The 2007 edition of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November selected sale is expected to be a star-studded affair with grade I-winning broodmare prospects and grade I producers filling the catalog pages.
"There are a variety of horses that should appeal to a broad, cross-section of buyers," said Boyd Browning, Fasig-Tipton executive vice president and chief executive officer. "It is a select sale and it is targeted to the upper-end buyers, but I believe all buyers will be interested."
The sale features Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner Maryfield and 2006 Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Round Pond. Other grade I winners include Octave, Ermine, Cotton Blossom. Asi Siempre, Cash Included, Irish Smoke, Magnificent Song, Pussycat Doll, Appealing Zophie, Dream Rush, and Indy Five Hundred.
In addition to the top-class mares, the sale will also offer stallion prospects Silver Wagon, Tap Day, and Wild Desert.
"I think this sale is going to be really strong at the top because there are so many good mares," said Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. "I think the top breeders and the top racing organizations are going to look at this sale as a chance to reload for the future."
Taylor Made will consign Octave, Round Pond, Magnificent Song, Cash Included, Leah's Secret, Maryfield, and Ermine, among others.
Said John Hamilton of Three Chimneys Sales: "We have been slammed with lookers. This is the busiest I have seen it in the years that we have been doing this sale. There are so many neat, young stakes-winning fillies right off the track. It is really one tremendous catalog.
Three Chimneys will consign Cotton Blossom. "We have a great little group here," Hamilton said. "We are very optimistic. I think the dollar and its exchange rate is going to have a positive impact on this sale. The international buyers are coming in here and thinking these mares will be a very good value."
Mark Toothacre of Legacy Bloodstock also is expecting big things from both the young mares and the weanlings.
"It is going to be an upbeat sale," he said. "Traffic around the barns has been heavy, and I have had a lot of people tell me they are anxious to see the babies. I look for the babies to be real strong. These nice mares are going to bring a lot of money. Everybody wants the young graded-stakes mares fresh off the racetrack."
Browning said he expects a strong, solid sale based on the catalog, but he isn't ready to estimate whether the 2007 edition will equal or exceed the impressive numbers set last year.
"I really don't pay that much attention to the number of horses and the average price in November because it is not like a yearling sale where it is pretty much comparable from year to year," Browning said. "The composition of the sale could be dramatically different from year to year, so I don't know if the average will be up or if it will be down. We could have a great horse sell and it could be down, or we could have a pretty good sale and it could be up. It just really depends on how you get the horses sold."
At the 2006 sale, Fasig-Tipton recorded near triple-digit gains in gross while soaring past that mark in increase of median price. The sale company reported 170 horses sold for $64,130,000, an average of $377,235. The median was $175,000, with 54 head (24%) failing to meet their reserves. Fourteen horses sold for seven figures.
Compared with the previous year, the gross increased 99.3% from $32,183,000, and the average was up 31.3% from $287,348 in 2005. Compared with figures from 2005, the median increased an amazing 103.5%, while the buy-back rate declined from 31.3%.
The sale was topped last year by Sharp Lisa, who brought a final bid of $3.4 million from BBA Ireland. Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Summerly was purchased for $3.3 million by WinStar Farm.
The 2006 edition included 71 horses offered from the ClassicStar dispersal, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.