Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale

Yearling Sales Season Arrives in Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.--Fasig-Tipton marks 101 years of selling at Saratoga Monday with the start of its highly anticipated Saratoga Selected Yearling Sale. The Saratoga Sale is known for offering some of the country's top yearlings, many of whom have quite the star-studded pedigrees. The 2022 catalogue, which features 216 yearlings, is no exception. "It's just a fantastic collection of yearlings, both in terms of pedigree and the physical conformation," Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning said. "We were excited all spring when we were going to the farms with the interest and...

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GMP Stable Takes Next Step Towards Big Dreams at the Spa

When Gary Gullo retired from training in September of 2020 after 40 years on the Belmont backside, it was with big goals in mind. Gullo teamed up with longtime owner Anthony Melfi to start GMP Stable, an operation focused on breeding, selling, racing and now an equine rehabilitation farm. Gullo and Melfi's main goal has always been to acquire and breed top- quality horses and the first member of their new-and-improved breeding program will be offered at the prestigious Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale next week. "It's our first time upgrading our...

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New Smartphone App for Fasig-Tipton

In advance of next week's Saratoga Sale for top yearlings, Fasig-Tipton has launched a new smartphone app. Available for both iPhone and Android, it includes an enhanced page for each horse in every sale, showing pedigrees, photos, and videos, and enables users to take notes on that page which will save on the user's device. In addition, the new app will give users the ability to create and customize multiple shortlists, view results, and access catalogues right from their phones or tablets. Eventually, users will be able to take a...

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Letter to the Editor: F-T Saratoga Sale to Feature 17 Yearlings from Phipps Families

By B. Jason Brooks The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearling Sale is less than two weeks away and potential buyers are marking up their sales catalogs while researching the accomplished families of those being offered. At the 2019 Saratoga Sale, four yearlings tracing back to Phipps foundation mare Blitey sold for a collective $4.05 million, one of them being an undefeated Tapit colt named Flightline who has become a multiple Grade I superstar. Thoroughbred Daily News columnist and pedigree expert Sid Fernando recently noted in story that the Phipps female "families...

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Pricey Curlin Colt Graduates at Big A

1st-Aqueduct, $80,000, Msw, 11-18, 3yo/up, 1 3/16mT, 1:54.63, fm, 2 1/4 lengths. CONQUER THE WORLD (c, 3, Curlin--Wapi {Chi} {Ch. 3-year-old Filly-Chi, MG1SW-Chi, $163,507}, by Scat Daddy), third in his debut going 8 1/2 panels at Belmont Oct. 24, was given a 4-1 chance to stepping up in trip. Pushed outward at the start and losing some early action, the chestnut settled in last through moderate splits of :24.27 and :47.56. Starting to pick up the tempo midway down the backstretch, he gradually passed rivals exiting the far turn and...

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MyRacehorse to Offer Shares in Yearlings with $2M Bonus

MyRacehorse will offer ownership in six yearlings that were purchased at the recent Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale of selected yearlings. The yearlings, referred to as the "Fasig Select Six, each come with a $2-million bonus designed specifically for horses purchased by MyRacehorse at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale. For colts, the bonus would be paid if any were to win the GI Kentucky Derby and for the fillies, the bonus would be paid for a GI Kentucky Oaks victory. Unlike past MyRacehorse offerings, where bonuses were split in partnership with co-owners,...

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Todd Pletcher Positive for COVID-19

Trainer Todd Pletcher has tested positive for COVID-19, and will continue to isolate until Thursday, he confirmed via text Sunday morning. Pletcher, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday, August 6, said that he sought out the test after experiencing allergy-like symptoms and after a co-worker tested positive. "I got the results back this morning," he said via text. "Starting Monday, I thought I was experiencing some allergies. Since I've been vaccinated, I wasn't concerned as I didn't have any traditional Covid symptoms. Late Friday, a co-worker...

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South Point's Saratoga Consignment Forges on in Recio's Honor

Mike Recio's broad smile may not be on display at Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga Sale, but he will be well represented by his South Point Sales team as they forge ahead with the consignment at the summer's premiere yearling sale. While Recio continues his battle with sepsis in the ICU at Central Baptist Hospital in Kentucky, South Point sales coordinator Justina Severni and longtime team member John Fahey will pick up the torch. "These are some of the best yearlings South Point Sales has ever sold," Severni said. "We are going to...

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Justify Yearlings Primed for the Saratoga Spotlight

The energy seems to be building by the hour now that the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Sale yearlings are in place as buyers sift through the barns surrounding the famed Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion. There's much to look forward to in this 100th edition of the auction, including a sample of the highly-anticipated first crop of yearlings from Triple Crown champion Justify (Scat Daddy - Stage Magic, by Ghostzapper). With 10 sons and daughters of Justify currently slated to go through the sales ring, these youngsters represent the first book of...

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Siblings of Successful Saratoga Grads on Offer at Fasig

There have been several horses over the past 100 years of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale to summon big price tags, eclipsing the $500,000 mark, in the Humphrey S. Finney pavilion and then go on to be quite successful on the racetrack. The siblings of four such Thoroughbreds are part of the catalogue for the famed auction's centennial edition to be held at the Spa Aug. 9-10. The 2017 GI Belmont S. winner Tapwrit (Tapit) summoned $1.2-million at the Saratoga Sale back in 2015 from a partnership comprised of Bridlewood Farm,...

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Curlin Looking to Follow Up on Memorable 2019 Saratoga Success

The last time the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearlings Sale was held, Curlin recorded a memorable trifecta with the auction's top three seven-figure yearlings. Leading the way was the $1.5-million co-topper First Captain, who was tabbed a 'TDN Rising Star' and captured  the GIII Dwyer S. The Hill 'n' Dale stallion will be represented by five yearlings when bidding returns to the Humphrey S. Finney pavilion in upstate New York next week. "Curlin is truly a Classic sire," said Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency, which will consign two fillies...

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Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Moves into Cryptocurrency Realm

Fasig-Tipton has partnered with Crypto.com, a cryptocurrency company with the world's fastest-growing crypto app, and Swapp Protocol, a blockchain-based DeFi platform, to offer cryptocurrency payment and rewards services at the upcoming Saratoga Sale. Fasig-Tipton's select yearling sale, to be held Aug. 9-10, will be the first Thoroughbred auction to accept cryptocurrency as payment for equine purchases. Buyers who use cryptocurrency at Saratoga will receive cryptocurrency rewards with the buyer of the most expensive horse--paid with cryptocurrency--receiving one million SWAPP tokens, which are exchangeable for various fiat and cryptocurrencies. "As Fasig-Tipton...

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