The Marathon Begins…..

The Marathon approaches. In approximately 9 days the fall yearling sales will begin with the new Fasig Tipton Turf Showcase (171 hips) followed by about 13 days of selling at Keeneland (4138 hips).   Indications from Fasig Tipton July and Saratoga Select (and New York Bred) sales show that the market is good and we can expect some spirited participation throughout the majority of these days ahead. I think the market guru Bill Oppenheim will predict an overall increase in demand for what continues to be a contraction of the overall foal crop. I missed a lot of classes early in … … …

A Productive Spring & the Approaching Yearling Sales

The summer is absolutely flying by!  Hard to believe that the Saratoga race meet is a month from its start, horses ship in to Newtown Pike next Thursday for the Fasig-Tipton Summer Yearling Sale and the Fourth of July is next week.  The recently concluded two-year-old sale season was a robust market and I was able to attend the four major sales (Fasig-Tipton’s Florida Sale, OBS March, OBS April and Fasig-Tipton Midlantic) as a participant.  I clocked horses at the Gulfstream Park and OBS March venues and assisted Al Goldberg to purchase three nice colts for Colts Neck Stables there … … …

Reflections on the Kentucky Derby

Here we are in the week after the Kentucky Derby and as I lick my wounds from not handicapping it right (again), it is pretty easy to make very good sense of the result given the track bias toward speed that day. A couple of horses that figured to be in the mix had trouble (CLASSIC EMPIRE and MCCRAKEN), more than a couple didn’t belong, and the winner made more sense than ever when you think that Johnny V. and Todd Pletcher had gone 0 for 10 when trying to get it done together. That is a stat that could … … …