11/07/2010 7:05AM

Life At Ten withdrawn from Fasig-Tipton sale

Alysse Jacobs
Life At Ten, eased to the wre in Friday's BC Ladies' Classic, will remain in training with Todd Pltecher rather than be sold as scheduled at Sunday's Fasig-Tipton auction.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Life At Ten has been scratched from Sunday’s Fasig-Tipton November sale and plans call for her to remain in training with Todd Pletcher.

 A two-time Grade 1 winner, Life At Ten crossed the wire last of 11 runners in Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic after being distanced by the field. The performance generated controversy because the 5-year-old Life At Ten was allowed to run despite questions about what Pletcher called her “abnormally quiet” demeanor in the paddock and jockey John Velazquez’s public pre-race comments that she did not warm up well for the race.

 In a release issued Saturday, Fasig-Tipton said Life At Ten’s owner, Candy DeBartolo, and Pletcher decided against entering her in the auction after consultation with the sale company.

 “Life At Ten is obviously a very talented mare who encountered unfortunate circumstances [Friday],” Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning said. “Her team is one of the finest in the industry and with their guidance all of us look forward to a bright future for her.”

 Life At Ten had figured to be one of the highlights at the one-day auction in Lexington. She won the Grade 1 Beldame Stakes and Ogden Phipps Handicap this year and so far has earned $1,149,267 from 8 wins, 5 second-place finishes, and 2 thirds. 

The auction will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday at Fasig-Tipton’s Newtown Paddocks in Lexington.