Keyword: Walt Robertson

  • The January horses of age ages sale will be the first Keeneland auction for former Fasig-Tipton executive Walt Robertson in his newly create role as vice president of sales.

    Keeneland January Sale: What's New?

    Keeneland will introduce a new member of its management team and a new technological innovation designed to aid buyers during its January horses of all ages sale, which begins its five-day run in Lexington Jan. 10.

  • Hammer Time: Good News, Bad News

    It's good news (I think) that Fasig-Tipton is moving its Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training to Palm Meadows, but it's bad news that Walt Robertson is retiring. I'll miss him.

  • A Street Cry colt topped the first session, bringing $800,000.

    Saratoga Slip: Sale Average Declines 13.8%

    "I think tonight reality has set back in," said consignor Mark Toothaker of Legacy Bloodstock after the average declined 13.8% from a year ago during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale.

  • Hip #159; colt, Medaglia d'Oro - Beright by Gray Slewpy brought $450,000 to lead the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling sale.

    Average, Median Increase as F-T Sale Opens

    The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling auction generated results in the opening session that indicated the market for young Thoroughbreds hadn't changed much since last year, according to the sale company.

  • F-T Midlantic Sale Will Enjoy Upgrades

    The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling might struggle like nearly every other Thoroughbred auction this year, but at least the buyers and consignors will have a newly renovated sale pavilion to enjoy Oct. 5 and 6 in Timonium, Md. According to Fasig-Tipton officials, there will be dramatic changes in the appearance of the once drab facility.

  • F-T Midlantic Sale Has 670 Yearlings

    Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 670 horses for its Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale, which will be held in Timonium, Md., Oct. 5 and 6. The number is down 28% from 2008, when 930 horses were in the book and the auction was three days in length.

  • Saratoga Strange: Filly's Buyer Flees

    "I've never seen anything like this," said Holly Bandoroff of Denali Stud of a bizarre incident that involved a well-bred dark bay or brown filly, a bald man in a plaid shirt, at least three Fasig-Tipton officials, and several policemen during the second and final session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale in New York Aug. 11.

  • Boyd Browning, Fasig-Tipton president

    Looking Back: People Discuss F-T July Sale

    The Fasig-Tipton July select yearling sale, held July 20-21 in Lexington, ended with significant setbacks in gross revenue, average price, and median price, but managed to lower its buy-back rate from a year ago slighty. Read what sale company officials and sale participants had to say about the market.

  • Yearlings at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select auction.

    F-T Auction Kicks Off Yearling Selling Season

    Even though the stock market has been enjoying a recent rally, buyers and sellers of young horses aren't expecting a similar rebound in yearling prices. Heading into the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select auction, which kicks off the 2009 yearling selling season, some people were predicting further downturns of 30% or more in key business figures, mainly because the health of the overall economy, here and abroad, remains weak.

  • This son of Yonaguska, a half-brother to Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, will sell at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training.

    F-T Midlantic Sale's Results Could Surprise

    Even in the midst of an economic crisis, there is hope for a solid performance from the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training, which is scheduled for May 18 and 19 in Timonium, Md. The bulk of the auction's catalog consists of reasonably-priced, blue-collar stock, and some of the other regional sales, which offered juveniles of the same type, generated results that were better than expected earlier this year.

  • F-T Chatter: The Market at Calder

    The Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training, held March 3 at Calder Race Course, suffered downturns of 25.5% in gross revenue, 31.5% in average price, and 34.8% in median price. The number of horses sold rose 8.8% while the buy-back rate dropped to 35.5% from 40.4% a year ago. Read what people at the auction had to say about the market:

  • F-T Juvenile Sale Faces Tough Economy

    The fanciest juvenile sale in the world faces off against the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression March 3 at Calder Race Course, and based on the results of other recent Thoroughbred auctions, prices probably will be down considerably.

