Keeneland 2019 April Two-Year-Olds In Training Sale Set For April 9

Keeneland officials announced September 14, 2018, that the 2019 April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale will be held Tuesday, April 9. The Preview Day, which will offer breezes over both the main dirt track and turf course, will be held Monday, April 8.

“Keeneland looks forward to the return of the April Sale, and we anticipate we will see several 2018 September Yearling Sale graduates participating,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said.

“The April Sale affords horsemen several unique advantages,” Elliston said. “One is the opportunity to present a consignment before a number of prominent owners and trainers at Keeneland for opening weekend of the Spring Meet, which begins April 5, and includes the Toyota Blue Grass. Another is the chance to breeze your juvenile over Keeneland’s dirt track and turf course, two of the best racing surfaces in the country.”

Keeneland conducted its April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale from 1993-2014. The sale has been on hiatus since 2015.

The April Sale has a proven record of success, having produced 2017 champions Lady Eli and Roy H in its final edition in 2014. The auction counts six classic winners among its graduates: Belmont (G1) winner Palace Malice; Preakness (G1) winner and champion Lookin At Lucky; Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness winner and champion Big Brown; Kentucky Derby and Belmont winner and champion Thunder Gulch; and Kentucky Oaks (G1) winners Keeper Hill and Gal in a Ruckus. Champion Beautiful Pleasure also is an April sale graduate.

Louisiana Bred Songandaprayer Filly Tops Texas Yearling and Mixed Sale

Hip 83 (Photo courtesy Clear Creek Stud)

A Louisiana-bred filly by Songandaprayer topped the yearling session of Monday’s Texas Summer Yearling and Mixed Sale at Lone Star Park. Held jointly by the Texas Thoroughbred Association and the track, the auction reported 44 of 82 yearlings sold for a total of $414,300. The median jumped 72.2 percent from last year’s mark of $4,500, and the average dropped from $11,556 to $9,415 this year. The buy-back rate this year was 46.3 percent.

Last year the yearling session grossed $681,800 with 59 of 90 sold.

Susan Naylor signed the ticket on the sale-topper with a price of $30,000 on hip 83. The March filly from the consignment of Clear Creek Stud, agent, is out of the stakes-placed Lion Heart mare Those Lion Eyes, whose one foal to race is a winner.

“Obviously we would have liked to see some bigger numbers today, but overall the middle and lower-end of the market seemed fine,” said Tim Boyce, sales director. “We just didn’t have the really exceptional individuals we had last year, so the average was down a bit but it’s encouraging that the median jumped almost 75 percent. It was also good to see the mixed session numbers jump compared to last year.”

In the mixed session this year, 18 of 24 head sold for $93,100 with an average of $5,172 and a median of $2,350. Those numbers compared favorably to last year’s mixed session that grossed $30,000 with 13 of 36 head sold for an average of $2,357 and median of $1,400.

The highest-priced horse in the mixed session was a weanling filly by Too Much Bling who sold for $19,000 to Naylor from the consignment of Benchmark Training Center, agent for the Estate of Ed Few. A good portion of the mixed session was composed of horses from Few, one of the state’s leading breeders and owners who passed away in April.

The Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale is next up on the sale calendar at Lone Star and will be held April 9.

For hip-by-hip results, click here for the yearling results or click here for the mixed results.

Nearly 120 Head Consigned to Texas Summer Yearling and Mixed Sale

The Texas Thoroughbred Association and Lone Star Park have announced a catalogue of 119 head for the upcoming Texas Summer Yearling and Mixed Sale. The auction will be held August 27 at 12 noon at the Texas Thoroughbred Sales Pavilion on the grounds of Lone Star Park.
Other sale events include a pre-sale party on the night of August 26 and a seminar that morning with representatives from The Jockey Club and equineline.com explaining the new digital certificates for foal registration. The seminar will include a demonstration of the new process and a question and answer session, so the TTA encourages all horsemen to attend in order to better understand the upcoming changes.
The catalogue includes 90 yearlings and 29 weanlings and broodmares. Many of the weanlings and broodmares are consigned by the Estate of Ed Few. The noted Texas breeder and owner passed away earlier this year.
“I think the quality of the catalogue has ticked up a notch this year,” said Tim Boyce, sales director. “We had two Texas-breds sell at this auction for $100,000 apiece last year, and that really proved that the market is still vibrant here for horses in Texas and around the region.”
For an online catalog and live video on sale day, go to www.ttasales.com.

