(Edited Fasig-Tipton press release)
Fasig-Tipton and the New York Racing Association (NYRA) are teaming to award a $100,000 “Juvenile Jackpot” to the first graduate of the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale that wins a graded stakes during the 2010 Saratoga meeting in New York. Should no juvenile qualify for the prize in 2010, the award will double to $200,000 for Fasig-Tipton yearlings purchased that year that run at Saratoga in 2011.
“The ‘Juvenile Jackpot’ rewards owners with Fasig-Tipton select Saratoga sale grads for success at the premier race meet in the world,” said Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning. “The program represents another innovative collaboration between NYRA and Fasig-Tipton to showcase the quality of yearlings that pass through the Saratoga sales ring.”
Earlier this year, NYRA and Fasig-Tipton announced the inaugural Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing on Aug. 8 and 9. The festival features a variety of special events, including a celebrity race call, best-turned-out horse and human contests, and a free speaker series for fans. Races scheduled to be run during the festival include the Whitney Handicap (gr. I) and the Test Stakes (gr. I). There also will be two new overnight stakes; on Aug. 8, the John Hettinger Stakes will be run on the main track while on Aug. 9, the Finney Stakes will be run on the turf and will be called by celebrity chef and horse owner, Bobby Flay.
The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale will be held the evenings of Aug. 10 and 11.