The Fasig-Tipton November sale, which is known for its prominent cast of selected entries, will again feature several standouts, including this year's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) winner Zagora. The single-session auction will be held Monday, Nov. 5, in Lexington beginning at 5 p.m.
Last year, the auction enjoyed a tidal wave-like surge in business with the gross revenue rising 17% from 2010 even though the number of lots sold declined 11.2%. The average price increased 31.8% while the median price advanced 53.8%.
Boyd Browning, president of Fasig-Tipton is hoping for an equally strong auction this year as the economy continues to regain momentum.
"We're optimistic, but realistic," Browning said. "I don't expect to see a dramatic change in the overall marketplace. We hope for a gradual improvement like we've seen in the other sale segments...to continue building on the strength of a solid foundation. There's certainly an opportunity for some fireworks if the right buyers hook up on a couple of our most special offerings. Pre-sale interest has been very good both domestically and internationally, so we're very optimistic."
This year's catalog features 27 grade I winners or grade I producers, including reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace and 2011 champion female sprinter Musical Romance; plus Arch's Gal Edith and Untouched Talent—the dams of I'll Have Another and Bodemeister , who ran first and second, respectively, in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Other catalog entrants sure to garner attention in light of the Nov. 2-3 Breeders' Cup World Championships include Bella Dorato, the dam of Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Trinniberg; Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) runner up Dust and Diamonds; Ponche de Leona (in foal to Tapit ), the dam of Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) runner up Mucho Macho Man; Courting Elaine, a half sister to Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Wise Dan; and Versailles Song, a half sister to Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) winner George Vancouver.
"The Breeders' Cup provides a great opportunity for significant updates and provides a great source of energy and excitement for the sport in general," said Browning. "It's fun to have a sale that occurs immediately after (the Breeders' Cup). It's one of the signature events of our industry so people generally feel very positive coming out of that...the greatest horses in the world competing against each other creates a real interest and enthusiasm and reminds everyone of why they're in the business."
The catalog for the November sale may be viewed online at www.fasigtipton.com, and is also available via the Equineline Sales Catalogue App. Print catalogs are available at all Fasig-Tipton offices.