The Santa Anita 2-Year-Olds-in-Training Sale has been canceled, according to officials at Fasig-Tipton, “owing to the current restrictions in place at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA, relating to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and in light of the changes to the 2020 Thoroughbred auction calendar.” The event had been scheduled for June 3.
“Factors beyond our control have necessitated the sale’s cancellation,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “We greatly appreciate the support we received from those that had already committed entries, as well as the efforts and cooperation of Santa Anita’s management and staff these past several months. With so much uncertainty, we felt it was best to go ahead and announce the sale’s cancellation to provide sellers with ample time to redirect their horses to other venues.
“While disappointed with this outcome, we look forward to continuing to work with California breeders and sellers on the California Fall Yearlings Sale scheduled for Oct. 19 of this year at Fairplex in Pomona, California,” added Browning.
The Keeneland 2-Year-Olds In Training and Horses of Racing Age Sale, originally scheduled for Apr. 7, was canceled Mar. 16. The following day, Fasig-Tipton announced the postponement of its Midlantic 2YO Sale by one week from May 18 and 19 to May 26 and 27 in Timonium. It simultaneously announced a second Midlantic sale to take place June 24 and 25. While the OBS March Sale went on despite the pandemic, the company decided to postpone its April sale. That auction will now take place June 9-12.