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Tuesday, October 20, 2020


Caberneigh won the Hunter Breeding Overall Grand Championship

LEXINGTON, Ky.--Kelsey Calabro’s 3-year-old filly Caberneigh (Cabardino N x Special Consideration), the Overall Reserve Grand Champion in 2019, topped the 2020 competition to be crowned Hunter Breeding Overall Grand Champion.

CaberneighCaberneigh, 2020 Sallie B. Wheeler/USEF/USHJA Hunter Breeding Overall Grand Champion (Photo by SAS Photography)Caberneigh was bred by Linda Mancini and handled by Emily Anne Belin-McDonnell, and was placed first by judges Tony Sgarlata and Mike Rosser in the Three-Year-Old Filly class at the East Coast event on Aug. 22 at the Virginia Young Horse Festival.

She stayed at the front of their minds through the West Coast competition, judged again by Sgarlata along with Sue Lightner, at Blenheim Equisports' International Jumping Festival on Sept. 18 to earn the coveted overall title after the conclusion of both events.

FIF Bondalu (Bliss MF x Footloose), a 2017 Oldenburg stallion bred, owned, and handled by Rachel Benson was shown in the Three-Year-Old Colt/Gelding class and named this year's Overall Reserve Grand Champion.

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Welbourne Farms PA is taking over operations at Northview PA

PEACH BOTTOM, Pa.--Northview PA, one of the largest stallion operations on the East Coast, and Wellbourne Farms PA, have jointly announced the transition of the renowned Pennsylvania breeding operation in Lancaster County.

Norhtview PNorhtview PAWellbourne Farms of Pennsylvania, LLC will carry on the unparalleled stallion and broodmare services the Mid-Atlantic Region has become accustomed to at the Pennsylvania facility.

Wellbourne plans to provide high level breeding, broodmare care, and turnouts.

“We are thrilled that the farm will remain a breeding operation,” said Northview Stallion Station general manager David Wade. “We’ve assured Wellbourne Farms that we will support them and do whatever we can to help them during and beyond the transition.”

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Strong Returns, Seven-Figure Sale Topper for Fifth Consecutive Year at Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training

TIMONIUM, Md.--The Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training sale conducted another strong session on Tuesday to close the 2020 edition of the sale.

asig Tiptpn MidlanticFor the fifth consecutive year, a seven-figure juvenile topped the Timonium sale.

The sale-topper came during Monday's session, when Hip 118, a colt by record-breaking champion freshman sire Uncle Mo, sold for $1,100,000 to Donato Lanni, agent for Michael Lund Petersen.

The dark bay or brown colt was consigned by Pike Racing, agent.

Hip 118 worked an eighth in 10.0 during last week's under tack show.

The Virginia-bred two-year-old is a half-brother to G2 winner Azar out of a winning Mineshaft half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Woodlander.

A colt by Candy Ride (ARG) topped the sale's Tuesday session when sold for $875,000 to Gary Young, agent.

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Pennsylania Horse Breeders Association announced 2020 Awards structure

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa--The Covid-19 pandemic has caused much hardship in the breeding and racing world.

Racig generic 3Racing at Presque IsleIt’s effect on our families has been physically and mentally demanding, and in some cases, devastating.

We hope that the worst is behind us.

We’d like to thank our breeders who donated money to help others feed and care for their horses during this time of need.

With the reopening of Pennsylvania racing, it is imperative that our breeders begin to earn as much as possible to make up for the unexpected shutdown.

Let us first start by saying that Breeder Awards will be paid at the same rate as before the closure, which includes the additional 25 percent for maiden races first through third.

That’s 50 percent for PA-Sired PA-Breds and 25 percent for non-PA-Sired PA-Breds.

Breeder Awards in all other races will continue to be paid at 40 percent and 20 percent respectively.

Secondly, Owner Bonuses will remain the same as before the closure.

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Northview to sell its Pennsylvania property

PEACH BOTTOM, Pa.--Management of Northview Stallion Station, one of the largest stallion operations on the East Coast, has made the decision to consolidate and focus on the Maryland division.

