When Hip 1742 goes through the Keeneland November sale ring Nov. 12, Taylor Made Sales Agency won't just be offering a nice mare named Dicey Flats in foal to Verrazano . The agency is also offering the chance to donate to a good cause.
The consignor will donate all proceeds from the Flatter mare's sale to Lexington Catholic High School's tuition assistance program.
"The money is going for tuition assistance, for families who want their kids to get a good catholic education," said Taylor Made's Mark Taylor. "It's been a nice way to kind of put capitalism and philanthropy together to make a bigger impact for a good cause."
Taylor said the idea came together after a local farm auctioned free board for a year at a Lexington Catholic fundraiser. A group got together to put up the costs for a mare and stud fee, while Taylor Made took care of the board before the mare was offered at auction. Taylor said Fasig-Tipton's Boyd Browning selected Dicey Flats, a half sister to stakes-placed producer Bluesbdancing.
"In the last two years, I think we sold one for $45,000 and another for $37,000," Taylor said of mares whose proceeds have gone to the charity in previous years. "The school isn't on the hook for the stud fee, or the purchase price of the mare, or the upkeep. It turns into a significant amount of money for a good cause."