million on the third Saturday in May that also includes the GII Dixie S., GIII Chick Lang S., GIII Gallorette S. and GIII Maryland Sprint S. Maryland’s traditional hometown Preakness prep, the 1 1/8-mile Federico Tesio S. Saturday, Apr. 18, received a $75,000 purse boost to $200,000 and remains a ‘Win and In’ event for Triple Crown-nominated horses to the Preakness. “We feel we have adjusted and improved our stakes schedule for the first half of 2020,” said Sal Sinatra, President and General Manager of the Maryland Jockey Club. “We’ve increased the purse of the Tesio, a ‘Win and In’ for the 145th Preakness, to $200,000 and we’ve given horsemen some additional incentives to run the weekend of the Preakness.” Click here for the complete stakes schedule. The post First Half for ’20 Maryland Stakes Anchored by Preakness appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  23. It's a real shame you've gone to the darkside.... Led by a CHARLATAN who claims 'knowledge'...written a 'bit' in a book... Cant work out a "140%'" market includes Emergencies.... Call 111 mate you've been had....
  24. The five-day Goffs November Foal and Breeding Stock Sales drew to a close on Friday with an abbreviated Part II of each section. While, as per the norm, clearance rates took a hit as the level of trade dipped, the gains seen in the previous days continued across most sectors. The day began with Part II of the Breeding Stock Sale, with 79 going through the ring after scratches. Fifty-six were sold for an aggregate of €298,600, an average of €5,332 and a median of €3,750. Cumulatively, 295 fillies and mares were offered across a day and a half of selling for the breeding stock sale, with 82% of those (242) finding new homes-well up on last year’s 64.7% clearance rate. The average and median were similarly up, 24% (€33,152) and 40% (€14,000), respectively. The aggregate was €8,022,900, and the overall topper the €525,000 Snowflakes (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). Leading the way on Friday was Ballylinch Stud’s 16-year-old Lidanski (Ire) (Soviet Star) (lot 1130), in foal to Fascinating Rock (Ire) and bought by Tullogher House Stud for €32,000. The daughter of the dual Group 3 winner Lidanna (GB) (Nicholas) produced stakes winners from her first two foals: the G1 Prix de l’Abbaye victor Wizz Kid (Ire) (Whipper) and the listed-winning Mustaheel (Ire) (Lawman {Fr}). Wednesday’s session saw a record price for a colt foal at this sale established in the form of Springbank Way Stud’s Dubawi (Ire) colt out of Nightime (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), bought–like his elder full-brother Ghaiyyath (Ire)–by Godolphin for €1.2-million. Friday’s Part II foal session was admittedly more low key but the stats stacked up favourably to 2018. Part II of the foals saw 157 offered and 105 sold for a clearance rate of 66.8%. The average was down 3.5% to €6,481, while the median climbed 12% to €4,200. A pair of colts by Dandy Man (Ire) fetched the top two prices of Friday’s foal session: first was Ballintry Stud’s son of the winning Shamardal mare Texas Queen (GB) (lot 1183), who was bought by Jamie B. Bloodstock for €35,000. A short time later, Hot Bloodstock went to €24,000 for Piercetown Stud’s Dandy Man (Ire) colt out of the unraced Unusually Hot (Ire) (Unusual Heat) (lot 1195). “What a week,” said Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby. “The Goffs November Sale has a rich history and the 2019 renewal is one that only adds to the story in a largely positive way. “Our Part 1 Foal Sale set records in every area headed by the world’s highest priced foal of the year so far at €1.2 million. He headed a trade of true strength and depth that reflected the quality of the foals entrusted to us by so many leading breeders who continue to send a bigger share of their best to Goffs. Indeed, our Day 3 sale was a superb representation of the cream of the 2019 foal crop with the very best of Irish foals joined by some notable UK bred youngsters leading to an average of just short of €100,000 and a whole sale median of €30,000. The quality of the catalogue allowed us to make significant advances at every level as we welcomed a wide cross section of pinhookers and end users to Kildare Paddocks. “The Breeding Stock Sale also recorded significant gains as an international audience battled it out for lot after lot on Day 1 and that trend continued through to [Friday] when a 71% clearance rate was returned. This is a sale with a tremendous track record on the racecourse and we have no doubt this year’s graduates will be responsible for their share of top-class performers. Of course we would like more as we had several overseas buyers with unfilled orders so our task next year will be to attract a larger catalogue of quality to meet demand as our feedback is that our international visitors love their trips to Ireland and to Goffs as they see quality and value at every level. “Whilst the week is a statistical success and the headlines are very positive, it would be naive