Cot Campbell, owner of Dogwood Stable who campaigned 2013 Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice, once described the American Thoroughbred auction to me as “the most exciting exchange in the history of American commerce.” Monday marks an exciting time in the Bluegrass, as buyers and sellers from all over the country will gather at Fasig-Tipton Co. for the first yearling auction of 2013 hosted at their headquarters in Lexington, KY.
258 yearlings have been cataloged for sale on Monday, and also 90 additional “horses of racing age” will be offered for the first time on the same day as the July yearling sale. Among those horses of racing age is Starship Truffles, who just captured the Princess Rooney Handicap on July 6 at Calder Race Course.
“We’re thrilled to have a Grade 1 winner like Starship Truffles in the inaugural edition of this sale,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “It’s not too often that buyers have the opportunity to purchase a female sprint division leader, in her prime, with the big summer and fall races ahead of her.”
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While there is plenty of excitement going on within the auction ring, there is also a social side to the sales that is not often as noted. In addition to the beautiful scenery at the Fasig-Tipton sales grounds, there is great food provided in the inside walking ring and upstairs in the pavilion by DaRae and Friends Catering… I recommend the Chicken Salad sandwich upstairs…
There is also a dining room located adjacent to the inside walking ring which offers a full-course lunch buffet for under $20/person. Finally there are two bars – one upstairs of the pavilion and one next to the snack bar in the walking ring where thirsty horsemen gather for a beer or cocktail after the day of selling is done. So if you’re in Lexington I hope you get a chance to stop by at some point on Monday… Grab a beer and see first-hand what Thoroughbred sales are all about.