11/02/2014 4:54PM

Fasig-Tipton November: Sale offers star-studded lineup

Barbara D. Livingston
Multiple Grade 1 winner Princess of Sylmar is among the offerings at the Fasig-Tipton November sale.

The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky selected fall mixed sale is known as a marquee destination for potential seven-figure auction prices, and the 2014 edition boasts a particularly strong catalog.

The 195 horses that comprise the November sale catalog include two Kentucky Oaks winners, the top two finishers of last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, and a parade of Grade 1 winners and producers. Those ranks could become even stronger with late updates following the Breeders’ Cup.

“We’re very, very pleased with the quality of the catalog,” said Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning Jr. “I think we’ve got an outstanding group of foals and an outstanding group of in-foal mares and an outstanding group of mares on the racetrack and coming off the racetrack between now and Nov. 3. We’re very proud of the catalog, and I think it’s a tremendous opportunity for buyers from around the world to come buy some of the finest horses in America.”

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The one-day sale will be held Monday at the auction company’s Newtown Paddocks base in Lexington, Ky., beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern. Fasig-Tipton is once again accepting late supplemental entries for the sale, which will bring the catalog closer to the 221 offerings at last year’s renewal.

“The quality of mares that Fasig-Tipton has put together is incredible,” said Andrew Cary of consignor Select Sales. “I give them a ton of credit for the hustling that they do. They’re always on top of everything, sending texts and calling when things happen. It’s definitely a phenomenal catalog. It’s a great credit to them, and they deserve to reap the benefits from it.”

The fruits of Fasig-Tipton’s efforts include Kentucky Oaks winners Princess of Sylmar and Believe You Can (in foal to Tapit); champion She’s a Tiger; and Breeders’ Cup winners Ria Antonia and Stephanie’s Kitten. Dual champion Beholder would have given the catalog even more luster, but B. Wayne Hughes withdrew his star filly from the sale Oct. 24 due to illness and announced plans to race her next year at age 5.

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The November sale has been a launching point for many high-profile racing/broodmare prospects, and this year’s edition boasts a strong lineup, including Grade 1 winners Fashion Plate, Judy the Beauty, Rosalind, Stopchargingmaria, Turbulent Descent, Belle Gallantey, Dayatthespa, and Discreet Marq. Also cataloged as a racing or stallion prospect is Grade 1 winner Capo Bastone.

“What I’m hoping is that Fasig-Tipton November is going to have the same effect on the market that a big dispersal like Ned Evans’ [Spring Hill Farm in 2011 at Keeneland November] had a few years ago,” said Mark Taylor of consignor Taylor Made Sales Agency. “Even though there’s not one entity that’s providing all the horses in the market, it’s an unusual depth of quality in one place. That usually brings new buyers out of the woodwork, and I think there’s a distinct possibility that could happen this year.”

The November sale will feature a new format, offering 75 cataloged weanlings at the start of the sale before moving to older horses. Weanlings previously were interspersed with their older counterparts and sorted alphabetically by their dams’ names.

“We’ve done it both ways in previous years,” Browning said. “A lot of the weanling buyers, from the feedback they gave, seemed to like having them organized and clustered together. They can work through them a little more efficiently and effectively, and as a result, we made that change this year.”

Taylor said the setup could help focus buyers that came to the sale specifically for the weanlings or broodmares, giving each their own time.

“I think the thing about it is that it’s really two totally different markets for the most part,” Taylor said. “You’ve got a few end-users but a lot of resellers that are looking at these weanlings. A lot of times when they’re interspersed throughout the whole catalog, the sale gets late. The people get worn out. I’ve seen it where we’ve got a weanling going through, and it’s just not the same feel or as much action around the back ring.”

At last year’s November sale, 129 horses sold for total receipts of $73,859,000, up 23 percent compared to the 2012 edition, when 87 horses brought $60,220,000. The average sale price fell 17 percent from $692,184 to $572,550, while the median rose 32 percent from $190,000 to $250,000. The buyback rate was 21 percent.

Mandy Pope of Whisper Hill Farm purchased last year’s sale topper, going to $5.2 million to secure Betterbetterbetter, a Group 3-placed Galileo mare. Bred in Ireland by Premier Bloodstock and consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, Betterbetterbetter continued Pope’s run of purchasing the November sale-topper after she bought Horse of the Year Havre de Grace for $10 million in 2012.

The highest-priced weanling of last year’s sale was a Tapit filly who went to Stonestreet Stables for $500,000. The chestnut filly, bred in Kentucky by Twin Creeks Farm and George Saufley, is out of the stakes-winning Mr. Greeley mare Miss Catalyst and was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.