Night of the Stars

DJ Stable Launches New Vocations 'Night of the Stars' Fundraiser

Night of the Stars Pledge, an initiative created by DJ Stable to promote and raise funds for New Vocations' aftercare efforts, invites sellers and buyers to pledge a percentage of sale price(s) during Fasig-Tipton's Nov. 7 breeding stock sale. The initiative comes at a time when the program has taken in 20% more retired racehorses than it did last year leading to a dramatic increase in operational costs. "We are so pleased to have the opportunity to partner with New Vocations. We are confident that the Fasig-Tipton Night of the...

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CKRH's Night Of The Stars Holds Annual Gala

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH), a nonprofit that offers a variety of equine-assisted therapies and activities for people of all ages, is holding its 20th annual gala fundraiser on Saturday, June 17 at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington, Kentucky, the organization said in a release Wednesday. Tickets remain for the event, which include a silent and a live auction. The highest bidders earn the sponsorship of CKRH participants and their equine partners. "Roaring 20th" is the theme of Night of the Stars, which begins at 6 p.m. at Fasig-Tipton, the racehorse...

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Dams of Oaks, Derby Winner, Sold Three Hips, 10 Minutes, Apart

For a sales company, selling the dam of a future Classic winner at your mixed sale is about as good a marketing tool as there is. Imagine selling two of them, three hips and 10 minutes apart, at the same sale. After the dust cleared from Derby weekend, a closer look at the results revealed just that: Pretty City Dancer, the dam of GI Kentucky Oaks winner Pretty Mischievous, sold as hip 122 at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton November Sale; and Puca, the dam of the Kentucky Derby winner Mage, sold...

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Gamine Shines Brightest On Night of the Stars at Fasig-Tipton

by Jessica Martini, Christie DeBernardis & Christina Bossinakis LEXINGTON, KY - The Fasig-Tipton November Sale, which surpassed the $100-million mark in gross sales for the first time in its history last year, went past that milestone for the second time Sunday when 169 horses sold for $101,214,000. "Another remarkable November sale just concluded here at Fasig-Tipton," said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. "Last year, we surpassed $100,000,000 in gross for the first time--that was kind of one of those goals that we dreamt about, but didn't think it was realistic--and we...

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'Special Filly' Swiss Skydiver Will Be Missed at McPeek Barn

In just a few weeks, champion Swiss Skydiver (Daredevil - Expo Gold, by Johannesburg) will sell at the Fasig-Tipton 'Night of the Stars' Sale. On an evening heralded for its abundant opportunity, her trip through the ring will be marked with anticipation for what is to come as she begins her broodmare career. But until then, there's just a bit of melancholy for her fans in looking back on her remarkable racing career. What was it, exactly, that made Swiss Skydiver so unforgettable? It could have been her extraordinary toughness...

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The Stars Come Out at Fasig-Tipton

by Jessica Martini, Brian DiDonato & Christie DeBernardis LEXINGTON, KY - A dazzling array of race fillies proved demand for high-quality bloodstock remains high during a frenetic renewal of the Fasig-Tipton November Sale at Newtown Paddocks Sunday. Champion Monomoy Girl (Tapizar), who captured her second GI Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff Saturday, topped the sale when bringing a final bid of $9.5 million from B. Wayne Hughes's Spendthrift Farm. The 5-year-old mare, who will return to training with Brad Cox, spearheaded a remarkable night of bidding for the Spendthrift team, which...

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MGISW Bast Sells to Spendthrift for $4.2M

Three-time Grade I winner Bast (Uncle Mo--Laffina, by Arch) was a hot-ticket item on a superstar-laden Fasig-Tipton November 'Night of the Stars' Sunday. Selling in foal to Justify as hip 245 for consignor Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, the Bob Baffert pupil hammered for $4.2 million to Spendthrift Farm, who made their fourth seven-figure mare purchase of the night. Annexing a trio of top-level events in the Del Mar Debutante S., Chandelier S. and Starlet S. at two, Bast started her 3-year-old campaign with a score in the GII Santa...

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Brant Goes to $4.1M for Champion Uni at FTKNOV

Champion Uni (GB) (More Than Ready--Unaided, by Dansili {GB}) made another big splash during Fasig-Tipton November's 'Night of the Stars' Sunday when selling for $4.1 million to Peter Brant. The chestnut, a stakes winner in both America and France as a sophomore, scored her first top-level triumph in the 2018 GI Matriarch S. and picked up tallies in the GI Breeders' Cup Mile and GI First Lady S. last season to earn champion turf female honors. She defended her First Lady crown this fall and was fifth while attempting for...

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Rushing Fall Keeps FTKNOV Fireworks Rolling, Hammers to Coolmore for $5.5M

Six-time Grade I winner Rushing Fall (More Than Ready--Autumnal, by Forestry) sparked a bidding war at Newtown Paddocks Sunday night and hammered to Jamie McCalmont, agent for M.V. Magnier, for $5.5 million at Fasig-Tipton November's 'Night of the Stars'. A 'TDN Rising Star', the e Five Racing Thoroughbreds colorbearer established herself with a GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf score in 2017 and added top-level conquests of the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup S., Jenny Wiley S. (twice), Just A Game S. and Diana S. over the past three seasons...

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Spendthrift Continues FTKNOV Buying Spree, Picks Up She's a Julie for $3M

Dual Grade I winner She's a Julie (Elusive Quality--Kydd Gloves, by Dubai Millenium {GB}) held her own during a star-studded run of mares at Fasig-Tipton November Sunday when selling for $3 million to Spendthrift Farm, who also bought Monomoy Girl (Tapizar) and Got Stormy (Get Stormy) earlier in the sale. Originally sold for $160,000 at KEESEP, the bay took a pair of Grade III events as a 3-year-old and added the GI La Troienne S. last spring before annexing the GI Ogden Phipps S. this year. The millionaire sold as...

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Monomoy Girl Lights Up 'Night of the Stars', Sells to Spendthrift for $9.5 Million

Seven hips after her onetime rival Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute) brought the hammer down for $5 million, champion and Saturday's dazzling GI Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff heroine Monomoy Girl (Tapizar--Drumette, by Henny Hughes) set a clear new highwater mark at the 'Night of the Stars' when selling to Spendthrift Farm for a jaw-dropping $9.5 million Sunday at Fasig-Tipton November. Spendthrift also brought home Got Stormy (Get Stormy) for $2.75 million earlier in the sale. Sold as hip 192 by ELiTE Sales, Monomoy Girl is one of the most popular mares...

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Midnight Bisou Hammers for $5M at FTKNOV As Co-Owner Allen Buys Out Other Partners

Superstar and champion Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute--Diva Delite, by Repent) was a predictably popular item at the Fasig-Tipton November 'Night of the Stars' Sunday, but in the end she'll go to a familiar face, as Chuck Allen, partner on the mare during her racing career, bought out the other partners and brought the hammer down at $5 million. The 5-year-old sold as hip 185, consigned by ELiTE Sales. A five-time graded stakes winner and dual Grade I winner as a sophomore, the $80,000 OBS April buy earned a runaway divisional...

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