Boyd Browning

Demand Strong at the Top of the Gulfstream Market

by Jessica Martini & Christie DeBernardis HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - A diverse buying bench vied for a select offering of juveniles during a rapid-fire three hours under the sunshine at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale Wednesday afternoon. A filly from the first crop of Bolt d'Oro brought the day's highest bid when selling for $1.2 million to Spendthrift Farm. Consigned by Tom McCrocklin, the youngster was one of two to bring seven figures during the auction. Jamie McCalmont, bidding on behalf of Coolmore's M.V. Magnier, went to $1.1 million to acquire...

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Uncle Mo Colt Sets Furlong Mark at Gulfstream Breeze Show

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - The under-tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale of Selected 2-Year-Olds in Training was held under picture-perfect blue skies and temperatures in the 70s Monday in South Florida. "I thought the under-tack show went exceptionally well," Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning said at the conclusion of Monday's fourth and final set of works. "The conditions were very consistent for all the horses, from start to finish. There were some very impressive works, both visually and time-wise. It looked like the horses were moving very well over the...

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Brilliant Cut Shines at Fasig-Tipton February Sale

LEXINGTON, KY--Recent GI La Brea S. runner-up Brilliant Cut (Speightstown) (hip 541) was as popular as many expected her to be, topping the Fasig-Tipton Winter Mixed Sale at $750,000. Japan's Katsumi Yoshida was the winning bidder over the internet. A total of 431 horses changed hands during the two-day auction for a gross of $17,245,500 with an average of $40,013 and median of $16,000. There were 56 horses led from the ring unsold for a very low RNA rate of 11.5%. That was a significant increase over last year's auction,...

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Strong Start to Fasig February

The two-day Fasig-Tipton Winter Mixed Sale got off to a strong start Tuesday with 15 six-figure horses, topped by the $450,000 racing/broodmare prospect Bodhicitta (GB) (Showcasing {GB}). The yearling market was especially strong Tuesday with youngsters accounting for half of the top 10, led by a $260,000 colt by City of Light. That yearling was the only offspring in the catalogue for his sire, who was very popular last year, topping Keeneland September with a $1.7-million colt. Last term's champion freshman sire Gun Runner continued to be in demand on...

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Fasig-Tipton Winter Mixed Sale Kicks Off Tuesday

The Fasig-Tipton Winter Mixed Sale, which was pushed back a day due to a late-week ice storm in the Lexington area, kicks off its two-day run Tuesday, with sessions starting at 10 a.m. The first 300 hips sell Tuesday with an additional 308 horses, several of which were supplemental entries, going under the hammer Wednesday. The auction is well-timed, just one week before the Feb. 15 opening of the breeding sheds. "It is really hard to ever compare February sales from year-to-year just because of the nature of it," Fasig-Tipton...

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Leif Aaron Named Fasig-Tipton Director of Digital Sales

Leif Aaron has been named Fasig-Tipton's Director of Digital Sales ahead of the projected launch of its digital sales platform in the first quarter of 2022. Aaron has served as stallion nominations manager for Juddmonte USA since 2018. Prior to Juddmonte, Aaron worked for eight years as stakes filly recruiter and account manager for Taylor Made Sales Agency. He is also a graduate of the Darley Flying Start Program. "We are very excited and optimistic about entering the digital sales environment and believe Leif is the perfect person to lead...

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Stars Align at Fasig-Tipton November

by Jessica Martini, Brian DiDonato, and Christie DeBernardis LEXINGTON, KY - The Fasig-Tipton November Sale opened Tuesday afternoon with strong returns for its weanling offerings before exploding with frenetic bidding from an internationally diverse buying bench on a wide selection of superstar mares that ultimately produced a sales record gross of $103,699,000 for 149 head. That figure bested the auction's previous record of $89,473,000 which was set in 2018. The average of $695,966 was the second highest in sale history, falling short only of the 2008 average of $772,297, while...

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Stars Come out Tuesday for Fasig-Tipton November Sale

The Fasig-Tipton November Sale returns Tuesday with another stellar line-up of marquee offerings, with bidding on the first of 274 catalogued offerings scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at Newtown Paddocks. The auction begins with a selection of 135 catalogued weanlings and then proceeds into what has perennially been a blockbuster offering of fillies and mares. "We're excited and enthusiastic--we have a fabulous catalogue for the November sale," said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. The 2021 November sale has plenty to live up to from its eye-popping 2020 renewal, which was...

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Much to Love with Grade I-Winning Fasig-Tipton Offering

Whatever Hard Not to Love (Hard Spun - Loving Vindication, by Vindication) may have lost with the absence of one eye, she gained with the loyal following that developed over her career as she won the hearts of racing fans and earned the respect of the racing community. "She was special because she dealt with a problem that I knew she was thinking about and I knew was on her mind, but she had the class and the style and the substance to fight through the issue," said Terry Finley,...

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Valiance Fulfills Family Tradition of Grade I Excellence

Valiance may be one of several Grade I winners cataloged for the Fasig-Tipton November Sale, but the statuesque gray is a rare find in the sales ring as a third-generation Grade I winner in her female line. By Tapit, Valiance is out of GI Madison S. winner Last Full Measure (Empire Maker) and is the granddaughter of dual GISW Lazy Slusan (Slewvescent) . "Valiance is a no-brainer," said Fasig-Tipton's Boyd Browning. "You've got three generations of Grade I winners in her pedigree. She's a beautiful mare and had a great...

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Speedy Princess Noor Provides Many 'Firsts' For Connections

   Princess Noor (Not This Time - Sheza Smoke Show, by Wilko) proved her status as racing royalty several times over through her accomplished juvenile campaign. Now a three-year-old, she prepares to go through the ring at the Fasig-Tipton 'Night of the Stars' Sale carrying a foal by leading sire Into Mischief. A product of the first book from this year's leading second-crop sire Not This Time, she quickly stamped her status as one to watch as the sales topper of the 2020 OBS Spring Sale after a dazzling breeze...

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Strong Opener To October Sale

LEXINGTON, KY - The start of the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October Yearlings Sale was delayed an hour by heavy rain, but the weather seemed to be the only thing that could hold back the auction once the bidding got started Monday at Newtown Paddocks. "We were very pleased with the opening session of the October sale," Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning said Monday night. "I don't think there was any surprise that there was a lot of demand. We've seen strength in the yearling sales from the start...

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