Pike Back at Midlantic Sale With Promising Consignment

Al and Salley Pike’s Pike Racing sold the sale-topper at last year’s auction


Al and Salley Pike’s Pike Racing sold the $1.1 million sale-topping Uncle Mo  colt at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale, and the Louisiana-based operation is back this year with another promising consignment that is bound to appeal to prospective buyers during the two-day sale at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md., May 17-18.

“We are very excited,” Al Pike said. “We’ve brought a real solid group here. We have a couple of very nice Into Mischiefs. We have a beautiful Medaglia d’Oro   filly, a colt by Gun Runner   who had a great update, and a gorgeous New York-bred Curlin   colt who is a really nice horse. They all have some pedigree, they have the looks, and they performed well on the racetrack, so we’re excited.”

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Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton Announce COVID-19 Safety Protocols for September Yearling Sales

Officials from Keeneland Association and Fasig-Tipton Company Inc. today announced COVID-19 safety protocols for participants attending the upcoming September yearling sales on Sept. 9-10 at Fasig-Tipton and Sept. 13-25 at Keeneland.

“Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton are committed to providing the safest environment possible for both horses and humans on our grounds during the September sales,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason and Fasig-Tipton President Boyd T. Browning Jr. said in a joint statement. “Given the proximity of our two sales in terms of both dates and locations, it is important that we provide consistent protocols for the convenience of our participants.”

The following COVID-19 safety protocols, developed in collaboration with local and state health officials, will apply to all sales participants at Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton:

  • All consignors and their staffs, veterinarians and their staffs, farriers, van counter representatives, media and any other person who will be interfacing with the public on a daily basis are required to receive a negative COVID-19 test within 10 days of entry to the grounds. Health and government officials have advised that this concentration of individuals creates the highest risk associated with conducting the sale, and both sales companies are working to mitigate that risk.
  • For the convenience of our participants, COVID-19 testing will be available at the following locations beginning Aug 24.  Testing windows are as follows:
    • Aug. 24-25
    • Sept. 3-5
    • Aug. 24-25
    • Aug. 31, Sept. 1-2
    • Sept. 11-12
  • If a participant is not available for the testing during the above windows, please contact Keeneland or Fasig-Tipton, and we will work to make testing available.
  • COVID-19 tests do not have to be taken at Keeneland or Fasig-Tipton, however proof of a negative test must be provided within 10 days of entry to the grounds.  Keeneland will accept a negative COVID-19 test result taken prior to the Fasig-Tipton sale.
  • Buyers are not required to be tested but must complete a health questionnaire prior to the sale. Testing will be available to buyers if requested. A window may not be available to all buyers upon arrival.
  • All sales participants must pre-register online. More information on this registration process will be communicated in the coming days.
  • Daily screenings, including temperature checks and health questions, are required for everyone accessing the grounds.
  • Everyone is required to wear a face covering at all times.
  • Social distancing of at least six feet is required throughout the grounds.
  • Capacity will be limited in the sales pavilions, including the sales arena, and throughout the grounds.

Neither September sale is open to the public. Attendance will be limited to credentialed sales participants.

For more information and updates on safety protocols, please visit Keeneland.com/September and Fasigtipton.com.

For more information, contact Keeneland (859 361-3490) or Fasig-Tipton (859 255-1555)

Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton And Ocala Breeders’ Sales Announce Major Reforms To Medication And Riding Crop Policies For 2-Year-Old Sales

Officials from Keeneland Association, Fasig-Tipton Company Inc. and Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company Inc. today jointly announced significant changes to policies regarding medication, including restriction of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and a ban on bronchodilators at all 2-year-old sales, and limited use of riding crops at under tack shows. The revised Conditions of Sale for each sales company take effect March 2020.

These proactive measures demonstrate continued uniformity among the United States’ three largest Thoroughbred auction houses and are the latest round of leadership reforms undertaken in recent years, following action in 2009 to ban the use of anabolic steroids in sales horses and last year’s ban on the off-label use of bisphosphonates in horses younger than four years old.

Keeneland president and CEO Bill Thomason, Fasig-Tipton president Boyd T. Browning Jr. and OBS President Tom Ventura said in a joint statement: “We continue to refine and adapt our policies with the overriding goal of protecting both the human and equine athletes while providing our customers the best opportunity for success at the racetrack.”

Medication Reforms

The following changes in the medication rules will be in place for all 2-year-old sales at each of the three auction companies:

– No more than one NSAID may be administered. Stacking of NSAIDS is prohibited; and

– Bronchodilators (Clenbuterol, Albuterol and all other bronchodilators) are prohibited substances and may not be administered.

No medication may be administered 24 hours prior to a horse’s performance in an under tack show. The schedule for administration of permitted medication at Keeneland’s April 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale will be governed by the rules of racing as set forth by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

Use of a Riding Crop and Spurs at an Under Tack Show

All three sales companies now prohibit the excessive use of a riding crop on the track. Under the enhanced guidelines, a rider may remove his or her hands from the reins and strike a horse once behind the girth only prior to the starting pole at which the horse begins to breeze. At any time after the start of the breeze, a rider may only use the riding crop while both hands are holding the reins and may not strike the horse behind the girth. A rider is prohibited from striking the horse in any manner beyond the finish line. In situations where the safety of the horse or rider is in jeopardy, a riding crop may be used in front of the girth. Spurs are not allowed.

Any infraction of this policy may result in a substantial fine to be paid by the consignor, and chronic offenders may be banned from riding on the sales grounds.

Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland Push Back Starting Dates Of November Mixed Sales

Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland have pushed back the starting dates of their respective signature November mixed sales by a day to allow more time for travel and inspection following the Breeders’ Cup, which takes place Nov. 1-2.

