Archive for September, 2010

Keeneland concludes successful Yearling Sale

Monday, September 27th, 2010

The Keeneland September Yearling Sale concluded on Sunday, September 26 with across-the-board increases.

Receipts for the 14-day auction totaled $198,257,900, for an average $64,811 and a median of $25,000. In 2009, gross sales were $191,859,200, for an average of $60,734 and a median of $22,000. This year, 3,059 yearlings were sold compared to 3,159 in 2009. The reserve-not-attained rate was 26.7 percent compared to 27.5 percent in 2009.

An A.P. Indy colt out of multiple G1 stakes winner Balance brought $4.2 million on opening night. It was the highest price paid for a yearling at the September Sale since 2006.

“The success of the September Sale is borne out by a number of positive indicators – high volume of trade, a deep buying bench and strong average and median prices,” said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland’s director of sales. “Since this is the industry’s most important sale, it has long been the barometer of the health of the North American industry.”

This year’s auction opened with two select evening sessions designed to create excitement and momentum that would carry forward into the following days of the sale. Keeneland also reformatted its first-week catalog to present yearlings alphabetically by dam, instead of as previously ranked by pedigree and conformation.

“One of our goals with the format change was to get more buyers to market, and we succeeded,” Russell said. “We saw a great mix of old and new faces, both domestic and foreign, and they stayed longer into the sale. Trading was very evenly spread among a number of buyers. That is a very healthy sign.”

Trainer Tim Hamm agreed that market conditions and a change in buying strategies by some parties sparked more diverse participation.

“Buyers had more opportunity to get better pedigrees than in the past and to really get involved in the early part of the sale,” he said. “Before we were kind of shut out…”

Keeneland collaborated with consignors to develop the new format. “Our consignors deserve a good deal of credit; they’ve been supportive of the format changes and really brought some good stock to market,” he said. “Their ability to evaluate the market was key to the strong clearance rate.”

Buyers from nearly every state and 39 countries were represented, producing high traffic in the barns and competitive bidding throughout the sale.

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2010 El Rancho 5/6yo Non-Pro Ltd

Sunday, September 26th, 2010
225.0
g
C DIDLEY SQUAT R: LINDSEY CREED O: LINDSEY CREED
(CD ROYAL x LITTLE MISS PLAYGUN, by PLAYGUN)
Earned: $1,700

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2010 El Rancho 4yo Amateur

Sunday, September 26th, 2010
221.0
m
ICED OUT R: JERRY ERWIN O: JERRY & KATHY ERWIN
(SMOOTH AS A CAT x ABSOLUTELY STUNNING, by SMART LITTLE LENA)
Earned: $1,700

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2010 El Rancho 5/6yo Amateur

Sunday, September 26th, 2010
219.0
g
FANCY PIPEDREAM R: JIM MILNE O: JIM MILNE
(SOULA JULE STAR x FANCY HANDLE, by DUAL PEP)
Earned: $1,300

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Reining gold for U.S. at World Equestrian Games

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Team USA earned its third consecutive medal in reining competition on Sunday, September 26 at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY. Belgium won the team silver medal, while Italy claimed the bronze.

This is the third time that reining has been included in the World Games.

“The difference in quality of the overall exhibitors at this event has grown so much,” said Veteran U.S. rider Tim McQuay, who also won the individual silver medal in reining at the 2006 World Equestrian Games. “It’s just unbelievable how much better they’ve gotten.”

In the order of their runs, McQuay and Hollywoodstinseltown scored a 220.5; Craig Schmersal and Mister Montana Nic marked a 223.5; Tom McCutcheon and Gunners Special Nite scored a 224; and Shawn Flarida and RC Fancy Step marked a 207.5 (Flarida’s stirrup strap broke during his performance and rules mandated that he be penalized for touching the saddle).

For Belgium, which has a small but developing reining community, the silver medal was a significant achievement.

“We were hoping for third place, but getting silver is like a dream come true,” said Belgium chef d’equipe Susy Baeck, whose sister, Cira Baeck, is a team member. “Tomorrow morning when we wake up, we will realize, and we will have a headache for sure.”

For the Italians, international success is nothing new. They claimed bronze medals in each of the previous World Equestrian Games and in 2008, beat the U.S. team to claim the FEI World Reining Championships.

Countries competing in reining at the World Equestrian Games included: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, France, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, South America, Spain, Sweden and the United States.

A “second-chance” qualifying competition for the individual finals will be held Tuesday, in which the top five competitors advance to the finals, which are scheduled for Thursday and will also include the top-15 scoring horses and riders from the team competition.

2010 El Rancho 3yo Non-Pro

Saturday, September 25th, 2010
218.0
m
SWEET ON CEE DEE R: JANET WESTFALL O: JANET & RUSS WESTFALL
(CD ROYAL x SWEET LITTLE JEEP, by GENUINE JEEP)
Earned: $7,200

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2010 El Rancho 3yo Non-Pro Gelding

Saturday, September 25th, 2010
210.0
g
CAT CHA RIDE R: TOM MERTLE O: TOM MERTLE
(WR THIS CATS SMART x SWEET LITTLE HOLLY, by LENAS TELESIS)
Earned: $522

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