The Fasig-Tipton November sale produced some of the largest fireworks in history when Songbird sold for a healthy $9.5 million and Tepin sold for $8 million not long after her. However, as much as I enjoyed seeing these mares and being witness to their record breaking nights, I fell in love with a different mare. She wasn’t a superstar, she didn’t draw all of the media, but she was one of the most beautiful horses that I had ever seen.
The first crop yearling sires may be drawing attention this year, but Tapit seems dead-set on reminding everyone why he has been America’s leading sire for the last three years. We are four sessions into the September sale of yearlings and he has had 13 yearlings sell for upwards of $500,000, three horses that did not reach their reserve that brought a final bid of over $500,000 and not one horse that went through the ring today (sold or RNA) went for less than $275,000.
Any auction can be an overwhelming experience to someone who isn’t a frequent visitor to the sales ring.
An auction on the scale of the Keeneland September Yearling sale IS overwhelming, even for many a seasoned veteran. So, since the world famous auction is currently in progress on the grounds of this year’s Breeders’ Cup venue, I’ll take some time to explain some of the terminology and traditions that may be as foreign as another language for some people. Hopefully, by the end of the article, you won’t be quite as lost, and you’ll be able to enjoy watching an auction online or in-person without the frustration of not understanding a word of what you’re hearing or seeing.