The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds-in-Training Sale, originally scheduled in May, will now be held on Monday and Tuesday, June 29-30, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland, the sales company announced in a press release Friday morning. The sale’s under-tack show will be held on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, June 24-26.
“The latest data on the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with social-distancing recommendations and stay-at-home orders, has necessitated the change of dates,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “Fortunately, we had already planned on having an auction in Maryland in late June, so moving the May auction to these June dates made sense for all participants.”
These June sale dates will supersede the previous dates announced for a second Midlantic Two-Year-Old auction. That auction will be replaced with this rescheduled auction. Fasig-Tipton said they would consider holding an additional two-year-old auction at a later date, should there be sufficient demand and need.
The two-year-old sales calendar has been completely upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. OBS held their March Sale as planned, but was followed by Fasig-Tipton’s cancellation of their Gulfstream Sale, originally scheduled for April 1. OBS then rescheduled its 2020 Spring Sale, scheduled for April, and its June sale. The OBS Spring Sale will now be held June 9-12. Fasig-Tipton will be up next with this new Midlantic sale June 29-30, followed by OBS’s rescheduled June sale, now July 14-17.
“I think that the vast majority of two-year-olds that were scheduled to be sold at auction will be sold at auction throughout 2020,” said Browning. “However, there are some owners who will likely opt to race their two-year-olds, or consider private sale alternatives prior to the conduct of auctions.”