The news has broken that John Asher has passed on from an apparent heart attack. His passion for the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs will be long-remembered by everyone he leaves behind. The Casual Galloper joins the rest of the racing community in mourning for the loss of one of the largest and most personable figures in racing.
Session 3 of the sale (while still part of Book 1) starts some of the more interesting pedigrees for me, as many of these yearlings come with a racing family, but won’t require you to go into debt for the rest of your life to afford them like some of their earlier counterparts. This session begins on Wednesday, September 12th and the bidding will begin with HIP 496 at 11:00 AM.
Session 2 starts on Tuesday, September 11th at 11:00 AM, beginning with HIP 249 and ending with 495; as a reminder, the sale does stream online through the Keeneland website and you can also attend the sale in person, though you cannot sit in the auction ring area, as those are reserved for buyers. They don’t want you accidentally purchasing a half million dollar yearling by scratching your nose at the wrong person. 😉
The granddaddy of all yearling sales is just around the corner, and my initial glance of the first three sessions has revealed that this could be a fantastic sale if everyone gets to the ring and meets the reserve price. There is a little bit of everything this year: full and half siblings to superstars, sires, and producing dams; yearlings with a catalog page that probably should have been printed purple with 24k golden borders, and the first crop of the Triple Crown hero, American Pharoah.