Understanding Thoroughbred Auctions: The Ring

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.

Stallion in Review: Gio Ponti

If you’re looking for an attractive young stallion, you need not look further than Gio Ponti.

A stunning individual, he immediately draws the eye to him. He isn’t blessed with chrome galore nor does he have an unusual color, but that doesn’t impede his ability to capture the attention.  The lack of white is no deterrent for the mind as one cannot help but marvel at this Adonis of the equine world.


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