Members Only: Inside the Hong Kong International Sale
Hong Kong doesn't have its own breeding program – the land required is too scarce and too expensive. Instead, Hong Kong imports its Thoroughbreds from around the world. Not only do connections buy their own horses, but the Hong Kong Jockey Club also purchases promising runners from other countries, pays for their training and development, and offers them at auction.
Those who want to get in on the bidding pay dues to become members of the Jockey Club, but that doesn't assure them a chance to buy. It's one of several differences between the Hong Kong sales and the kind you might see elsewhere.
Saturday, as Sha Tin Racecourse prepared for its biggest day of the year, the Jockey Club held its December Sale. The Paulick Report's Scott Jagow was on hand to share with us the unique experience.