Here & There October 8

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The Thoroughbred industry returned to Saratoga Springs for the extended weekend – at least in the afternoon hours, with plenty of horses still training at the Oklahoma Training Track – and we were there for the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed and horses of racing age sale.

Take A Number

3 – Six-figure horses sold, compared to just one last year.

6 – Horses Linda Rice signed for, including weanling fillies by Flatter for $75,000 and Girolamo and Einstein for $42,000 apiece for Lexicon Stable

19 – Horses led out of the ring without a minimum bid of $1,000.

54 – Horses not sold.

179 – Horses sold.

82,000 – Price of sale’s most expensive weanling, filly by Pioneerof the Nile, compared to Munnings filly that sold for $67,000 as highest priced weanling a year ago.

150,000 – Price paid by Ken and Sarah Ramsey for Secret Union, stakes-placed 3-year-old filly by Dixie Union

208,000 – Total price of four weanlings purchased by leading buyer Chris Baccari’s Jumping Jack Racing


Worth Repeating

“I might venture that this mare might get bred to Kitten’s Joy.”-EQB ‘s Patti Miller, who signed for sale topper on behalf of Ken and Sarah Ramsey.

“Here I am, another horse sale.”-Paramount Stable’s Pat Costello, probably going non-stop since July at sales in Kentucky, New York, Maryland and New York again.

“It’s a horsemen’s game. We play once a week … a bunch of slow, old guys. You should come.”-Saratoga Glen Farm’s Dan Barraclough to TIHR’s Tom Law.

“I knew they were going to bid.”-Auctioneer Tom Biederman as a waving Carrie Brogden and Becky Thomas finally got a bid in on Hip 201, weanling filly by Archarcharch. Foxtale bought filly for $70,000.

“Don’t be bull— these guys that you’re Irish now, you’re Italian.”-Jim Crupi to Costello, talking with the (2) members of the press corps covering the sale.

“I’m glad to see you finally had a honeymoon.”-Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning to Tom Law.

“Talk to Terence about that”-Browning when asked by TDN’s Mike Kane to considering buying an ad in the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters’ annual awards dinner program.

“I think you need to talk to Boyd about that.”-Fasig-Tipton Director of Marketing Terence Collier, standing behind Kane