When Lane's End scratched all six of its horses catalogued for Tuesday's final session of the Keeneland select yearling sale, it created a bit of an uproar. But Bill Farish said Wednesday that he was just taking care of business like any other consignor and was surprised that the move had received so much attention from media covering the auction.
"Three were scratched for various reasons well in advance of the sale," Farish said. "Two had little nicks and cuts, and the other wasn't going to be in prime sales condition. It had nothing to do with what happened at the sale Monday. The other three that were scratched late had no vetting and no 're-look' activity. With so many outs last night, it's clear that we weren't alone in our thinking (to scratch).
"There is still a tremendous market at Keeneland in July for the super select horse," he added. "But based on the number of outs and RNAs, it's very tough for everything else. Certainly, after Monday, people were in a panic mode, but Tuesday settled things down a bit."
A perennial leading consignor in July, Lane's End abandoned the auction for two years and focused its marketing efforts on the Keeneland September sale. Lane's End's return this year was highlighted by two seven-figure horses on opening night, the only two of the session.
Lane's End might not have a consignment in every future July auction, but Farish has no plans to skip next year's sale just because of the 2001 results.
"As we've said before, we'll take a look at it on a year-to-year basis," Farish said. "If the horses make sense (for July), we'll go in that direction. There is always an ebb and flow in any sales operation."