Stemmans Inc. has cataloged 154 horses for the John Franks Memorial sale of 2-year-olds in training. The auction will be held March 21 at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino in Louisiana and will begin at 10 a.m. (CDT), two hours earlier than last year’s sale.
The auction also has a different location, the new Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino Event Center, which is located adjacent to the sale’s prior site, the track’s paddock.
An under tack show is scheduled for March 20. It will start at noon (CDT).
“Despite the current economy, we are cautiously optimistic about this year’s sale,” said Stemmans’ president, Charlotte Stemmans Clavier. “While the majority of our catalog showcases our top locally based sires such as Leestown and Storm Day, who each are represented by six offspring, we have 2-year-olds by no less than 97 sires, including progeny by popular and successful sires such as Touch Gold , Gilded Time, Valid Expectations, Sky Mesa , Songandaprayer , and Candy Ride . We also have the offspring of promising young sires, including Ghostzapper , Roman Ruler , Bandini, Value Plus, Lion Tamer , Mass Media, Leroidesanimaux, Congrats , Powerscourt, and Soto.
“I truly believe this year’s sale has something for everyone,” Clavier continued. “With the racino-infused purses and with the turf course now in place at Evangeline Downs, the consignors have responded with an overall upgrade in quality as well as the introduction of some serious turf-oriented stallions and broodmare families, which in my opinion will give the horsemen more options as they look to restock and retool their stables in preparation for the upcoming spring/summer meet at Evangeline Downs.”