NothviewNothview PAThe Pennsylvania property in Peach Bottom, which houses four stallions, is being put up for sale.

Northview PA will continue to operate normally until the property is sold or, should it not sell by fall, until Nov. 30, at which time the resident stallions will be moved to the Maryland division.

In a letter to clients late last week, Northview General Manager David Wade and Vice-President Michael Golden said: “We have strived to offer Mid-Atlantic breeders some of the best stallions and service in the region. We thank you for your business, your trust, and especially for the relationships we have developed over the years.

“As happens with most businesses, however, circumstances often change and Northview has made the difficult decision to consolidate our operation and focus on the Maryland division.

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New drug restrictions at Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland Sales

LEXINGTON, Ky.--Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland are instating new restrictions on the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids and bronchodilators, including Clenbuterol, for all horses sold at sales conducted by the two major Thoroughbred auction houses effective immediately, officials from Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland announced.

Fasig Tipton MidlanticThese latest reforms are in addition to restrictions put in place earlier this year for 2-year-old sales held at Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton, and follow action in 2009 to ban the use of anabolic steroids in sales horses and last year’s ban on the off-label use of bisphosphonates in horses younger than four years old.

Fasig-Tipton President Boyd T. Browning Jr. and Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said in a joint statement: “We remain united in our advocacy to serve the best interest of the horse. The use of medication is the most critical issue facing the Thoroughbred industry, and one that threatens the confidence of both the marketplace and the public. These reforms continue to promote transparency and integrity, and in doing so, strengthen the entire auction process.”

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Fasig-Tipton Consolidates Selected Yearling Sales Schedule, will conduct "2020 Selected Yearlings Showcase" in Kentucky Monday, April 27, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky.--Fasig-Tipton will consolidate its July, Saratoga, and New York Bred yearling sales into one selected yearling auction – the 2020 Selected Yearlings Showcase – to be held on Wednesday and Thursday, September 9-10, at its Lexington, Kentucky facility.

Fasig Tipton Midlantic scenic inspection FTMscenics5 19FTKPBZM8489 FTMMAY19 WEB Fasig TiptonThe company came to the decision after evaluating the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic for the last several weeks.

"We are excited to offer our buyers and sellers a selected yearling venue in Kentucky," said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. "We envision this catalogue will include yearlings that would traditionally fit our Saratoga Sale, as well as those that would fall in the upper echelons of our July and New York Bred yearling sales."

The July, Saratoga, and NY Bred Selected Yearling Sales will return to their traditional dates in 2021.

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Fasig-Tipton to allow online bidding at all future auctions

TIMONIUM, Md.--Fasig-Tipton announced that it will offer online bidding at all its future live auctions.

Midlantic LocationThe platform will be available for Fasig-Tipton's next scheduled auction, the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, to be held June 29-30 in Timonium, Md.

"The addition of online bidding to our live auctions is a service we are pleased to offer," said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. "At no other time has this service been more crucial or needed. As we all work to conduct business in the current COVID-19 environment of adjusted social norms, online bidding ensures the best possible marketplace for our buyers and sellers in 2020. Looking beyond 2020, we envision this service being an integral component of all future auctions."

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Keeneland Yearling Sale to startsas scheduled Sept. 14

LEXINGTON, Ky.--Keeneland’s 2020 September Yearling Sale will begin as planned Monday, Sept. 14, in an article in the Thoroughbred Daily News.

Keeneland September scenic Sales Ring Photo WEB credit Keeneland“This auction is vital not only to Keeneland, but to the entire Thoroughbred industry and the Central Kentucky community at large,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “The Keeneland sales team is moving forward full steam with plans for the September Sale. Like every aspect of life right now, there are unknowns and we do not have all the answers yet. However, one thing is certain: We are committed to work in partnership with our consignors and buyers to provide the same world-class marketplace for which Keeneland is known.”