EQUINE SALES COMPANY MODIFIES DATES FOR 2019 2-YEAR-OLD SALE

2019 DATE FOR 2YR OLD IN TRAINING SALE MOVED TO
APRIL 2ND!!
Equine Sales Company has announced that its 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale, traditionally held in early May, will instead be held earlier in 2019. The dates have been set for Tuesday, April 2, with the breeze show set for Sunday, March 31, in Opelousas, Louisiana.
“Our Board of Directors and Sales Committee responded to feedback received from our dedicated buyers and consignors and think this will be good fit for everyone,” said Foster Bridewell, Sales Director of Equine Sales Company. “Many 2-year-olds in this region have traditionally been prepared to race opening weekends of Evangeline Downs, Louisiana Downs and Lone Star Park. This shift in date will allow buyers and their trainers to purchase horses that will hopefully be ready to run in the early Summer races.”
Consignment information and deadlines for the 2-year-old sale will be posted in the future at www.equinesalescompany.com

Nearly 220 Head Entered in Equine Sales Company Select Yearling Sale

Contact Foster Bridewell for more info at foster@equinesalesofla.com or 337-678-3024

 

Equine Sales Company has released a catalog of 219 head for its upcoming Consignor Select Yearling Sale. The auction is set for Thursday, September 6, starting at 10 a.m. in Opelousas, Louisiana.

The top four Louisiana stallions by 2018 progeny earnings—Star Guitar, Astrology, Half Ours and Custom for Carlos—are all well-represented in the sale, as are prominent Kentucky sires English Channel, Goldencents, Shackleford and Temple City, among others.

The first-crop sires represented include Palace, Medal Count, Race Day, Tapiture, Wicked Strong, Lea, Secret Circle, Jack Milton, Amira’s Prince and Koh I Noor.

“This year’s catalog is about the same size as the 214 head we had last year, but we’ve seen the quality continue to grow each year, and we have nearly 30 different consignors for this sale so I think we are going to have a strong selection of yearlings,” said Foster Bridewell, sales director. “We’ve also launched an improved website to make it easier for consignors and buyers to access the sale catalog and other sale information.”

The catalog can be viewed online at www.equinesalescompany.com, and live video of the auction will be available on sale day.

 

Keeneland Reinstates April Sale, Tweaks September Format

Keeneland will reinstate its April Sale in 2019, as one of three changes to its sales calendar announced Thursday. The April auction, last held in 2014, will be staged as a one-day sale of 2-year-olds in training, as well as horses of racing age. Dates for the preview and sale will be announced at a later date.

“Keeneland’s April Sale produced a number of champions and Classic winners, including 2017 champions Lady Eli and Roy H in its final edition in 2014,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “Horsemen are very supportive of the sale returning this spring, and we are excited to expand the auction from previous years by offering a limited number of horses of racing age.”

Keeneland also announced the format for its upcoming September Yearling Sale. Book 1 of the auction, which was one session in 2017, will be held Monday through Thursday (Sept. 10-13) this year and will include approximately 1,000 yearlings with sessions beginning at 11 a.m. After a dark day Friday, Book 2 will be held Saturday and Sunday with sessions beginning at 10 a.m. The Book 2 portion of the 2017 sale was three days. Books 3-6 of the September sale will be held the following Monday through Sunday (Sept. 17-23).

Keeneland introduced a bonus structure tied to its one-session Book 1 in 2017. With the longer Book 1 section in 2018, the bonus will not be applicable to graduates of the sale this year.

