The Marathon approaches. In approximately 9 days the fall yearling sales will begin with the new Fasig Tipton Turf Showcase (171 hips) followed by about 13 days of selling at Keeneland (4138 hips). Indications from Fasig Tipton July and Saratoga Select (and New York Bred) sales show that the market is good and we can expect some spirited participation throughout the majority of these days ahead. I think the market guru Bill Oppenheim will predict an overall increase in demand for what continues to be a contraction of the overall foal crop. I missed a lot of classes early in my college career (I mistakenly tried to do this in the rowdiest city in America – New Orleans) but I didn’t miss the one where they told us that a reduction in supply coupled with similar demand will result in increased prices every time. My prediction is we will see a slight increase at the top and the overall average will be flat.
There is a tremendous worldwide appetite for the best horses Kentucky farms are able to raise and bring to market each year. Contrary to what some of the critics of the horses we breed and race here in the good old USA (and in particular in Central Kentucky) would have you believe – with our dependence on performance enhancing drugs and race day medication policies – they will be here in droves from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the U. A. E. and from the far reaches of China and Australia to buy our very best. There will be drama this year in the ring unlike many in recent years if the brothers from Dubai show up as has been predicted and they decide to throw their weight around like they used to against the likes of Magnier, Tabor and whoever else the Irish throw their arms around to partner up with to win the best they can find with their highest bid. It should be fun to watch and even more fun to participate in.
Lucky Seven Stables (the Mackin family in Louisville) have been clients of mine for a long time. They are currently racing a few home breds out of daughters of two fillies I helped them buy as yearlings back in 1999. One recently won a stakes in Louisiana and will try to make it two for two if she gets in at Kentucky Downs called the G3 Ramsey Farm Stakes (SISTER BLUES) and the other recently won the Canadian Derby (G3) (CHIEF KNOW IT ALL). Here is a nice article written about Chief Know It All and Lucky Seven Stables:
If anyone has not gotten themselves organized for the marathon referenced above and wants to have a chat about what I can do to help, please don’t hesitate to email or call.
See you on the bricks.