Fasig-Tipton to Sponsor Fountain of Youth

North America’s oldest Thoroughbred auction firm once again teams with Gulfstream.

Fasig-Tipton, North America’s oldest Thoroughbred auction firm, will once again sponsor the $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 26, Gulfstream Park announced.

The Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth is a major 3-year-old prep on the road to the March 31 Florida Derby (gr. I) and May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). The race is also a month before the Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale for selected 2-year-olds, which will be held March 26 at Palm Meadows Training Center. The breeze show will be conducted at Palm Meadows on March 23.

The Fasig-Tipton Florida sale attracts top horsemen from around the world. It often generates the highest gross revenue and average price among the major select sales of 2-year-olds in training. More stakes-winning graduates have been sold at the auction than any other currently-operating 2-year-olds in training sale.

“It’s our privilege to work with such a respected and historic industry leader in Fasig-Tipton,” said Gulfstream Park President Timothy Ritvo in statement released Feb. 17. “It’s fitting that a major race in the road to the Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby has a world-class sponsor.”

Boyd Browning, president of Fasig-Tipton, added, “We are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the Fountain of Youth and to hold our sale once again at one of the finest training facilities in the world in Palm Meadows.”

The Fountain of Youth, contested at 1 1/16 miles, has a storied history. Those that have won the Fountain of Youth and the Kentucky Derby include Fasig-Tipton sales graduates Kauai King, Unbridled, and Go For Gin, as well as Spectacular Bid, Thunder Gulch, Tim Tam, Pleasant Colony, Swale, and Iron Liege.