Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 500 horses for its Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training, which will be held May 18-19 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md., immediately following Preakness Stakes (gr. I) weekend at Pimlico in nearby Baltimore. The number of offerings is down 23.1% from last year’s total of 650, and that is by design, according to Fasig-Tipton’s director of marketing, Terence Collier.
In the past, Fasig-Tipton has erected tents and put up temporary stalls when the number of horses entered in the auction has exceeded Timonium’s stabling capacity. This year, however, there will be no tents.
“It’s very difficult to put up tents at Timonium, and when the number of horses reached a level that we could not safely accommodate, we cut it off,” Collier said. “It (having tents) is not the ideal situation for consignors or the horses. Tents work for more sedentary horses like broodmares and foals, but 2-year-olds in training are tougher to deal with in that situation.”
Fasig-Tipton officials plan to improve the buyer experience at Timonium, Collier said. Upgrades will include a business center and flat screen televisions for viewing workout videos, which will be shot in a high definition format. There also will be a “vastly improved” repository, according to Collier.
The auction will begin each day at 10 a.m. (EDT). The under tack show will be held May 13 and May 14, starting at 10 a.m. each day.