Enhanced Catalog Released for Fasig-Tipton November Sale

The Fasig-Tipton November mixed sale is coming up and they have cataloged 160 horses up for auction. The sale will take place on November 7 at the Newton Paddocks. It’s a one-evening event sale that will start at 5 PM local time.

Hip 22 sold for $450,000 at the Fasig-Tipton horse sales on Monday evening.Photo Erica Miller 8/8/11 spt_FasigSales3_Tues
Hip 22 sold for $450,000 at the Fasig-Tipton horse sales on Monday evening.Photo Erica Miller 8/8/11 spt_FasigSales3_Tues

“Our goal each year for the November Sale is to assemble a catalog of outstanding quality that will appeal to buyers from around the globe,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “This year’s catalog hits that ‘mark’ from start to finish.”

Some of the high-profile mares and broodmare prospects include Love the Chase (a dam from California Chrome), as well as offerings from grade I winners Curlina, Wavell Avenue Cathryn Sophia, Stopchargingmaria, and Dacita.

“The evening will begin with 50 selected weanlings, and then transition into a superb collection of racing stars and elite broodmares,” said Browning. “In total, this year’s catalog features 57 graded stakes winners or producers, 24 of which are grade I. A remarkable 83% of the racing/broodmare prospects and broodmares on offer are black-type earners or producers.”

If you would like to view the catalogue online, Fasig-Tipton has created an Enhanced Catalog that’s been updated for the 2016 sale. It’s viewable on desktop computers and mobile devices. The enhanced catalog also features past performances, race replays, stats, photos, and more. New for this year’s catalog is Alan Porter pedigree analysis.

Print catalogues are also available at all Fasig-Tipton offices starting October 14 and The Jockey Club’s Equineline Catalog app offers it as well.

Donegal Moon No-Sale Adds Intrigue to Fasig-Tipton

The latter stages of the July selected horses of racing Fasig-Tipton sale yesterday had a bit of intrigue to the proceedings during an apparent sale of Donegal Moon for the sum of $1.6 million. The high bid added an air of excitement to the auction but it wasn’t meant to be, as Donegal Racing’s Jerry Crawford informed the audience that the bid did not meet the seller’s expectations.

The son of Malibu Moon, Donegal Moon was cosigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, and was a supplemental entry in the auction. He recently won the Betfair.com Pegasus Stakes (gr. I), which is a prep race for the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) on July 31st. The Pegasus win improved his record to 3-1-1 (in 11 starts) and he has earned $199,252 in his career under the training of Todd Pletcher.

“There weren’t enough of those types of buyers here,” said Duncan Taylor in reference to saying the $1.6 million bid for Donegal Moon feel short of expectations. “He’s a good horse and I think he’s worth that.”

There’s a possibility the colt could trade hands as part of a private transaction, which is an option that wasn’t ruled out by Crawford.

“If we don’t sell him, we’re going to have the 5-2 favorite in the West Virginia Derby (gr. II) and say ‘Come and catch us.’ There are worst things than that,” said Crawford.

In the end, 72 horses were sold for a gross of $5,048,500, with 19 horses going unsold. The average sales price was $70,118 and the median price was $42,000. Last year saw 65 horses sold for an average of $61,477 and a gross of $3,996,000, with a $48,000 median.

“It was a pretty similar marketplace to what we have seen in recent years,” said Fasig-Tipton President/CEO Boyd Browning. “I thought it was pretty competitive bidding on most of the lots. There was plenty of activity and interest for the most part on the vast majority of racehorses.”

Fasig-Tipton July Schedule Tweaked

Due to an increase of horses cataloged, the July 12 selected yearling sale has been moved by Fasig-Tipton from July 12 to 10 AM EST on July 11.

“The continued growth of the July yearling catalog, coupled with the popularity of the July selected horses of racing age sale has prompted the schedule change,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “We’ll offer a quality group of horses of racing age on Monday evening as our opening act, and then the July selected yearling sale will take center stage the following morning.”

The 2015 yearling sale produced the largest median and average sale since 2007, which in turn led to an increased catalog for a third straight year.

“This year’s catalog is up in numbers, but just as importantly, boasts increased quality—including yearlings by current top-ranked sires Tapit, Uncle Mo, Curlin, Congrats, City Zip, and Malibu Moon,” said Browing.

The July sale counts grade I winners Birdatthewire, Dortmund, Noble Bird, and Street Fancy among its most recent graduates. It will be the first yearling sale of the summer and it is expected to be one of the highest ranked sales in North American by percentage of grade I winners, stakes winners from horses sold, and graded stakes winners.

You can view the catalogue online or through their Equineline app right now. Printed versions will be available by June 14. Horses of racing age sale nominations will be acceded through the end of June.

$600,000 Colt Sold at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale

During the early stages yesterday at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic two-year-olds training sale a Medaglia d’oro colt was sold for $600,000 to Mike Recio. The winning ticket was signed by Recio on behalf of Rockbridge Bloodstock/Brett Santangelo.

The $600,000 price tag proved to be the largest of the early part of the auction sale that is scheduled to last two days and is being held at Timonium, Md. Two Tapit colts earlier in the day went unsold, with Hip 5 bought back for $375,000 and Hip 12 not selling on what was a final bid of $700,000.

The $600,000 purchase Recio made was consigned as Hip 21 by Cary Frommer. The colt comes from the Lemon Drop Kid mare Kid Majic, who is a dam of Miss Mischief.

“He is a big two-turn horse who makes you dream about the classics,” said Recio. “He should get better as he gets older. He is still maturing.”

“The owner did the right thing. He is a mid-May foal and had some issues that needed maturing and he waited for this sale rather than pressuring me to go to an earlier sale,” said Frommer. “He’s a lovely horse and we will be reading about him.”

The Colt, bred in Kentucky by Allen Poindexter, was originally bough back at the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale for $190,000.

Old Friends Receives $50,000 From Fasig-Tipton

Old Friends President Michael Blowen was appreciative of the support provided by Fasig-Tipton’s Blue Horse Charities, who donated $50,000 that will be used to rebuild a hospital barn at the retirement farm in Georgetown, Kentucky.

A fire destroyed the hospital barn on January 24th that’s home to 150 retired Thoroughbreds. The rebuilt structure will be given the moniker of the “John Hettinger Memorial Barn.”

“Blue Horse Charities was conceived and created by John Hettinger during the time of his family’s ownership of the company,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “We are delighted that Old Friends will name the new barn in John’s honor.”

“John Hettinger’s commitment to caring for Thoroughbreds in retirement was unparalleled,” continued Blowen. “I remember many years ago sitting on John’s porch in Saratoga discussing what we needed to do to protect these retired racehorses. I think he would have loved Old Friends as much as we love him. Blue Horse’s $50,000 donation is like hitting the Pick 6 without even buying a ticket!”

In addition to using the $50,000 donation to rebuild a newer and fire-safe hospital barn, portions of the proceeds will be earmarked to updating and renovating the main barn on the farm’s property and ensuring that is is fire-proof as well.

Some of the more noteworthy and familiar retired Thoroughbreds that call Old Friends home includes Silver Charm, Game On Dude, Sarava, War Emblem, and Alphabet Soup.