“Keeneland engages in an ongoing dialog with our clients to collect their feedback and adapt our sales formats to meet the ‘market of the moment,’” Elliston said of the changes. “The market is fluid from year to year, and our primary goal is to create a sales environment that will produce the best results for our sellers and buyers.”

Finally, Keeneland announced it will open its November Breeding Stock Sale with an exclusive Book 1 session to be held Monday, Nov. 5.

“The Breeders’ Cup World Championships are at Churchill Downs the weekend before the November Sale begins, so what better way to continue the excitement than to host a select Book 1 on opening day,” said Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason.

The entire November Sale schedule will be announced later.

Louisiana bred Two-Year-Olds Above Average at OBS

Four of six accredited Louisiana Bred two-year-olds offered sold for a total of $207,000 at the recently concluded OBS June Two-Year-Olds In Training Sale in Ocala, Florida. The average for the Louisiana breds was $51,750 well above the sale average of  $32,934.

The top priced Louisiana Bred was an Into Mischief filly out of Pioneer Gal. The half sister to stakes placed winner Pioneer’s Era tied for fastest under tack time of 10.0 flat. Consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, the filly named Ben’s Miss Chief, was purchased by Carlo Vaccarezza for $130,000. She was bred by Oak Tree Stables LLC.

A chestnut colt by Maclean’s Music out of multiple stakes producing Cinnamon Kisses sold for $62,000. Consigned by Bobby Dodd, agent, he was purchased by Maxis Stable. He was bred by Gulf Haven Farms, LLC.

 

Ask Your Veterinarian: What Heart Scans Can Tell You, And What They Can’t

by | 05.21.2018 | 6:34pm

Secretariat, who was known for having an abnormally large heart

QUESTION: Some buyers at the upper end of the auction market are now including heart scans as part of their pre-sale vetting process. What can these scans tell buyers, and what don’t they tell us?

ANSWER: Heart scans, also known as echocardiograms, are used to create ultrasonographic images of the heart. Echocardiography allows visualization of the entirety of the heart. This includes the cardiac walls and interventricular septum (composed of cardiac muscle), the valves and chambers within the heart, and the large vessels that carry blood to and away from the heart.  Ultrasound facilitates accurate measurement of these cardiac structures and can be performed at different phases of the cardiac cycle (such as systole and diastole). By examining the heart throughout the cardiac cycle, determination of cardiac function indicators can be made. Some of these indicators of cardiac function include stroke volume, cardiac output, fractional shortening, and end-diastolic volume.

Many of us are familiar with racehorses storied to have famously large hearts—Secretariat and Eclipse being two primary examples. It has been theorized that the successes of these two legendary horses can be credited to the size of this organ. And there is reason to conclude that this is the case. The left ventricle is the most muscular cardiac chamber and is responsible for pumping oxygenated blood coming directly from the lungs out through the aorta to be delivered to the rest of the body. In human athletes that are trained for either endurance or strength, there is evidence that thickening (hypertrophy) of the left ventricular wall can occur with training. This structural change can lead to increases in stroke volume and cardiac output, which ultimately enhance a person’s oxygen carrying capacity. Studies have also demonstrated that these structural changes can occur in equine athletes in response to training. Electrocardiography was used in the 1970s to demonstrate that increased cardiac size is related to enhanced athletic performance.

Heart scans have become an important component of the sales process. The veterinarians who perform these scans have measured a large number of equine hearts and have as such amassed a large database of information. This information can be used to make recommendations on both the athletic and breeding potential for a horse. Because much of this data is proprietary information, there is a paucity of recent peer-reviewed literature available on the subject. However, many who have pursued this purchasing strategy have encountered success in using it. It must be emphasized that evaluating the heart in isolation from the rest of the body is really just “one piece of the puzzle”. The athletic potential of a sales horse often includes analysis of other factors, including genetics and musculoskeletal conformation, before a recommendation is made.

