(Edited Fasig-Tipton press release)
A dispersal of approximately 90 in-foal mares owned by the major mare-leasing operation ClassicStar will be held during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November select mixed sale on Nov. 5 in Lexington.
The horses will be sold with Taylor Made Sales Agency acting as agent. Among them will be grade I winner Hookedonthefeelin, who is the dam of 2006 Humana Distaff Handicap (gr. I) winner Pussycat Doll. She is in foal to Distorted Humor. Others will include Turko's Turn (in foal to Storm Cat), the 2001 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year and dam of 2001 Horse of the Year Point Given, and Ballado's Halo (in foal to Elusive Quality), a stakes-placed full sister to champion Ashado.
"This is one of the finest collections of broodmares in the world today, and they represent the highest quality in terms of race record and production," said Fasig-Tipton president Walt Robertson. "In addition, the broodmares are in foal to many of the top stallions in the world. This will be a spectacular evening, and we are honored that ClassicStar has chosen us to conduct this phase of their dispersal."
According to Fasig-Tipton director of marketing Terence Collier, ClassicStar plans to breed its mares that are not in foal in 2007 and they will be dispersed in the fall of that year.
In February of this year, Internal Revenue Service agents visited ClassicStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., as part of what one federal official called an "ongoing investigation." Earlier, it had been announced that David Plummer, ClassicStar's chief operating officer, and his son, Spencer, were no longer associated with ClassicStar. The Blood-Horse reported at the time that the managing partner of ClassicStar apparently continued to be co-owner Tony Ferguson, an executive in the oil and gas exploration business.