of us not to recognise the ongoing challenges facing breeders. We have seen a relentless hunger for the best of the best at Goffs which underlines the enduring appeal of the best Irish-bred bloodstock across the globe. However the trends that became clearer at the yearling sales meant that the foal market was increasingly selective for those that the pinhooking fraternity have doubts about for the 2020 sales. The polarisation of the market only appears to be increasing, and the double whammy of Brexit uncertainty and poor UK prize money is making the market tougher for the commercial breeder and trader. As an auction house we will continue to work tirelessly to deliver the most vibrant market place possible at all levels and a look back at our Autumn Yearling Sale was testament to the hard work of our international network of agents and Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, as reliance on the domestic market would have led to a very different result. However, along with a satisfaction of a good week overall, we will reflect on how we can further improve the market at every level in 2020. “For now we extend our thanks to every vendor, as we really are nothing without their horses, and our appreciation and best wishes to each purchaser as both groups have confirmed the Goffs November Sale’s market leading status once again.” The post Goffs Closes With Figures Up appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  25. The five-day Goffs November Foal and Breeding Stock Sales drew to a close on Friday with an abbreviated Part II of each section. While, as per the norm, clearance rates took a hit as the level of trade dipped, the gains seen in the previous days continued across most sectors. The day began with Part II of the Breeding Stock Sale, with 79 going through the ring after scratches. Fifty-six were sold for an aggregate of €298,600, an average of €5,332 and a median of €3,750. Cumulatively, 295 fillies and mares were offered across a day and a half of selling for the breeding stock sale, with 82% of those (242) finding new homes-well up on last year’s 64.7% clearance rate. The average and median were similarly up, 24% (€33,152) and 40% (€14,000), respectively. The aggregate was €8,022,900, and the overall topper the €525,000 Snowflakes (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). Leading the way on Friday was Ballylinch Stud’s 16-year-old Lidanski (Ire) (Soviet Star) (lot 1130), in foal to Fascinating Rock (Ire) and bought by Tullogher House Stud for €32,000. The daughter of the dual Group 3 winner Lidanna (GB) (Nicholas) produced stakes winners from her first two foals: the G1 Prix de l’Abbaye victor Wizz Kid (Ire) (Whipper) and the listed-winning Mustaheel (Ire) (Lawman {Fr}). Wednesday’s session saw a record price for a colt foal at this sale established in the form of Springbank Way Stud’s Dubawi (Ire) colt out of Nightime (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), bought–like his elder full-brother Ghaiyyath (Ire)–by Godolphin for €1.2-million. Friday’s Part II foal session was admittedly more low key but the stats stacked up favourably to 2018. Part II of the foals saw 157 offered and 105 sold for a clearance rate of 66.8%. The average was down 3.5% to €6,481, while the median climbed 12% to €4,200. A pair of colts by Dandy Man (Ire) fetched the top two prices of Friday’s foal session: first was Ballintry Stud’s son of the winning Shamardal mare Texas Queen (GB) (lot 1183), who was bought by Jamie B. Bloodstock for €35,000. A short time later, Hot Bloodstock went to €24,000 for Piercetown Stud’s Dandy Man (Ire) colt out of the unraced Unusually Hot (Ire) (Unusual Heat) (lot 1195). “What a week,” said Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby. “The Goffs November Sale has a rich history and the 2019 renewal is one that only adds to the story in a largely positive way. “Our Part 1 Foal Sale set records in every area headed by the world’s highest priced foal of the year so far at €1.2 million. He headed a trade of true strength and depth that reflected the quality of the foals entrusted to us by so many leading breeders who continue to send a bigger share of their best to Goffs. Indeed, our Day 3 sale was a superb representation of the cream of the 2019 foal crop with the very best of Irish foals joined by some notable UK bred youngsters leading to an average of just short of €100,000 and a whole sale median of €30,000. The quality of the catalogue allowed us to make significant advances at every level as we welcomed a wide cross section of pinhookers and end users to Kildare Paddocks. “The Breeding Stock Sale also recorded significant gains as an international audience battled it out for lot after lot on Day 1 and that trend continued through to [Friday] when a 71% clearance rate was returned. This is a sale with a tremendous track record on the racecourse and we have no doubt this year’s graduates will be responsible for their share of top-class performers. Of course we would like more as we had several