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Fasig-Tipton reschedules 2-year-old Maryland sale, OBS sales also rescheduled

The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds-in-Training Sale, originally scheduled in May, will now be held on Monday and Tuesday, June 29-30, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md.

Fasig Tipton Midlantic scenic inspection FTMscenics5 19FTKPBZM8489 FTMMAY19 WEB Fasig Tipton2019 Fasig Tipton Midlantic scenic inspection The sale’s under-tack show will be held on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, June 24-26.

“The latest data on the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with social-distancing recommendations and stay-at-home orders, has necessitated the change of dates,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “Fortunately, we had already planned on having an auction in Maryland in late June, so moving the May auction to these June dates made sense for all participants.”

These June sale dates will supersede the previous dates announced for a second Midlantic Two-Year-Old auction.

That auction will be replaced with this rescheduled auction.

Fasig-Tipton said they would consider holding an additional two-year-old auction at a later date, should there be sufficient demand and need.

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Breeders can stand up to Gov. Wolf at Shippensburg University

Racig generic 3Governor Wolf will be speaking at Shippensburg University on Monday, March 9.

If you are a breeder, a hay or feed salesman, a tack shop owner, a veterinarian, a farrier or anyone else that profits from the horse industry in the area, the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association encourages you to attend.

Media outlets will be at the event, and having people from the industry there to counter his misinformation is imperative.

Gov. Wolf is illegally trying to raid Horsemen's Funds which were put into a trust just so that that couldn't happen.

If Gov. Wolf succedes, it could kill horse racing in Pennsylvania, which would not only wipe our breeding farms throughout the state but would also hurt thousands who profit from sales to the horse industry.

It's a great way to let your voice be heard and your story told to the local news.

The Governor will be speaking at 10 a.m. on March 9 at Shippensburg University, Stewart Hall, 11871 Old Main Dr., Shippensburg, Pa.

Breeding programs in Pennsylvania and Maryland are rewarding breeders with higher sales prices

TIMONIUM, Md--The Fasig-Tipton Midlanic Yearling Sale, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, concluded with an increase of 12 percent for the average price, which rose to $24,253 from $21,653 last year.

hip237 lydiawilliamsThe sales topper, hip 237 Eleven yearlings by 11 different sires sold for six figures or more, and the sale topper was Hip 237, a colt from the second crop of Freshman Sire Honor Code, which sold for $190,000.

 "It was a really good sale," said Marshall Silverman of New Freedom, Pa., who, as agent, was one of the largest consignors at the sale. "It was stronger the first day, but it drew a pretty good crowd."

One of the yearlings that he sold was a half-bother to stakes winner Call Paul, bred by Beezie Paterston and Vicky Schowe, that brought $55,000.

"He's a nice horse," said Silverman of the colt, hip number 22 by Bullsbay out of Avani Force. "He's a good mover."

"It's the same old market," said Silveman, referring to the fact that the horses with the best combination of pedigree and conformation brought the highest prices. "It's not that the other horses are bad horses. A lot of those lesser priced horses are still going to be good race horses."

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17 Pa-breds sell at Keeneland Yearling Sale that saw record $8..2 million for a filly

LEXINGTON, Ky.--The marathon Keeneland Yearling Sale Sept. 9-22 saw a record price of $8.2 million for an American Pharoah filly and an average price of $126,096,

Keeneland Hip 498Keeneland Hip 498, an American Pharoah filly out of Leslie's Lady, set a record price at $8.2 millionOf the 24 Pa-bred yearlings that went through the ring, 12 in the first 10 sessions sold for an average of $71,333.

The sale was divided into 13 sessions, arranged in six books, starting with the top yearlings in book one and dropping down with each successive book.

Seven Pa-breds did not reach their reserve, and the total average price for the 17 sold was $54,000.

The get of Union Rags sold well, with a bay filly by Union Rags who is a half-sister to graded stakes winner Point of Honor, by Curlin, getting the action started early on day two of Book 1, selling for an even $1 million to Godolphin.

Three other Union Rags yearlings sold for $750,000, $725,000 and $250,000.

