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Update 2440: The second day of the Keeneland Sale, and a new sales topper at $3.7 million to the Coolmore team: Son of Unbridled's Song Goes for $3.7 million, excerpt:
"The dam was a great race mare," O'Byrne said. "I liked this fellow very much and I think the cross might be the right key for him to stay. He was a great mover."
The immediate underbidder was Clarence Scharbauer Jr., who was returning to the Keeneland sale for the first time in 11 years.
Update 2439: Keeneland Sales began yesterday and this article notes the numbers are down and how much our market relies on the big two buyers, Coolmore and Sheikh Mohammed's team: Fewer fireworks at Keeneland September as gross, average dip, excerpt:
"The decrease I truly believe is that the two major parties just didn't hook up," said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland's director of sales. "Last year, we saw that when they didn't hook up, [$3.2-million] was the top price and surprise, surprise, surprise, they hooked up and it was [$2.9-million]. Unless it is something that is really important to them, $3-million seems to be a top number. Maybe that's the new world."
Update 2438: Steve Haskin assesses the European challengers for the Breeders' Cup in the wake of their successes at Belmont on saturday. He also notes the progress of Discreet Cat: Steve Haskin's BC Countdown: The Invasion Begins.
Update 2437: This saturday at Presque Isle Downs we have a few good stakes races including the marquee race of the meet, the $400,000 Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes: Shaggy Mane Eyes Rich Presque Isle Downs Masters.
Update 2436: A dark day today at Presque Isle Downs, the track is closed and I have a day off!
Last night's racing was great, and the horse I ran in the third race won (Circular Reasoning). Her trainer, Liz Merryman, was a little more surprised by this win than her win on sunday night. She ran a great race leading from the gate to the wire and just holding on. She took a long time to cool out (she tried very hard) and once I did her up (poultice in front and alcohol behind) I went back to the frontside and had dinner with Liz and Chuck and Beth Lawrence. A very pleasant evening. Graham Motion also had a winner on the night, I think Fair Hill horses are doing very well overall on this Tapeta surface!