There is always something going on in Saratoga Springs throughout the summer, but this week has been particularly jam-packed. We headed to the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Yearling Sale to see if we could commence the latest class!
Drafting the next round of stable stars is an involved process comprised of multiple steps and a few opinions. Our focus is on identifying colts with the potential to be outstanding racehorses and desirable stallion prospects. After combing through the catalogue for pedigrees that mesh well with our goals, the physical inspections begin. Dr. Stephen Carr, Paula Parsons, and Don Little, Jr., each examine the group. Sales evaluations include observing the horse, assessing their walk, and a veterinary appraisal. Each individual involved in the process brings a unique perspective to make sure no stone goes unturned.
Of course, the potential athletes who make the shortlist are bound to have caught the eye of others, some of whom come with awfully deep pockets. Unfortunately, across the board increases in total sales, average, and median left us empty-handed at the end of the two-day sale. Undeterred, we are on to the next group. The Fasig-Tipton team has assembled another strong catalogue for the NY Bred Preferred Yearlings sale, commencing on Saturday, August 15. New York-breds are eligible for some of the nation’s biggest purses and are a constant presence in the country’s biggest races. Recent graduates of the sale include Breeders’ Cup winner Dayatthespa and millionaire graded stakes winner Upstart.
We are looking forward to seeing how we fare over the weekend. Hope you’ll join us as Team Centennial builds toward the future in search of the next Colonial Affair, Corinthian, or Wicked Strong!