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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:42 am 
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KeeSep had nearly 30 Oxbow's - and THREE brought a price over his $20K stud fee. I did not have any time to get to this sale - just was able to scan results and occasionally watch online at the end of my day. It seemed in keeping with the past - very outstandingly prepped big babies sold well and ordinary looking ones brought nothing.

I'm quite certain there were many bargains to be had - the small ones usually don't do well and they grow up just fine. To me the prices at the top end exhibited a level of sanity not seen before and the middle seemed to look better.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:01 pm 
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Oxbow, Americain, Gemologist, Raison d'Etat, Grey Swallow .... and many Animal Kingdoms. Just not popular commerically


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:05 am 
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and of course the spinmasters are all about the GAINS in this sale over prior ones. My rider bought two by Raison d'Etat, a colt and a filly.. I think $1100 for one and $1300 for the other. Grass horses.

I am stuck right now with two grass fillies. They are so tough to get a Race for! I have trained them to run 5-8 furlongs, one is better at 5 than the mile and the other is better at the mile but they have cashed checks at both ends. One might be able to run on hard packed mud but the other one definitely Grass Only. Getting IN a turf race, getting it to go ON the turf etc. it's brutal. It's one thing to get stuck with a grass horse as in you tried everything and the only thing that works for that horse is turf. It is quite another to knowingly buy or breed one.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:13 pm 
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All weather an option - Erie's a long way tho. Heading into winter, why not just take a few weeks in Fla and get some sunshine and a turf race or two?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:14 pm 
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All weather an option - Erie's a long way tho. Heading into winter, why not just take a few weeks in Fla and get some sunshine and a turf race or two?

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:09 am 
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:D not really options - we have poly at Turfway. Now that Indiana is open into November the great chasm that is the Churchill-Keeneland-Churchill stretch (nowhere to run a less talented type) has shrunk to only about 3 weeks. The challenge is finding any grass races, though. Churchill wrote nearly NOTHING in the September book. The turf was in abysmal shape - overgrown, patchy, weedy from neglect over the summer and they needed to shape it up for Breeder's Cup. I think Keeneland will draw some REALLY tough competition this year with horses coming in to get ready for Breeder's Cup so it is off my list. So there is only the Indiana book. Churchill November has only a very few MSW races on the grass. Nothing at all really below MSW stakes or allowance.

If you someday reach a point where you are paying the bills on a young horse in training that turns out to only be able perform on the grass you will feel my pain.

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