Galileo (IRE) is a world-wide breeding sensation: his sons and daughters are burning up the track over seas, with many carrying their success into the breeding world. Europe is almost plagued with Galileo offspring, as his popularity has been spurred forward by his seemingly superior genetics, and some breeders are finding it hard to breed their mares without traveling elsewhere to get the outcrosses they need. Luckily (or unfortunately), America doesn’t have such an issue with Galileo offspring. His influence has widely gone unnoticed here, and it is only just now that American farms are beginning to purchase interests in his sons as stallions. Frankel (GB) stayed in Europe, but his brother Noble Mission (GB) came to Lane’s End to stand his career.
The first crop yearling sires may be drawing attention this year, but Tapit seems dead-set on reminding everyone why he has been America’s leading sire for the last three years. We are four sessions into the September sale of yearlings and he has had 13 yearlings sell for upwards of $500,000, three horses that did not reach their reserve that brought a final bid of over $500,000 and not one horse that went through the ring today (sold or RNA) went for less than $275,000.
Any auction can be an overwhelming experience to someone who isn’t a frequent visitor to the sales ring.
An auction on the scale of the Keeneland September Yearling sale IS overwhelming, even for many a seasoned veteran. So, since the world famous auction is currently in progress on the grounds of this year’s Breeders’ Cup venue, I’ll take some time to explain some of the terminology and traditions that may be as foreign as another language for some people. Hopefully, by the end of the article, you won’t be quite as lost, and you’ll be able to enjoy watching an auction online or in-person without the frustration of not understanding a word of what you’re hearing or seeing.