Fasig-Tipton's two-night Saratoga Sale of Selected Yearlings begins at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and the Paulick Report is pleased to offer the first of two PR Special newsletters for distribution both on the sale grounds and online.
In today's edition of the PR Special, bloodstock editor Joe Nevills traces the earliest days of the sale company back to 1899, when William B. Fasig sent a telegram to the media announcing that he and Ed Tipton had incorporated as Fasig, Tipton & Co. The company's first Thoroughbred auction was held in June 1899 in New York's old Madison Square Garden, where it remained until 1921 – by which time Fasig-Tipton had established roots upstate in Saratoga Springs, selling the great Man o' War as a yearling in 1918.
In the Stallion Spotlight feature, Frank Mitchell writes about the return from Japan of classic winner and sire of sires Empire Maker, whose first American crop while standing at Antony Beck's Gainesway are yearlings of 2018. Mitchell also takes a look at some of the sale's top hips in Five to Watch, and Chelsea Hackbarth profiles 2016 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga graduate Bolt d'Oro, a multiple Grade 1 winner and millionaire. Finally, in Rood and Riddle Ask Your Veterinarian, Dr. Raul Bras explains foot conformation and how the “ideal” foot is rarely found outside of a textbook.
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