Photos by SuperSource Media, LLC.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Dozens flocked to the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion dressed to the nines, with their cars waxed and shining for the 99th annual Saratoga Horse Sales on August 5 and 6.
The evening started off strong with the first hip, ExaggeratorFashion Cat being actioned off for $275,000. But the two-day auction did not see as many dollars as the preceding year, which closed with a $62,794,000 sales total. This year, 135 hips were sold with a closing total of $55,547,000.
Two Curlin hips, Curlin America (174) and Curlin – Wapi (153) were auctioned off for $1,500,000, making them the top sales of the Saratoga Sale. Wapi went to Aquis Farm AUS/Let’s go stable Crawford farm racing and America went to West PT., Woodford, Siena Valdes singleton Sandbrook Freeman.
Though the closing sales amount did not match the previous year, this year still had record results with a sale-record average of $411,459, an 11.4% increase on last year’s average, and a 7.1% increase over the previous record of $385,259 established in 2001. Another sales record was the median sales, which was $350,000, up 16.7% from the previous record of $300,000, set in 2017 and matched in 2018.
Sunday and Monday, August 11 and 12, will be a continuation of horse sales with the New York Bred Yearlings sale at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion.