When consignors and buyers reconvene for the 2012 edition of the Fasig-Tipton Texas sale of 2-year-olds in training April 5, which is a Thursday, the day of the week may be different but the depth of quality on offer won’t be. As proof, coming into the sale, one of the most sought-after prospects is a daughter of recent Louisiana import Closing Argument (Hip No. 40 in the auction’s catalog) that was the fastest worker at a quarter mile, with a time of :21 3/5 during the April 2 under tack show show.
For the past decade, the Fasig-Tipton Texas sale, which is held on the grounds of Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, has typically featured a Sunday gallop show followed by a Tuesday auction, but this year, the schedule shifted to Monday and Thursday, respectively, to accommodate sale patrons attending the closing day of the Fair Grounds meet April 1.
“We’re looking at this new schedule and evaluating how it goes this year to see if we continue it,” said Tim Boyce, the director of sales for Fasig-Tipton Texas. “It gave people more time to get here. The extra day in between the gallop show and the sale is unique for us, but not unique anywhere else, so we’re seeing how that works here in the Southwest.”
The decision to make the sale convenient for Louisiana horsemen is no doubt a reflection of the Texas-based sale’s shift toward horses bred in the Pelican State. For the past several years, many of the auction’s top sellers have come from Louisiana. As alternative gaming has also proliferated in Oklahoma and Arkansas, horses from those states also have started to fill out the catalog while the number of Texas-breds declines. Of the original 150 consigned to this year’s sale, 49 juveniles were foaled in Louisiana compared to only 20 prospects from Texas.
“All the regions here with slots are picking up and doing well,” Boyce said. “Oklahoma-breds are catching on, but Louisiana still has a head start on them and will continue to be strong.”
The catalog size remained comparable to 2011’s condensed sale, for which Boyce received positive feedback from buyers.
“People last year told me after the sale that their short lists were just as long as they had been in the past,” he said.
Those buyers will probably be paying close attention to the Into Mischief filly named Moncoumba (Hip No. 35), a Latent Heat colt (Hip No. 114) and a City Place colt (Hip No. 122) who posted the co-fastest times of :10 1/5 while facing a strong headwind in the under tack show.
“People will find very useful horses for this racing region and plenty of horses that will definitely go elsewhere and race well,” Boyce said. “I think we have something for everyone.”
The auction is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. (CDT).