08/13/2016 6:42PM

First night of Fasig-Tipton New York-bred sale canceled due to weather


The opening session of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred sale was canceled on Saturday evening due to severe weather in the Saratoga Springs, N.Y., area creating hazardous conditions for participants and technical difficulties inside the sales pavilion.

The auction was rescheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m. Eastern, offering the full catalog in a single day instead of two.

The sale started briefly after a half-hour delay due to malfunctions with the sound system and was canceled after two  horses went through the ring.

“We've never experienced a situation like this,” said Faisg-Tipton president Boyd Browning. “The safety of the horses and the customers is the most important thing. We'd rather be safe. It doesn't really affect anybody's travel plans or anything like that. You just do the best you can in these kind of circumstances.”

Browning said no results would be published on the evening’s first two offerings, who would be offered first on Sunday to give everyone a fair chance.

Earlier in the day, Saratoga Race Course canceled its race card after the fifth race after inclement weather created unsafe racing conditions. The Grade 1 Foustardave Handicap and Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes, which were to be the highlights of the card, were rescheduled.

– additional reporting by Nicole Russo

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