The use of echocardiography in horses is not limited to assessing athletic potential. Echocardiography is a critical tool in evaluating a horse’s heart for cardiac pathology. When performed for this reason, a heart scan is typically completed by a cardiologist or internal medicine specialist. The aim of an echocardiographic examination in this scenario is to gather information that will allow for diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Common indications for this type of heart scan include valvular leakage, stretching of the cardiac walls, and congenital defects. While any of these abnormalities can certainly affect athletic potential, they can also interfere with a horse’s longevity and even a horse’s safety to ride due to a potential for collapse. Just as in heart scans performed in a sales setting, the echocardiogram can be used by a specialist as “one piece of the puzzle”. Other diagnostic tools, such as physical examination, electrocardiography, and exercise testing, will aid a veterinarian in tracking progression of disease and formulation of a treatment plan.

Dr. Bill Gilsenan received his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. Following an internship at Colorado State University, he completed a residency in large animal internal medicine at the New Bolton Center—University of Pennsylvania. He became board certified in large animal internal medicine in 2012. He held a faculty position at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine until joining the staff at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital as an internal medicine specialist in 2015.

OBS Changes Dates for June Sale

Sale now scheduled for June 13-15.

 

The Ocala Breeders’ Sales June Sale of 2-year-olds & Horses of Racing Age is now scheduled for three days beginning Wednesday, June 13, and ending on Friday, June 15. There will be four under tack sessions, beginning Thursday, June 7, and running through Sunday, June 10.

The change to the Wednesday start date from the original June 12 start and June 14 final session permits horsemen additional travel time after the Belmont Stakes weekend. Supplemental nominations will be accepted through May 23.

Hips 1-300 will sell on Wednesday, June 13th; Hips 300-601 will be offered on Thursday, June 14th and Hips 602-852 plus supplements will sell on Friday, June 15. All three sessions will begin at 10 a.m. At the under tack show, Hips 1-225 will go to the track on Thursday, June 7, Hips 226-450 will breeze on Friday, June 8, Hips 451-675 work on Saturday, June 9, and 676-852 plus supplements will go on Sunday, June 10. All under tack sessions begin at 7:30 a.m.

The June sale catalog will be available online via the OBS website at obssales.com on or about Tuesday, May 8 and in the mail on May 22.

Current information about OBS sales, consignors and graduates is now also available via social media sites Facebook and Twitter. A link on the homepage directs users to either site.

Sales results will be available on the OBS website, updated hourly during each session of the June sale. In addition, the latest news regarding OBS graduates, sales schedules, nominations, credit requests, travel information and other news relevant to OBS consignors and customers is also available. Email should be addressed to obs@obssales.com.

Equine Sales Company 2-Year-Old Sale Set for May 7

(Opelousas, Louisiana – April 30, 2018) — Equine Sales Company will present its 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale in Opelousas, Louisiana, on Monday, May 7, with a catalog of 73 head that includes several recent supplements. The sale will be held starting at 1 p.m. with the breeze show set for Sunday, May 6, at 10 a.m. Both the breeze show and sale will be broadcast live on the Equine Sales website, www.equinesalesofla.com, and breeze show replays will also be posted.
As always, the auction features offspring of many top Louisiana stallions, including Half Ours, Custom for Carlos and Star Guitar, and leading national sires including Flat Out (the sire of last year’s $110,000 sale-topper), Hard Spun and Shackleford. Also represented in the catalog are a slew of first-crop sires including Can the Man, Fed Biz, Flashback, Guilt Trip, Itsmyluckyday, Sabercat, Shakin’ It Up and Sum of The Parts.
Also on the schedule, the $75,000 Equine Sales Oaks will be held Friday, May 4, followed by the $75,000 Equine Sales Derby on Saturday, May 5, both at Evangeline Downs for graduates of last year’s 2-year-olds in training sale.
“There are top quality runners in both of those stakes that will showcase some of horses who went through the ring last year,” said Foster Bridewell, sales director. “I think this year’s catalog is even stronger, so I’m looking forward to seeing these horses at the breeze show and then at the races down the road.”
The sale catalog is online at www.equinesalesofla.com.