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1162 Sunbaked  2010 CH Filly, by Malibu Moon, out of Robin’s Prospect, St. George Sales, Agen XIII – $9,000, Dave Lebsock

1260 Bebop 2009 DB/BR Mare, by Belong to Me, out of Talent, Lane’s End, Agent for Smitten Farm – $10,000, Gregory Grisolia & Lucille Friedman

1284 Cherokee Probe 2004 DB/BR Mare, by Cherokee Run, out of Probing, bred to Talent Search, Ramsey Farm  – $4,500, Ikhana Farm

1286 B Filly 2011, by Candy Ride (ARG), out of Christmas Card, Warrendale Sales, Agent XI – $17,000, Adena Springs

1360 – Out

1366 Galway 2010 GR/RO Filly, by More Than Ready, out of Elsie Jay, Trackside Farm (Tom Evans), Agent I – $10,000 Calumet Far

1398 Including 2010 DB/BR Filly, by Include            , out of Doolittle, Claiborne Farm, Agent – $20,000, Adena Springs

1519 – RNA

1526 Sabu 1997 DB/BR Mare, by Deputy Minister, out of Swaalif,  Monticule LLC – $1,500, Kristin Case

Visits: 218



BAYONNE (Jim McCue/MJC Photo)

On January 19, 2012, Virginia horseman Jeff Cramer claimed the four-year-old mare Bayonne after she finished second in a race at Penn National. At that point he haltered Bayonne, by Dances With Ravens, out of Too Fast to Catch by Nice Catch, for $6,250. At the time, she had made 12 starts with four wins and four seconds and earnings of $63,800.

At the time, Bayonne, who was bred in Maryland by Dark Hollow Farm and Herringswell Stable, was a half-sister to two stakes winners – Storm Punch (Two Punch) and Eighttofasttocatch (No For Love).  Storm Punch had won the Primer at Laurel, finished second in the Stanton Stakes at Delaware Park and third in the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Gr.1  and Eighttofasttocatch was a multiple stakes winner of $266,200.

Eighttofasttocatch would go on to amass a total of $914,585 including wins in the Harrison E. Johnson Memorial, the Jennings Handicap in 2012 and the Henry S. Clark Stakes, the Maryland Million Classic, the Jennings (again) and the Broad Brush Stakes.

Byonne would prove to more than just a fancy pedigree for Cramer, she won a starter optional claiming race in July at Charles Town in August, an allowance race in August before topping the $70,000 Pink Ribbon Stakes at the West Virginia track and the $40,000 Kattegat’s Pride Starter Handicap on Preakness Day at Pimlico last year.

Under Cramer’s watch, Bayonne earned an additional $137,983 to total $201,783 in earnings that also included two thirds in stakes races.

The now six-year-old mare recently sold at the Keeneland January sale for $65,000 (more than 10 times the original claim paid by Cramer) as a broodmare prospect to Thornmar Farm.

Visits: 156


(Keeneland – edited) Keeneland’s 56th January Horses of All Ages Sale, which closed Thursday, continued the auction season driven by positive signs for the Thoroughbred industry with participation from a deeply diverse buying bench, robust trade and exceptional strength at all levels of the market.

Gross receipts for the four-day January Sale, held Jan. 6-9, totaled $41,025,700 for 1,027 horses. The average price was $39,947, and the median price was $20,000.

At last year’s sale, which covered five days, 1,105 horses sold for $45,207,300, for an average of $40,912 and a median of $15,000.

The 2013 sale included the complete dispersal of prominent owner/breeder Issam Fares’ Fares Farm.

“The January Sale confirmed what we saw during last fall’s September Yearling and November Breeding Stock sales: that we are operating in a fair market,” Keeneland Vice President of Sales Walt Robertson said. “Buyers are responding to this true market with enthusiasm and confidence that they will see a return on their investments.”

Evidence of the strong volume of trade was confirmed by a clearance rate of 80 percent. That trend began with the September Yearling Sale, the industry’s acknowledged barometer of its health, and continued through the November Breeding Stock Sale when clearance rates were 80 percent and 85 percent, respectively.

Prominent breeders were responsible for two of the most expensive purchases made during the January Sale.

The sale-topper came on Tuesday, Jan. 7, when Ponche de Leona, dam of 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner and Horse of the Year candidate Mucho Macho Man, sold to Elizabeth Moran’s Brushwood Stable for $775,000. The 15-year-old daughter of Ponche was sold in foal to Distorted Humor. She was consigned by Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services, agent.

