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18 WINTER 2014 K KEENELAND.COM WINTER 2014 COMPILED BY AMY OWENS keeneland news The 2014 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, the world's premier Thoroughbred auction, continued a healthy trend toward market stability and conf dence in the Thoroughbred industry during its 13-day run Sept. 8-21. Gross receipts for 2,819 yearlings sold reached $279,960,500, nearly mirroring the results from last year's 12-day sale. The average price of $99,312 was down slightly from last year while median, the critical indicator of a healthy market, remained the same as last year at $50,000. The world's major foreign and domestic buyers participated in the sale. In addition to the U.S., Europe, and Dubai, buyers from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Japan, Korea, Russia, and Central and South America were active. The 10 leading buyers were fairly equally divided between U.S. and international interests, and included such established buyers as John Ferguson, Gary and Mary West, Coolmore's M.V. Magnier, Shadwell Estate Company Ltd., Jack Wolfe's Starlight Stable, Juddmonte Farms, and Man- dy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm. This year 13 yearlings sold for $1 million or more, and sons of two of the world's most successful stallions each brought the sale-topping price of $2.2 million. The f rst was the War Front half brother to multiple grade I winner Contested, consigned by Claiborne Farm and purchased by M.V. Magnier. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Shadwell Estate Company Ltd. bought the co-top-priced yearling, the Tapit half brother to grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner New Year's Day. He was consigned by Clearsky Farms, agent. Official Logo for 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland Unveiled The Breeders' Cup and Keeneland have unveiled the off cial event logo for the 2015 Breeders' Cup World Champi- onships to be held next year at Keeneland on Oct. 30-31. The Breeders' Cup, which consists of 13 grade I races held over two days with purses and awards totaling $26 million, attracts the top Thoroughbreds from around the globe. The 2015 event will mark the f rst time the World Championships will be held in the heart of the Thoroughbred breeding industry and where the idea of the Breeders' Cup was conceived. The 2015 Breeders' Cup will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group, climaxing with the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, which will be broad- cast live on NBC on Oct. 31. The logo incorporates iconic images of Keeneland, begin- ning with the stately green gate posts that welcome guests at the main entrances to the historic race track and f ank the purple Breeders' Cup signa- ture logo in the center of the mark. FALL MEET HAS HIGH MARKS Highlights of Keeneland's 17-day fall meet included the new dirt racing surface on the main track, Wise Dan's victory in the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), the appearance of 38 Breeders' Cup-bound horses that raced or trained at the track, and the total of 251,574 fans who made up the third-highest fall season atten- dance in Keeneland history. The innovative dirt surface, installed this summer, performed exceptionally well despite October's inclement weather. "The new drainage system was tested from the outset of the meet, but we are very pleased with its ability to handle all the rain," Keeneland vice president of racing Rogers Beasley said. "The track played very fair throughout the season, and winners were balanced between speed-favoring and come-from-behind horses, favorites, and long- shots." The meet's leading horse- men were owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who won nine races to earn their 14th leading owner title and tie with T.A. Grissom for most overall titles won by an owner at Keeneland; train- ers Todd Pletcher and H. Graham Motion, who each won eight races; and jockey Rosie Napravnik, who won 16 races. SEPTEMBER SALE EMPHASIZES MARKET STABILITY Sons of Tapit, left, and War Front co-topped the sale at $2.2 million each. KEENELAND/PHOTOS BY Z PHOTOS KEENELAND/PHOTOS BY Z Don't Tell Sophia was Breeders' Cup- bound after her Juddmonte Spinster victory.

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