Prominent U.S. and Canadian owner-breeder Eugene Melnyk announced June 11 his retirement from the sport of horse racing, with his racing and breeding stock to be dispersed July 14 at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky.
A handsome gray colt by Medaglia d'Oro lit up the Fasig-Tipton auction ring Oct. 23 when he was purchased by Mark Casse for $440,000 on the third and last day of the fall yearling sale.
When Hip 408 went through the sales ring on the second day of the Fasig-Tipton fall yearling sale, it marked the end of an era as the colt is believed to be the final yearling sired by the late Dynaformer sold at auction.
Big Brown, the 2008 champion 3-year-old male and dual classic winner, took a major step up as a stallion at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling sale.
Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt will sell some of their racing and breeding stock July 12 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky auction, the sale company announced June 16.
Henkel Denmark, the landscape architectural firm that designed the renovated grounds at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky, was presented an award Oct. 30 for its work.
Construction is under way on a new office building at Fasig-Tipton's Newtown Paddocks property near Lexington. The structure, which will be located in front of the sale pavilion, will have three levels (two above ground and a basement). A walkway will connect the second above ground level of the office building with the second story of the sale pavilion.
As a snowfall befitting a winter sale began to whiten the ground at the Newtown paddocks in Lexington, the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale concluded Monday, Feb. 11, with solid gains in every category.
Six horses from Joanne Nor's Norfields Farm have been added to the Feb. 11-12 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale in Lexington. The Norfields horses are consigned as hip numbers 504-509.
- By Ron Mitchell
Agent John Ferguson, who did not make any purchases at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky selected mixed sale, emerged as the leading buyer this year with four horses purchased for a total of $15,750,000.
Many buyers were pleased with the prices they paid for yearlings at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky select sale, and some buyers were relieved the downturns weren't worse.
Fasig-Tipton officials are optimistic heading into the company's July select yearling auction, but the declining fortunes of yearling-to-juvenile pinhookers could reduce the demand for young horses.
Fasig-Tipton will unveil its newly renovated sale pavilion during the Kentucky July select yearling auction that begins Monday.
Fasig-Tipton's Kentucky July select yearling sale has a catalog of 582 horses, up 22% from last year's book.
Dancing Band, a 4-year-old daughter of Dixieland Band, brought $250,000 to top Monday's concluding session of the Fasig-Tipton Winter Mixed Sale at the Lexington pavilion.
Fasig-Tipton Kentucky kicked off the 2006 yearling sale season on a strong note Monday as a Forestry colt was purchased by agent John Ferguson for $1.2 million, the first seven-figure offering at the auction in Lexington, Ky., since 1983.
Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Buzzards Bay was purchased by Gary and Wendy Broad for $725,000 Monday at the conclusion of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky yearling sale in Lexington, Ky.
The law of supply and demand will get a major test beginning Monday when the yearling selling season kicks off in Lexington with the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky select yearling auction.
Expectations are running high for the yearling selling season, which kicks off Monday in Central Kentucky with Fasig-Tipton's July auction.
After setting a record gross last year, Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's December mixed sale rebounded in the number of horses bought back but fell drastically in gross, average, and median as the public auction market of 2003 comes to an end.
Fasig-Tipton Kentucky kicks off the breeding stock selling season in Central Kentucky Sunday with its November select auction, which begins at 7 p.m. (EST).
Here's what some buyers and consignors thought about the progeny of first-crop sires that were offered at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling sale.
A chestnut daughter of Mr. Greeley who was one of the last horses through the ring during Thursday's Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale in Lexington, Ky. ended up bringing the session's top price of $500,000.
Fasig-Kentucky's July yearling sale experienced downturns in its two-day run that ended Thursday in Lexington. But auction company officials were satisfied with the results.
The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling auction produced an $800,000 filly Wednesday during its opening session in Lexington, surpassing last year's highest price of $700,000.
At $100,000, he was the least expensive Seattle Slew weanling sold at public auction last year. But this year, he's among the horses generating the biggest buzz at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale, which starts Wednesday in Lexington.
Feathers, a broodmare prospect who was a graded stakes winner in Canada, brought $270,000 on Monday to top the final session of Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's winter mixed sale.
A share in 2003's leading first crop sire, Distorted Humor, brought $225,000 to top the Stallion Access February sale of seasons and shares on Monday at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's Newtown Paddocks near Lexington.
