F-T Texas Yearling Sale Moved to Oct. 13

Change in date from Aug. 25 allows auction officials to add mixed sale session.

The Fasig-Tipton Texas Yearling Sale has been moved to Oct. 13 from its originally scheduled date of Aug. 25, to be held at the Texas Thoroughbred Sales Pavilion on the grounds of Lone Star Park near Dallas.

Sponsored by the Texas Thoroughbred Association, the 2014 auction will also include a mixed sale session immediately following the yearling sale.

After multiple consignors and TTA members requested to move the sale to a later time of year, the TTA, Fasig-Tipton, and Lone Star Park worked together to find an optimum place on the calendar. The parties agreed that a mid-October date would help further strengthen the sale.

Fasig-Tipton and the TTA recently received permission for the date change from the Texas Racing Commission, which was necessary because the new date falls during the live American Quarter Horse meet at Lone Star.

"There are several benefits to moving the sale to this new date," said Mary Ruyle, executive director of the TTA, in a statement. "The temperatures should be cooler in early fall, and the later date allows for the addition of a mixed sale session that should attract more buyers and consignors. This has long been the leading yearling auction in the region, and we think these changes will help it grow in the future."

The format change will also fill the void left by the shelving of the separate mixed sale, which was held annually until 2011.

The Fasig-Tipton Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age Sale was held April 1.