Hammer Time

March 2008 - Posts

Hammer Time With Mahan

Ryan Mahan, the MC Hammer of the Thoroughbred auction business, talks about what it's like to be the head auctioneer for some of the Thoroughbred business' most prestigious and exciting auctions.... Read More

A Colt Named "Woody"

"Woody" wasn't the most expensive or best bred horse at the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training. But he might have been the toughest. More ...... Read More

Sale Food

When you go to a sale, you pretty much are part of a captive audience when it comes to dining. You eat what's available. Sometimes that's a good thing, and sometimes it's not. My favorite sale dining experience has been at the outdoor bar on the Fasig-Tipton sale grounds in Saratoga Springs. I love the corn on the cob and the thin, stringy French fries and there's a nice choice of sandwiches. Yum. ... Read More

Only Embers at Fasig

The Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training, with its fancy pedigrees, is the best gauge of the health of the top of juvenile market. For the second year in a row, there was no significant skirmish between John Ferguson and Demi O'Byrne, nor was another buyer, such as the flamboyant Fusao Sekiguchi,who was willing to take them on in a big battle. In addition, former challengers like Satish Sanan and Jess Jackson, seemed to have backed off a little bit and are content to shop at a slightly lower level. As a result, the very top of the market didn't really catch fire.... Read More

Galpin's Death

The death of Richard Galpin came as a shock. He attended the under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training and was in good spirits even though his face was banged up. Laughing, he explained that he had fallen in a parking lot the night before. Then, just days later, he was gone.... Read More

Spicy Speightstown

Based on the results of the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training, Speightstown is winning the popularity contest among first-crop sires. He was the top-ranked first-crop stallion and the second-ranked sire for the auction overall because of the average price of $751,250 for his four offspring that were sold.... Read More

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