Woodbine To Sponsor Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase Sale

by | 07.13.2017 | 2:48pm
Woodbine Racecourse

Woodbine Racetrack will be the presenting sponsor of Fasig-Tipton's inaugural Turf Showcase Sale to be held on September 10 in Lexington, Kentucky.

The Turf Showcase, Presented by Woodbine Racetrack, is the first North American yearling sale exclusively for horses with “turf appeal.” Woodbine recently announced the construction of a second turf course to compliment its heralded E.P. Taylor Turf Course.

“Woodbine Entertainment is proud to partner with a forward thinking organization like Fasig-Tipton, a name synonymous with the most esteemed in Thoroughbred racing,” said Jonathan Zammit, Woodbine's Vice-President of Thoroughbred Racing. “Both organizations recognize the growing popularity of turf racing in North America and Fasig-Tipton's innovative turf pedigree sale concept fits well with Woodbine's exciting investment in our grass racing program as we add a second turf course in 2019 to go along with our world-renowned E.P. Taylor Turf Course.”

Woodbine's lucrative turf racing program includes five internationally renowned Grade 1 races.

“We are thrilled to partner with such a first-class racing operation in Woodbine, which offers one of the finest turf racing programs in the sport and attracts strong international participation,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “This is a perfect partnership, as our new Turf Showcase sale is also designed to be international in nature, and is representative of the ever-increasing prevalence of turf racing and breeding in North America.”

The Turf Showcase, Presented by Woodbine Racetrack, will be held on Sunday, September 10 at Fasig-Tipton's Newtown Paddocks in Lexington, Kentucky. Catalogues will be available in early August.

  • John Murray

    Well done Woodbine,
    Vision, leadership and planning, reminiscent of E. Plunket Taylor, How about a fall Turf ‘Pegasus’-like Graded Stakes, for N.American, then world’s best turf horse.

    “Go Long, Go Green”!

    • Elle D

      I’m looking forward to this.

    • Rene Lawand

      John, you are sooo right. E. P. Taylor was a great visionary. Imagine you could have purchased Northern Dancer for $25,000. That breeding decision was superbly thought out.

  • Concerned Observer

    Hate to be a wet blanket, but there are lots of turf pedigrees in most sales that sell at a deep discount because of their pedigree. If a turf horse is not allowance quality, there are few places to run them…especially with Colonial gone, and KY Downs going very upscale.

    • John Murray

      I agree, you are accurate regarding many turf pedigrees, which are underappreciated, and the lack of proper turf venues.
      Good turf horses are therefore more reasonably priced and many existing known dirt horse pedigrees are also good turf performers. Additionally, many low Turf Tomlinson performance numbers do surprise on the turf.
      Often horses with turf breeding and/or high turf Tomlinson no’s, run exclusively at dirt only tracks and rarely see turf, if ever. There is no turf course in Canada, west of Woodbine, and a handful between California -Kentucky, such as Turf Paradise, Remington, Prairie Meadows in the mid-western plains.

      Notably, Wesley Ward’s recent successful forays to Ascot, specifically, Tepin-Casse have raised the bar for cross Atlantic form confirmation of a top NA turf competitor.

      There is plenty to be optimistic about, as far as NA bloodlines go in relation to turf success.

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