Grade 3 winner Sweeter Still (IRE), the lone mare in the sale in foal to leading English and Irish sire Galileo (IRE), brought the sale’s co-second-highest price of $750,000 from Damian and Braxton Lynch’s Royal Oak Farm. Lynch purchased the 9-year-old daughter of Rock of Gibralter (IRE) for Phyllis Wyeth of Chadds Ford Stable. Wyeth plans to breed the mare to her Belmont (G1) winner, Union Rags. Sweeter Still was consigned by Eaton Sales.

A colt by leading sire Kitten’s Joy was the auction’s top-priced yearling, selling Monday to Philip Blake for $235,000. Consigned by Castle Park Farm, agent, the colt is out of the Storm Cat mare Gata Bella, and is a half-brother to stakes winner Ha Ha Tonka.

Subzero temperatures during the opening two days of the January Sale didn’t affect the size of the crowds in attendance, or diminish participation of consignors and buyers.

The weather had improved significantly by closing Thursday, when Keeneland sold 273 horses for $4,563,300, for an average of 16,715 and a median of $10,000. During the fourth session in 2013, 248 horses sold for $3,389,600, for an average of $13,668 and a median of $7,000.

Topping the final session at $135,000 was Grade 3 winner Scatman, a 5-year-old son of Scat Daddy consigned by Greenfield Farm, agent. Trainer Eddie Kenneally, agent, purchased Scatman, who has won five of 16 races and earned $314,939. Scatman was to leave the evening after the sale for Palm Meadows training center in Florida to continue his racing career.

Ben Glass, agent, ranked as the sale’s leading buyer, purchasing 30 horses for $1,682,000.

The sale’s leading consignor was Taylor Made Sales Agency, which sold 99 horses for $4,126,200.


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(Keeneland Edited) Lady Kierkegaard, a 5-year-old winning daughter of Arch, sold to Fleetwood Bloodstock for $310,000 to top Wednesday’s third session of the 56th Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale as figures rose across the board.

During the session, Keeneland sold 246 horses for $5,953,300, marking a 20 percent increase in gross sales from the corresponding session of the 2013 sale at which 227 horses sold for $4,953,900. The session’s average price of $24,200 rose nearly 11 percent from the $21,823 average last year, while the median of $15,000 was 15 percent higher than the average of $13,000 from 2013.

Cumulatively, Keeneland has sold 754 horses for $36,462,400. The average is $48,359, and the median is $25,500.

Through the first three days of the 2013 sale, Keeneland sold 676 horses for $40,299,000. The average was $59,614 and the median was $25,000.

Lady Kierkegaard, consigned by Winter Quarter Farm, agent, is out of the Mr. Prospector mare Realm. She is a half-sister to stakes winner Haint and is from the family of Grade 1 winner Preach.

Tim McMurry of Fleetwood Bloodstock signed the ticket for Lady Kierkegaard on behalf of Jerre Paxton of Northwest Farms.

“She’s correct. She’s a great physical,” McMurry said about Lady Kierkegaard, who will join Paxton’s broodmare band in Kentucky. “Jerre would tell you it’s a beauty contest and she’s pretty.”

Earlier in the session, two racing or broodmare prospects each sold for $170,000. Adena Springs purchased the first, 5-year-old Evil Kitten, by Kitten’s Joy. Evil Kitten, a Grade 3-placed runner, is out of the Southern Halo mare Santo Mio and is a half-sister to stakes winner Lucky Halo. She was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.

Two yearlings brought $85,000 to lead the yearlings offered during the session. The first was a Frost Giant colt purchased by Is It Real Stables. Brandywine Farm, agent, consigned the colt, who is out of the Is It True mare Sarahisittrue.

Cedar Hill Farm bought the second $85,000 yearling, an Uncle Mo filly consigned by James Herbener, agent. She is out of the Dixie Union mare Southern Colony.

Adena Springs was the session’s leading buyer, purchasing five horses for $417,000. The leading buyer through the first three days is Ben Glass, agent, who has spent $1,682,000 on 30 horses.

The session’s leading consignor was Taylor Made Sales Agency, which sold 50 horses for $1,541,200. Taylor Made is the sale’s overall leading consignor, with 99 horses sold for $4,126,200.