  • The entrance at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky

    Fasig-Tipton: Puttin' on the Ritz

    When Dubai-based Synergy Investments purchased Fasig-Tipton last year, Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock manager, John Ferguson, vowed the Kentucky-based auction firm would strive to offer higher levels of customer service. According to shoppers at Fasig-Tipton's Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training, the company is fulfilling that promise.

  • F-T Juvenile Sale Will Have 272 Horses

    Fasig-Tipton will catalog 272 horses for its Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training, according to the company's chairman, Walt Robertson. The number is about the same as in 2008, when 270 horses were in the book.

  • Fasig-Tipton Forms Advisory Board

    Fasig-Tipton has formed an advisory board of directors to assist the company's management in its auction ventures and other related initiatives in the Thoroughbred industry. Fasig-Tipton chairman Walt Robertson is chairing the advisory board, and Fasig-Tipton chairman emeritus D. G. Van Clief Jr. is a board member.

  • Hip 678; colt; Holy Bull - Disco Darlin' by Citidancer topped the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall yearling sale with a final bid of $320,000.

    F-T Midlantic Finishes with Declines

    Continuing the trend with the season's previous yearling sales, the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall yearling sale ended its three-day run at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md., Oct. 1 with downturns across the board and an increase in the buy-back rate.

  • Hip 205 was the top priced yearling in the first day of the FT Midlantic Sale.

    Midlantic Sale Declines on Opening Day

    The opening session of the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Eastern Fall yearling sale, Sept. 29 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md., took hits in key statistical areas, with gross and average falling, but the median remained steady.

  • 2yo Whip Rules Will Be Similar

    Officials of Barretts, Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland, and the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. (OBS) announced in early September that they were banding together to make major changes in the under tack shows for their sales of 2-year-olds in training. Beginning in 2009, they said they would strictly regulate the use of whips by riders during workouts and would prohibit the use of front toe grabs on horses.

  • Fasig-Tipton Paying Consignors Faster

    When Dubai-based Synergy Investments purchased Fasig-Tipton earlier this year, the auction company's officials vowed that one of their goals would be to improve customer service. And Fasig-Tipton already has begun delivering on that promise.

  • Fasig-Tipton Restructures Management

    Fasig-Tipton has restructured its senior management team, it was announced Sept. 2. The changes include the addition of one of Sheikh Mohammed's key employees in America, Dan Pride, to the auction firm's executive ranks.

  • Yearling are inspected by potential buyers at Saratoga.

    Average Up, Buy-Backs High for NY Sale

    The Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred sale opened with mixed results Aug. 9. The average rose 19.4% and the median jumped 40%, but more than half the horses offered went unsold.

  • Storm Cat - Get Lucky by Mr. Prospector,  brought $2 Million at the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.

    Average Up and Median Steady at Saratoga

    Boosted by an impressive-looking son of Storm Cat, which fetched a final bid of $2 million, the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale ended its two-night run in New York Aug. 5 with an increase in average price. The median price held steady whle the gross revenue dipped slightly compared to last year's figures.

  • Storm Cat filly, topped Monday's session of the Saratoga sale.

    Average, Median Rise at Saratoga Sale

    The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale, a small boutique auction that offers quality horses, got off to what the company's chairman, D.G. Van Clief Jr., termed "a solid start " Aug. 4 in New York.

  • A.P. Indy colt, brought the day's second-highest price of $1.2 million.

    Strong Market Opens FT Saratoga Sale

    If the close of the opening session of the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale is any indication, the upper level of the Thoroughbred marketplace is alive and well.

  • Wicked Exchange (Hip #441), Exchange Rate - Wickedly Wise by Tactical Cat, brought the top price of $375,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale.

    Figures Drop at FT Kentucky

    Despite registering across the board declines, the results of the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale, held July 14-15 at the sale company's Newtown Paddocks near Lexington, did not overly disappoint sale company officials.

  • Fasig-Tipton Set for Kentucky July Sale

    Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 568 yearlings for its 2008 Kentucky July yearling sale to be held July 14-15 at the sale company's Newtown Paddocks near Lexington. Catalogs will be available from all Fasig-Tipton offices after June 16.