Willy Beamin in the 2012 King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I).

Willy Beamin in the 2012 King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I).

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F-T Kentucky Fall Sale Has 1,254 Yearlings

The auction is scheduled for Oct. 22-24 in Kentucky.

Fasig-Tipton has cataloged a record 1,254 for its Kentucky fall yearling sale, which will be held Oct. 22-24 in Lexington. The number is up 24.5% from last year’s total of 1,007.

The cover horse for this year's catalog is Willy Beamin, a 2010  graduate of the auction and the winner of the 2012 King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I).

"The October sale has established itself as a major fall event in the Thoroughbred world, attracting buyers from the U.S. and Canada, as well as Europe, Asia, and South America," said Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning. "The sale offers a wide and ever-improving variety of pedigrees, physical qualities, and values. But one thing it has consistently shown, with two Kentucky Derby (Presented By Yum! Brands, gr. I) winning graduates in the last five years, is good value and horses that can take you to the best winner's circles anywhere in the world."

In 2011, the auction’s gross revenue increased 81.4% from the previous year to $17,046,800. Its average price rose 76.3% to $24,010, and the median grew 140% to $12,000. The buyback rate was 19.8%.

"It's a sale that is gaining popularity with consignors and buyers alike," Browning said. "It's an up-and-coming sale, and we probably have more sire power in this year's catalog than we've ever had."

The catalog can be viewed online at Fasig-Tipton’s website (www.fasigtipton.com). Print versions will be available at all Fasig-Tipton offices around Oct. 5.