Thursday, Jan. 9, marks the final day of the January Sale with the session beginning at 10 a.m. ET

Visits: 83


287 Misty in Malibu, 3/27/2009, Mare by Malibu Moon, out of Misty Rain, Dark Hollow, Agent I (to Dissolve a Partnership) – $80,000, Ellen Charles (Hillwood Stable)

293 Moonlight Cruise  4/19/2001, Mare by Silver Deputy, out of Ladies Cruise. Bred to Tapizar, Dapple Stud, Agent – $37,000, Chad Schumer, Agent

349 Scootin’ Girl 4/3/1998, Mare by Dumaani, out of Boltin’ Bride. Bred to Congrats, Select Sales, Agent – $50,000,Nursery Place

439 Zapara 2/13/2010, Filly by Not For Love, out of Play all Day, Broodmare Prospect, James B. Keogh (Grovendale), Agent XIII – $27,000, Michelle St. George & Brookstone Farm

619 Lady Chip 2/16/2004, Mare by Dixie Union, out of Chip. Bred to Lookin At Lucky, Brookdale Sales, Agent for Audley Farm Equine – $20,000, Gene Tenbrink

 653 Miss Trinidad 2/16/2003, Mare by Kingmambo, out of Miznah (IRE). Bred to Afleet Alex, Walnut Green, Agent for Smart Angle LLP – $35,000, Mohamed Abdulla Abdulmalik

Visits: 121


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(Keeneland – edited) Life Happened, dam of Grade 2 winner Vyjack and Grade 3 winner Tepin, brought $750,000 on Monday to top the opening session of Keeneland’s 56th annual January Horses of All Ages Sale.

Jason Litt of Solis/Litt Bloodstock purchased Life Happened, a 13-year-old daughter of Stravinsky in foal to Harlan’s Holiday. She was consigned by Select Sales, agent.

Litt said he purchased Life Happened for LNJ Foxwoods, “a client that’s building up a broodmare band. She seemed like a logical choice with pretty good runners. (She’s a) beautiful mare in foal to the last crop of Harlan’s Holiday so it’s pretty exciting. … Everyone is pretty pumped, and this kind of mare can hopefully give you a classic-style horse. (LNJ Foxwoods is) looking to build something long term and we thought this was definitely the type of mare you (begin with).”

During the Monday session, Keeneland sold 232 horses for $13,714,900, for an average price of $59,116 and a median price of $35,000. At the first session of last year’s January Sale, 201 horses brought $15,331,400 for an average of $76,276 and a median of $30,000. In addition, there was a 30 percent decrease in the RNA rate, as 73 horses failed to meet their reserve compared with 104 horses in 2013.

Glen Hill Farm paid $425,000, the day’s second-highest price, for the 6-year-old Maria’s Mon mare Louvakhova, a half-sister to French highweight Flotilla (FR), winner of the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) and 2013 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches-French One Thousand Guineas (G1). Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, consigned Louvakhova, sold in foal to Arch.

Grade 1 winner and millionaire Unbridled Belle, in foal to Bernardini, brought $400,000 from Haruya Yoshida of Japan’s Oiwake Farm. Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, consigned the 11-year-old Broken Vow mare out of Grade 3 winner Little Bold Belle, by Silver Buck.

With the purchase of Life Happened, Solis/Litt Bloodstock was the session’s leading buyer.

Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, was the session’s leading consignor, selling 49 horses for $2,585,000.

Visits: 119



Hip #2658, Colt by U.S. Ranger, out of Hard as Nails, bred by Maria Becker, consigned by Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services – $15,000, Joe Gillis

Visits: 85



Hip #1928, Colt by Summer Bird, out of Hawaiian Love, by Not For Love, bred by Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin III, consigned by Eaton Sales – $32,000, Michelle Redding

Visits: 97



Hip #883, Filly by Elusive Quality, out of Skipstone, bred by Morgan’s Ford Farm and William Mott, consigned by Dapple Stud – $57,000, Don Amechi

Hip #990, Colt by Arch, out of Arista, bred by Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin III, consigned by Eaton Sales – $260,000, Becky Thomas – Fourth highest weanling price of the session.


Hip #797, Colt by Birdstone, out of My Lordship, bred and consigned by Morgan’s Ford Farm — $100,000, Abbey House Farm


Visits: 71



HIP #452


Hip #452, Colt by City Zip, out of River Fancy, bred and consigned by Morgan’s Ford Farm – $90,000 Sundown Bloodstock

Hip #615, Filly by First Samurai, out of Cryptoqueen, bred by Albert Coppola, Consigned by Three Chimney Sales – $22,0000, Imagine

Visits: 86
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