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Michigan Notebook: January 19, 2011

– The Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association is hosting its annual Stallion Season Auction on Tuesday, Jan. 25. Bidding will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This year’s auction features seasons from some of the best sires Michigan has to offer. Perennial leaders such as Demaloot Demashoot, Elusive Hour, Syncline and the state’s 2010 stallion of the year Equality will have seasons up for bids, along with up-and-comers like Fire Blitz, Comedy Show, Monetary Star and Gainango. The sale also features out-of-state sires from Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Loiusiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

For more information on the auction, and for a constantly updating list of the sires involved, click here.

– The Michigan HBPA board has voted to focus negotiations for the 2011 Thoroughbred meet on Pinnacle Race Course for the time being. From the Michigan HBPA website

The Michigan HBPA board met Tuesday to discuss the 2011 live season, during the meeting the board took a “straw poll” as to what track they preferred to have the 2011 meet. The board moved to prefer Pinnacle and work through the issues until March 1, 2011 and pursue other options at that time, if necessary.

– MTOBA has rolled out a multi-pronged effort to increase its web presence. The organization recently opened up a Facebook fan page and Twitter account to go along with it’s redesigned website. Be sure to include Michigan’s Thoroughbred owners and breeders in your social networking endeavors.

– Voting for the Michigan-Bred Claimer Photo of the Year poll is still open and will remain so through the end of the month. The clubhouse leader is photo #18, titled “Affection”, depicting newly-crowned Horse of the Year Zenyatta and her groom Mario Espinoza in the Churchill Downs shedrow. If you agree with that outcome and want to lock it down, or if you think another photo is more deserving, the cutoff date is sometime during Feb. 1. Don’t get shut out!

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2010 MTOBA Yearling Sale Preview

A full sister to last year's sale topper Noequal will be offered in the Aug. 29 MTOBA Yearling Sale.

The increasingly unsteady condition of Michigan’s racing industry is reflected in the low number of entries in the Aug. 29 Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Yearling Sale.

This year’s sale catalog features 25 yearlings, a ten-horse decrease from the 35 offered after outs in last year’s installment.

The sale will once again be held at the Michigan State University Pavilion’s south barn in East Lansing, Mich.. The first horse will go through the ring at 1 p.m., preceded by the yearling show at 9 a.m..

Though the catalog may be small, the MTOBA Yearling Sale is a historically fertile ground for Michigan stakes winners, and there are plenty of prospects here with the potential to have successful careers on the racetrack.

To view the online catalog for the 2010 MTOBA Yearling Sale, click here.

Behind the jump are some of the yearlings that caught my attention for one reason or another while browsing the catalog. I welcome reader input on who you think will make a splash in the sale as well.

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2009 MTOBA Yearling Sale Preview

Even the greatest champions of the turf started out as freaked out yearlings in a sale ring.

The time has come again for the next crop of Michigan-bred yearlings to take one step closer to the racetrack in Sunday’s Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Yearling Show and Sale . The yearling show will begin at 9 a.m. in the Michigan State University Pavilion’s South Barn and the sale will follow at 1 p.m.

This year’s sale will feature 38 yearlings going through the sale ring, a significant decrease from the 74 offered last year. However, the yearling sale has been a rich source of Michigan stakes winners, including last year’s champion Valley Loot and 2008 stakes winners Clever Idea, Equally Good and Ittybittymeadow. Past results suggest there is plenty of blacktype waiting to happen from this sale.

In preparation for Sunday’s sale, I have compiled a few categories I found to be interesting. I have also singled out three yearlings I predict will command the highest prices of the day. If anyone thinks someone else will command the top dollar, I welcome your reasoning.

DISCLAIMER: Keep in mind I am by no means a bloodstock expert. Not even close. The following post is not a suggestion of who to buy, but simply a series of my observations and predictions regarding the upcoming yearling sale. I have seen none of these horses in person and am going strictly by what I see in the sale catalog and online, along with general vibes I get while looking over the catalog. However, if someone should purchase Michigan’s next millionaire based on something written here, a “thank you” would be nice.

So, without further ado, let’s have a look at a few of the horses that stand out from this year’s sale catalog.

For a full list and details of the horses offered in this year’s sale, view the online catalog here.

This gets pretty long, so I am putting it behind the jump to save space on the front page. Click the link below to keep reading.

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