A filly by Triple Crown winner and leading freshman sire American Pharoah and out of Broodmare of the Year Leslie's Lady sold for $8.2 million, surpassing the $4.4 million Shadwell paid for Moon's Whisper in 2000 as the highest price for a yearling filly at Keeneland.

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Saratoga Selected Yearling Sale broke the record for average and median prices

SARATOGA, N.Y.--The Fasig-Tipton Selected yearling Sale Aug. 5,6 set new records for average and median prices of $411,459 and $350,000 with a small group of just three Pa-breds excelling to sell for a beating-the-average price of $466.33.

Hip13 MedagliadOro GoodbyeStranger PMHip 13 by Medaglia d'Oro out of  Goodbye Stranger (Photo by Patricia McQueen)The Saratoga sale just keeps going up, with this year's average price rising 11.4 percent over last year's record average of $369,376.

Fasig-Tipton President and CEO Boyd Browning, Jr. summed it up. "Quality sells."

For the East coast representatives, a Pa-bred Medaglia d'Oro filly out of Goodbye Stranger, by Broad Brush, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, sold for $450,000 to Mike Ryan, Agent.

A second Pa-bred, a filly by Hard Spun out of Wembley, by Bernadini, consigned by South Point Sales Agency, was bought by Coffee Pot Stables for $360,000 and the third, a filly by Distorted Humor out of Amber Grace, by Elusive Quality, consigned by Warrendale Sales, Agent, sold for $180,000 to Quarter Pole Enterprises.

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Ricky and Wendy Hendriks buy three at Fasig-Tipton sale

LEXINGTON, Ky.-- Ricky and Wendy Hendriks of Unionville and Kennett Square, Pa. between them bought three horses at Fasig-Tipton's July Selected Horses of Racing Age on July 8.

Wendy Porter Ricky and McLane HendriksWendy Hendriks, left, with Ricky's son Porter, Ricky Hendriks and his son McLaneWendy bought  hip number 557, Supervillain, a 3-year-old by Super Saver out of an Empire Maker mare, bred by D.D. Matz, for $24,000.

Supervillain has started four times, finishing sixth twice and eighth twice, after starting slowly in his races.

"We've had great luck buying horses that broke slowly and then making them into jumpers," said Wendy Hendriks. "I saw Supervillain and loved the way he moved."

"He may run on the flat a couple of times, but the plan is to make him a jumper," said Hendriks.

Wendy and Ricky, in partnership with Ken Kachel, bought hip number 585, Trace, a 4-year-old mare by Ghostzapper out  of an Arch mare, for $57,000.

Trace has started 13 times with one win, one second, three thirds and four fourths, having run in allowance races since breaking her maiden in a maiden special weight race at Ellis Park last year in her fourth start.

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Patti Miller bought two Pa-breds at Fasig-Tipton 2 y.o Timonium sale

TIMONIUM, Md.--The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale at Timonium on May 20, 21, records were set, including a new sale record of $1.8 million.

Fasig Timonium 2019$1.8 million Into Mischief fillyTwelve Pa-breds sold for an average of $37,500, and Patti Miller for EQB bought the two highest priced Pa-breds.

"I bought a couple of very nice Pa-breds," said Miller.

Hip number 118, Our Dixie Blue, a bay filly by Wiegelia out of Dixiewood, by Dixie Union consigned by Grassroots Training & Sales LLC, was bought by Miller for $120,000.

"My client is partial to Dixie Unions," said Miller. "She is a very, very nice horse. Wiegelia is not the most fashionable sire, but I liked this one. The trainer in New York though she was a lovely filly."

Miller bought hip number 536, a bay filly by Shakleford out of Thicket, by Successful Appeal, consigned by Q Bar J Thoroughbreds LLC, agent, for $55,000.

"Successful Appeal was the first horse I bought when I first started as an agent," said Miller. "I've always though he was very underrated. This filly is a little flat in the knees. She's going to a partnership of guys, and she's going to be trained by Steve Klesaris at Parx."

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