Fasig-Tipton Opens Nominations for 'Night of the Stars'

Gamine, at $7 million, topped the 2022 edition | Fasig-Tipton

The Fasig-Tipton November Sale, also known as the 'Night of the Stars,' has officially opened nominations for the 2023 edition, which will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7 at Newtown Paddocks in Lexington. Nominations can be made by visiting fasigtipton.com.

“We advertise the Fasig-Tipton November Sale as the world's premier breeding stock event, and for good reason,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “It provides an atmosphere of electricity unlike any other Thoroughbred auction in the world, providing sellers with the strongest market for quality out there.”

The top-class sale is always held in the days following the Breeders' Cup World Championships, which are scheduled this year for Nov. 3-4 at Santa Anita. As such, the sale will be held a bit later in the week than its usual spot in order to allow both humans and equines to travel. Browning addressed that, as well.

“The sale will be held on the Tuesday afternoon and evening following the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita, just as it has for the last two Breeders' Cups held in California. This timing is beneficial for both horses and humans. It provides an appropriate amount of time for horses that are headed to the sale from the Breeders' Cup to ship to Kentucky. For people attending the races, a Tuesday sale allows them to enjoy the races before coming to Lexington to shop the sale.”

Last year's sale continued to live up to lofty expectations, with the one-night auction exceeding $100 million for the second year in a row. A remarkable 30 fillies or mares sold for $1 million or more, including five of the six most expensive fillies or mares sold in North America. The sale featured the $7-million hammer price on Gamine (Into Mischief), marking both the highest-priced Thoroughbred and highest-priced broodmare sold at public auction in the world in 2022. In addition, Shedaresthedevil (Daredevil) and Campanelle (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) each sold for $5 million apiece. The Fasig-Tipton November sale also featured an average of $589,899, the highest average of any breeding stock sale in the world for 2022, and weanlings sold for as much $1,350,000, with an average price of $184,932.

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