overseas buyers with unfilled orders so our task next year will be to attract a larger catalogue of quality to meet demand as our feedback is that our international visitors love their trips to Ireland and to Goffs as they see quality and value at every level. “Whilst the week is a statistical success and the headlines are very positive, it would be naive of us not to recognise the ongoing challenges facing breeders. We have seen a relentless hunger for the best of the best at Goffs which underlines the enduring appeal of the best Irish-bred bloodstock across the globe. However the trends that became clearer at the yearling sales meant that the foal market was increasingly selective for those that the pinhooking fraternity have doubts about for the 2020 sales. The polarisation of the market only appears to be increasing, and the double whammy of Brexit uncertainty and poor UK prize money is making the market tougher for the commercial breeder and trader. As an auction house we will continue to work tirelessly to deliver the most vibrant market place possible at all levels and a look back at our Autumn Yearling Sale was testament to the hard work of our international network of agents and Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, as reliance on the domestic market would have led to a very different result. However, along with a satisfaction of a good week overall, we will reflect on how we can further improve the market at every level in 2020. “For now we extend our thanks to every vendor, as we really are nothing without their horses, and our appreciation and best wishes to each purchaser as both groups have confirmed the Goffs November Sale’s market leading status once again.” The post Goffs Closes With Figures Up appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  26. The Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation have announced that the ninth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit will be held Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at the Keeneland Sales pavilion in Lexington, KY. “The Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit demonstrates our industry’s dedication to the safety of our equine and human athletes,” said Jamie Haydon, president of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. “Improving health, safety and welfare are more important than ever, and this summit continually provides an opportunity for industry experts to share their best practices, research findings and offer recommendations. We are thankful for Keeneland’s support of this event since its inception.” The summit is open to the public and a live webcast will be available. A formal agenda and list of speakers will be announced at a later date. Industry participants are asked to provide feedback on what they believe are the most important topics relating to safety, health and welfare through this survey. “Keeneland strongly supports the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, and we are honored to again host this important industry event,” Keeneland President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Thomason said. “Many of racing’s most exciting safety advances have germinated from these expert discussions, and it is critical that we continue this dialogue.” The post Welfare and Safety Summit Scheduled for June 2020 appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  27. The Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation have announced that the ninth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit will be held Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at the Keeneland Sales pavilion in Lexington, KY. “The Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit demonstrates our industry’s dedication to the safety of our equine and human athletes,” said Jamie Haydon, president of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. “Improving health, safety and welfare are more important than ever, and this summit continually provides an opportunity for industry experts to share their best practices, research findings and offer recommendations. We are thankful for Keeneland’s support of this event since its inception.” The summit is open to the public and a live webcast will be available. A formal agenda and list of speakers will be announced at a later date. Industry participants are asked to provide feedback on what they believe are the most important topics relating to safety, health and welfare through this survey. “Keeneland strongly supports the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, and we are honored to again host this important industry event,” Keeneland President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Thomason said. “Many of racing’s most exciting safety advances have germinated from these expert discussions, and it is critical that we continue this dialogue.” The post Welfare and Safety Summit Scheduled for June 2020 appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
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