10/28/2010 3:22PM

WinStar to host breeze show at new training facility


LEXINGTON, Ky. − WinStar Farm will host its own breeze show Tuesday to showcase its Keeneland November racing-age consignment, and it hopes the event will put a positive spotlight on its new training facility.

WinStar, located in Versailles, Ky., recently finished a seven-furlong Polytrack training strip designed to be similar to Keeneland’s five-furlong training track.

The show will start at 9 a.m. at the training center adjacent to WinStar on Pisgah Park. On Monday, WinStar will post set lists for the day at winstarfarm.com. Past performances and previous workout histories will be available on the grounds. The show will open with a one-hour gallop session, followed by breezes, which are expected to take place until about 11:30 a.m. Any remaining horses to gallop will take to the track after the breeze show.

WinStar will provide coffee and a light breakfast.WinStar will video all gallops and works and post them Wednesday afternoon on the farm’s website. Its Keeneland November racing-age consignment consists of 49 horses.

Among them are Advice, a 4-year-old Grade 2 winner; Bluegrass Dreamer, a 2-year-old Bluegrass Cat half-brother to Lucky Story and Dr Fong; Spring Meet, a 3-year-old Storm Cat half-brother to Grade 1 winners Spring at Last and Sharp Lisa; Tabby, a 3-year-old winner by Storm Cat out of multiple Grade 1 winner Affluent; Amaryllis Beach, a 3-year-old Speightstown colt who is a three-quarters brother to Omega Code and a half to Tempest Fugit; Keep Me Informed, a 3-year-old A. P. Indy colt out of Grade 1 winner Awesome Humor; and Lambeau, a gelded 3-year-old half-brother to D’Wildcat.

Market stays consistent, Fasig-Tipton says

Fasig-Tipton’s October yearling sale, which ended Wednesday with mixed results, added more evidence the yearling market is stabilizing.

“It’s consistent with what we’ve seen in recent months and years,” Fasig-Tipton CEO Boyd Browning said. “There’s an emphasis on quality and reasonable demand for quality horses. In fact, there’s good demand. The highs aren’t quite as high, but there’s significant competition for quality offerings.”

The three-day Lexington auction ended with 690 yearlings sold for an aggregate $9,395,300, up 19 percent from last year’s total for 566 horses. Average price fell from last year’s $13,949 to $13,616. But median price fell more noticeably, by 17 percent, from $6,000 last season to $5,000. Buybacks were at 29 percent, up from last year’s figure of 25 percent.

Wednesday’s session-topper, a $130,000 Congrats-White Ruffle colt that Sunset Stables bought from Hill ’n’ Dale, agent, was one of nine horses to bring $100,000 or more at the sale. The sale-topper, sold Tuesday, was a $310,000 Hard Spun filly out of champion Hollywood Wildcat that Lakland Farm purchased out of phase 1 of Irving Cowan’s dispersal. Taylor Made Sales was the consignor.

Tattersalls figures mostly same as 2009

The Tattersalls autumn horses in training market, which ended Thursday in Newmarket, England, remained largely on par with last year.

From a catalog of 1,583 horses − 50 more than last year − the 865 horses sold grossed $29,345,302 for an average price of $33,925 and a median of $15,026. Those figures are approximate and converted from guineas, the local auction currency. Compared year to year in guineas, the gross eased up less than 1 percent, and average climbed 5 percent. But the buyback rate also rose, from 16 percent to 21 percent.

The auction’s top price of $918,225 was for Italian Group 1 winner Hearts of Fire. Qatari owner Hassan Ali abdul Malik purchased the 3-year-old Firebreak colt. Middle Eastern buyers were highly active throughout the sale. Saudi Arabian prince Sultan Mohammed Saud al Kabeer bought the auction’s second highest-priced horse, the Group 2-winning juvenile Formosina, for $534,240, as well as the juvenile Group 3 winner Electric Waves for $333,900. All three horses are likely to point for the Dubai International Racing Carnival in January.

◗ Three Chimneys pedigree and matings advisor Anne Peters has left the Midway, Ky., farm to become a freelance bloodstock consultant and to write about breeding and pedigrees at her blog, pedigreegoddess.com. The farm has hired Kyle Wilson, formerly of Pete Bradley’s Bradley Thoroughbred Brokerage, to fill Peters’s role in stallion season sales. Three Chimneys also will continue to offer matings advice and pedigree research.

◗ BC3 Thoroughbreds, the American pinhooking partnership that expanded several years ago into Australia, has launched a new public racing partnership in Australia called BC3 Racing Club. The syndicate allows members to own a share in a group of 21 racehorses in Australia and Singapore, including 20 unraced juveniles as well as American Crew, an Australian Group 1-placed 3-year-old. The share fee of $7,547 Australian, about $7,300 U.S., also includes the first two years of training and vet fees.