Fasig-Tipton has adjusted the date of its selected breeding stock sale, The November Sale, to Tuesday, Nov. 5. The sale had previously been scheduled for Nov. 4.

Keeneland announced that its 2019 November Breeding Stock Sale will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at noon, and run through Sunday, Nov. 17. The November Sale was originally scheduled to begin Tuesday, Nov. 5.


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OwnerView Accepting Nominations for “New Owner of the Year” Award

OwnerView today announced that it is accepting nominations for the 2019 New Owner of the Year Award, presented by Fasig-Tipton, which will honor a new Thoroughbred owner who has been successful in the sport and had a positive impact on the industry.

The deadline for nominations is September 30, 2019. The award will be presented at the Thoroughbred Owner Conference at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., scheduled to be held October 28 through October 30, 2019, in the week leading up to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Nominees for the New Owner of the Year Award must have made their first start as a Thoroughbred owner in the past four years, had an ownership stake in a horse at the time it won a stakes race in the past 12 months, and had a verifiable owner license in 2019.

Anyone, including current owners, can nominate an owner who meets the criteria for the award. Thoroughbred performance as well as a nominee’s promotion of the sport will be considered. A selection committee that includes industry personnel and established owners will choose the winner.

Past recipients of the New Owner of the Year Award include Sol Kumin, LNJ Foxwoods, Charles and Susan Chu, and the Churchill Downs Racing Club.

“The annual Thoroughbred Owner Conference celebrates Thoroughbred ownership, so it is the perfect venue to present the New Owner of the Year Award,” said Gary Falter, project manager for OwnerView.

To submit a nomination, please contact Gary Falter for a nomination form at (859) 224-2803 or gfalter@jockeyclub.com.

More information about the Thoroughbred Owner Conference, including online registration, can be found at ownerview.com.

OwnerView is a joint effort spearheaded by The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association to encourage ownership of Thoroughbreds and provide accurate information on trainers, public racing syndicates, the process of purchasing and owning a Thoroughbred, racehorse retirement, and owner licensing.

Formed in 1898, Fasig-Tipton is North America’s oldest Thoroughbred auction house. With headquarters in Lexington, Ky., the company conducts 14 sales annually in California, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, and New York.

Big World Sells for $725,000 at Fasig Tipton

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Louisiana bred, Big World (Custom For Carlos-Tensas Wedding Joy) wins the G1 La Troienne Stakes at Churchill Downs, May 5, 2017. Barbara Livingston photo.


Champion Louisiana Bred filly Big World sold Monday, November 6, at the Fasig Tipton November Sale in Lexington, Kentucky for $725,000. The Grade 1 stakes winner brought the highest price to date for a Louisiana bred. She was among the top 25% of horses sold in the record breaking auction which saw the highest gross in the sale’s history. She was purchased by Katsumi Yoshida from the consignment of Bluewater Sales, LLC.

“This is a fine Grade 1 winning Louisiana Bred mare. She is by a stallion who stands here in Louisiana that is really turning heads,” says Roger Heitzmann, III, Secretary/Treasurer of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association. “As I have said in the past, I see the path for Louisiana breds moving in a positive direction as we go forward.”

Bred in Louisiana by Curt Leake and Elm Tree Farm, LLC (Michelle & Jody Huckabay), Big World has earned $629,190 to date with a record of 7 wins and 5 thirds from 13 starts including the 2017 G1 La Troienne Stakes at Churchill Downs and the G3 Tempted Stakes at Aqueduct.  Her dam Tensas Wedding Joy is an unraced daughter of Broken Vow. She is by Custom For Carlos who is among the leading sires in Louisiana as well as the top 15 third crop sires currently standing in North America. Custom For Carlos stands at Clear Creek Stud in Folsom,  Louisiana for a 2018 fee of $3,500 Live Foal.

Louisiana breds continue to improve in value on the national sales stage. A full brother to Big World Sold in March of this year for $400,000 at Fasig Tipton Gulfsteam, while a year ago, another Louisiana bred, a colt by Curlin-Moonlight Love sold for $350,000 at Keeneland September.

Big World to Sell at Fasig-Tipton November

Maggi Moss will offer this year’s GI La Troienne S. winner Big World (Custom for Carlos–Tensas Wedding Joy, by Broken Vow) at the upcoming Fasig-Tipton November Sale through the Bluewater Sales consignment. The 4-year-old Louisiana bred filly, a five-time stakes winner, captured the 2015 GIII Tempted S. as a 2-year-old. She capped a four-race win streak with a 1 1/4-length victory in the May 5 La Troienne. On the board in all but one of 13 starts to date, Big World has won seven times for earnings of $629,190.

“Big World has taken me on a great journey and her victory in the La Troienne was a highlight of my career as an owner,” Moss said.

Big World’s juvenile full-sibling Gracida, a $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream purchase by Amr Zedan, was a front-running winner of his debut at Del Mar Saturday.



Custom For Carlos Two-Year-Old; Full Brother to Big World Brings $400,000 at Fasig Tipton Gulfstream Sale

A 2015 Louisiana bred colt by Custom For Carlos out of Tensas Wedding Joy sold for $400,000 at the Fasig Tipton Gulfstream Sale, Wednesday, March 1. The chestnut colt is a full brother to Graded Stakes winner Big World who has  5 wins from 9 starts to date including the G3 Tempted S., Louisiana Champions Day Ladies S., LA Bred Premier Night Distaff S., etc.

He was bred in Louisiana by Curt Leake and Elmtree Farm, LLC. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc., he was puchased by Dennis O’Neill for brother trainer Doug O’Neill. Among the top runners the O’Neill barn has delivered are Derby winners Nyquist and I’ll Have Another.