A yearling filly by champion and dual classic winner Charismatic brought the top price of $64,000 Sunday during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale at the Newtown Paddocks near Lexington.
Three days after rival Keeneland announced a one-year hiatus for its select yearling sale in July due to the effects of mare reproductive loss syndrome on the pool of early maturing foals of 2002, Fasig-Tipton Company said it was sticking to its traditional sale dates for Lexington in July and Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in August.
Gaye's Locket, a 7-year-old daughter of Ogygian, was purchased by Brereton C. Jones for $55,000 to top Monday's December Mixed Sale conducted by Fasig-Tipton Kentucky.
Hopes are not running high among consignors and sale company officials going into the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, which kicks off its 10-day run Monday. But the mood in Central Kentucky is not gloom and doom either.
After 220 hips through the ring at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearlings sale, a filly from the family of Dancethruthedawn, hip #77, has brought the highest price of $300,000.
Fasig-Tipton Kentucky will catalogue 774 horses for its October yearling sale. The total is a record and represents a 53.3% increase over last year's total of 505.
On Thursday, Fasig-Tipton sales official proved they could increase the catalog for the Kentucky select yearling sale without sacrifing quality. The two-day sale offered 37.1% more horses, and the average price still increased over last year.
Gross sales and buy-backs soared for opening day of the two-day Fasig-Tipton Kentucky select yearling sale that began Wednesday.
Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's July select yearling sale faces hurdles in trying to continue last year's success when Its average price of $96,671 increased by 26% from 2000, and reached its highest point since 1984.
Joying, an 11-year-old daughter of Storm Cat, sold for $190,000 at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's winter mixed sale in Lexington on Monday with approximately one-third of the auction completed. Consigned by David and Ginger Mullins of Doninga, the mare was purchased by Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent.
A bay colt by Tale of the Cat sold for $100,000 early during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale on Monday in Lexington. Only the third horse to step into the ring, the colt was purchased by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey from Gainesway, agent.
Fifty-three broodmares and broodmare prospects owned by Louisiana oilman John Franks will be sold during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale on Feb. 11. Dan Kenny Bloodstock will act as agent for Franks, a four-time Eclipse Award winner as outstanding owner. Franks periodically reduces the numbers in his broodmare band to accommodate fillies freshly retired from the racetrack to his farm in Ocala, Fla.
The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky December mixed sale experienced significant declines across-the-board on Monday. The number sold and gross revenue plunged by 38.6% and 55.1%, respectively, from a year ago. The average and median prices were down by 26.8% and 14.3%, respectively.
Fasig-Tipton reported that 121 horses were sold at the Newtown Paddocks in Lexington for a gross of $531,400, an average of $4,392, and a median of $3,000. Last year, the 197 horses sold grossed $1,182,400 and averaged $6,002. The median was $3,500.
Fasig-Tipton's November select mixed sale suffered significant declines in gross revenue and average price Sunday night in Central Kentucky. But not all the news was bad. The median increased, indicating a more healthy middle market. And the buy-back rate, while high, rose hardly at all from 2000.
Stallion seasons to Point Given, Artax, Unbridled's Song, and Free House will be up for auction at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Nov. 9 to benefit the NTRA Charities-New York Heroes Fund. The auction and a cocktail reception are part of the sale company's stallion access sale that evening.
Second-day momentum at Fasig-Tipton's Kentucky October yearling sale helped deliver some statistical gains over last year's significantly larger edition.
Topped by the $65,000 paid by agent Ramona Good for the Crafty Prospector mare Gamble For Gold, Fasig-Tipton Kentucky concluded its February mixed sale Monday with a 9% decline in average price.Tuesday the sales company held a special auction at the Paris, Ky., stockyards, to sell horses originally purchased by Bernice L. Givens Sykes at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December Mixed Sale.
Beautiful Bid, the dam of champion Beautiful Pleasure and multiple grade I winner and sire Mecke, was purchased by Gaines-Gentry Thoroughbreds for $2.6 million to top Sunday's November Selected Sale conducted by Fasig-Tipton Kentucky.
The average declined as the number of horses offered increased during the opening session of Fasig-Tipton's fall yearling sale. Meanwhile, England's Tattersalls autumn mixed sale began on a strong note.
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