By Shelby O'Neil
Fasig-Tipton Texas will conduct the largest single day of selling in its history Aug. 30, when 425 horses are scheduled to go through the auction ring.
There are 372 head cataloged for the summer yearling sale, which will begin at 10 a.m. (CDT) at the Fasig-Tipton Texas Sales Pavilion, which is located on the grounds of Lone Star Park. That auction will be followed by phase 3 of the Heiligbrodt Racing Stable dispersal, which has 53 horses of racing age.
As in recent years, Louisiana-breds dominate the yearling catalog, with 214 prospects from the Bayou State. There also are 52 Oklahoma-breds and 49 Texas-breds. The catalog has a number of yearlings by first-year sires, including Brother Derek , Red Giant, Tiz Wonderful , Midnight Lute , and Private Vow.
“If you plan to race in the Southwest, you need to be at this sale,” said Tim Boyce, director of sales for Fasig-Tipton Texas. “The sale being on Tuesday gives buyers an extra day to look. Our consigners see the Heiligbrodt horses of racing age as a new dimension to the day, which they hope will encourage some new faces on the sales grounds.”
The first phase of the Heiligbrodt dispersal was held immediately following the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling and generated an average price of $40,404 and a median price of $29,000 for the 73 horses that were sold.
Among the sires represented in phase 3’s catalog are Bwana Charlie, Closing Argument , Officer, and Tiznow . Houston, Texas-based Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt have been perennially among the leading owners in the Lone Star State and their horses have been prominent nationally.