Terry Finley- We didn’t end up making any purchases at Fasig Tipton. Out of over 160 horses catalogued, only 60 found new homes. With that said, it was a very strong sale from a price standpoint, with the average at about $320,000. It looks like the market is picking up.
There were definitely some horses we liked, but there is more value found elsewhere. We've assembled a solid bunch of juveniles from Barretts and OBS. More to come.
Tom Bellhouse- Sunday morning in Boynton Beach. Had a nice afternoon at the races with Terry, Jeff, Erin, and some Partners after looking at horses over at the sale for most of the morning. I saw a horses that really caught my eye in Friday’s breeze show, and others that really stood out from a conformation and looks standpoint. Still trying to figure out who makes the cut and gets onto the initial “short list.”
The stride analysis technology we’ve started using this year is very interesting and my time spent at the sale has been educational. We’re meeting the buying team and Partners over on the sales grounds around 9:30 today and then we’re getting right to work. About 20 more horses to evaluate in the flesh, and then it’s time to see who vets, looks good in slow motion, and passes the vet exam.
Gold Megillah ran a great race in yesterday’s Rushaway. We purchased this son of Purim last year at this sale, and he’s been a fun horse for his Partners. He proved yesterday that he can hang with stakes horses, and I’m really excited about the rest of his 3-year-old campaign.
Today we run Awesome Vision, a NY-bred trained by Mike Hushion who’s looking for second win. He won really impressively around two turns to break his maiden, and it's a short field today. Expect him to go off around even money. I may or may not head to the windows today. :)
Had a great dinner on Friday night at a new restaurant in Deerfield Beach called Frank and Dino’s. It’s owned by a friend of WPT’s who owns horses, and I’d highly recommend you head over there when in the area.
Our OBS 2-year-olds are attracting a great deal of attention. All five of them look like real athletes and settled in very well at Kip Elser’s Kirkwood Farm in Camden, South Carolina. The WPT team has been busy in the offics since the OBS Sale and are preparing to head south for the next major 2-year-old in training sale, also known as “Fasig Tipton Florida.” Terry Finley, Erin Finley, Jeff Lifson, and Tom Bellhouse head to the Sunshine State on Thursday to prepare for Friday’s breeze show. We’ll be busy looking at horses Saturday and Sunday before the sale takes place on Monday. Be sure to check back daily as we’ll be blogging from the sales grounds.