09/07/2017 12:10PM

Yearling sales calendar continues to adjust to market


The theme of change seen with the reformatted Keeneland September yearling sale and Fasig-Tipton’s addition of the Turf Showcase sale will continue through the remainder of this yearling season. The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. is among other entities that have made major changes in recent years, and its re-imagined yearling sale is among the remaining sales during a busy fall schedule. Following the Turf Showcase on Sept. 10 and the Keeneland September sale beginning its stand Sept. 11, here’s a look at the yearling sales that fill out the fall schedule:

Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale

Oct. 2-3 in Timonium, Md.

2016 topper: $450,000 colt by Curlin–Formalities Aside, by Awesome Again, purchased by Charles Zacney

The buying base in the Mid-Atlantic region has been solid in recent years, and this sale, expanded from a single session to two days due to a high volume of entries, will hope to capitalize on that. The 2016 renewal posted gains in gross and average, but there was a slight decline in median.

Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. October yearling sale

Oct. 10-12 in Ocala, Fla.

2016 topper: Sold in August, $210,000 colt by Flatter–Madoffwiththecash, by Dixie Union, purchased by Stan Hough, agent for Sagamore Farm

The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. has continued to make changes, shifting its traditional August yearling sale to October in an attempt to find a more advantageous spot on the calendar. As a result, the company is eliminating its October mixed sale, which had already been suspended a year due to extensive facility renovations, and will continue to offer breeding stock at its January sale. The OBS October sale had been a staple in Florida for four decades, and its August yearling sale also was a fixture for decades.

The OBS October yearling sale will follow the format of the August sale, with a selected session Oct. 10 followed by two open sessions Oct. 11-12.

Barretts fall sale of yearlings and horses of all ages

Oct. 17 in Pomona, Calif.

2016 topper: $190,000 colt by Smiling Tiger–Erica’s Smile, by Williamstown, purchased by Slugo Racing

After kicking off the season in August at Del Mar, Barretts holds its second yearling sale at its former base in Pomona.

Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale

Oct. 23-26 in Lexington, Ky.

2016 co-toppers: $350,000 colt by Curlin–Party Chatter, by Touch Gold, purchased by JSM Equine/Justin Casse, agent; $350,000 colt by Bernardini–Desert Gazelle, by Smart Strike, purchased by Stonestreet Stables

This sale, the last major stop on the yearling calendar, has grown in popularity as a destination event in recent years, and again sees expansion due to popularity. Each renewal of the October sale from 2011-14 established records in gross, average, and median before appearing to find a plateau. The sale expanded from three days to four in 2015 and saw some declines from those record figures. It was cut back to three days in 2016 and concluded with a relatively stable marketplace, with single-digit shifts in average and median prices. This year, the sale will again be held over four sessions, with Fasig-Tipton citing a high volume of entries.

Regional sales


Continuing the theme of change, the Louisiana marketplace also has made changes in recent years. After offering a yearling sale every season since 1988, the Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana, a subsidiary of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, struck an agreement with the burgeoning Equine Sales of Louisiana to suspend its sale for five years, starting in 2016, to throw support behind that sale. Equine Sales of Louisiana, after holding its annual consignor-select yearling sale Aug. 31, will host an open yearling and mixed sale Oct. 15.

The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society conducts four yearling or mixed sales in various provinces, highlighted by the Ontario premier yearling sale in August. The Manitoba chapter’s sale also was held in August. The organization concludes its calendar with the British Columbia yearling and mixed sale Sept. 12 and Alberta Thoroughbred sale Sept. 17.

Other regional yearling sales of note include the Heritage Place Thoroughbred sale on Oct. 8 in Oklahoma and the Indiana Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association fall mixed sale Oct. 15.

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