For the second consecutive year, Fasig-Tipton has increased the catalog for its Saratoga select yearling sale. The 2007 edition will see 214 horses sell over two days, Aug. 6-7.
The 214 horses cataloged represent an 18.9% increase from the 180 hips that were catalogued in 2006. In 2005, the sale saw 153 horses catalogued after the boutique sale saw downturns in gross, average, and median price.
Boyd Browning, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Fasig-Tipton, said the increased catalogued is a reflection of the sale's success last year.
"Last year we saw a very good sale and I think people were a little more comfortable sending a little higher-quality horse to Saratoga this year," Browning said. "As a result in that confidence, we are able to offer a few more horses."
In 2006, the sale grossed $42,085,000, to average $323,731. The median was $245,000. The top-priced offering was a $1.6 million daughter of Empire Maker out of Sluice (by Seeking the Gold). Ahmed Zayat's Zayat Stables purchased the filly from the consignment of Craig Bandoroff's Denali Stud, agent for Falls Creek Farm. Diane Snowden bred the filly, now named Mushka, in Kentucky.