Fasig-Tipton will consolidate its July, Saratoga, and New York Bred yearling sales into one selected yearling auction – the 2020 Selected Yearlings Showcase – to be held on Wednesday and Thursday, September 9-10, at its Lexington, Kentucky facility. The company came to the decision after evaluating the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic for the last several weeks.
“We are excited to offer our buyers and sellers a selected yearling venue in Kentucky,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “We envision this catalogue will include yearlings that would traditionally fit our Saratoga Sale, as well as those that would fall in the upper echelons of our July and New York Bred yearling sales.”
The July, Saratoga, and NY Bred Selected Yearling Sales will return to their traditional dates in 2021. The company intends to conduct the remainder of its 2020 auction calendar as scheduled, including its upcoming Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale on June 29-30 in Timonium, Maryland.
Fasig-Tipton will also offer a group of selected New York Bred yearlings as part of the Saratoga Fall Mixed Sale, to be held on October 20 in Saratoga Springs, New York.
“2020 has been a difficult year so far, and we are all being forced to make decisions that we never envisioned having to make,” said Browning. “We waited as long as possible to come to these determinations, conducting our due diligence to ensure that we make informed decisions that are in the best interests of our buyers and sellers.”
“The two-year-old sales season needs to conclude before yearling sales begin – which makes a traditional July Sale unfeasible,” elaborated Browning. “Our two Saratoga auctions are tied closely to the race meet. We desperately want to see a traditional Saratoga race meet as much as anyone. However, the details for the race meet – including whether spectators will be permitted – are understandably not finalized. We are at a point in time where we must provide our sellers with a definitive schedule so that they can make sales plans for their yearlings.”
Browning continued: “We considered several different dates in August and early September for a Kentucky sale, but the September 9 and 10 dates make the most sense from a variety of perspectives. For the travel convenience of buyers, as well as coordination of potential health and safety protocols, our sale and Keeneland September are best served to be positioned closer together. Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland have been in steady contact with one another and are working together in a cooperative effort to do what’s best for our industry during these challenging times.”
“Keeneland is committed to do everything possible to help our industry navigate these extraordinary times,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “These past few weeks, we have had many conversations with Fasig-Tipton about constructive efforts to benefit the industry, including scheduling of sales and consistent safety protocols. We will continue to work together on policies and measures to keep participants safe and provide assurances to our customers as we move forward.”
All yearlings catalogued in the Selected Yearlings Showcase will be approved on pedigree and physical conformation by Fasig-Tipton’s selection team over the next several weeks, ahead of the sale’s June 15 entry deadline.
Nominations for the Selected Yearlings Showcase are now open at fasigtipton.com. Yearlings already nominated to Fasig-Tipton’s July, Saratoga, and NY Bred Yearlings Sale do not need to re-nominate. There is no fee to nominate.
To learn more about Fasig-Tipton’s 2020 Selected Yearlings Showcase sale, please visit fasigshowcase.com.
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Photo: One of the colts sired by Curlin, a two-time Horse of the Year winner, that topped $1.5 million at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale. (Fasig-Tipton Photo)