Five hundred horses are cataloged for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in Training to be held May 18 and 19 in the sales pavilion in Timonium, Md.
The catalog shrunk 23.1 percent from last year’s total of 650, as the sale was downsized on purpose, Fasig-Tipton’s director of marketing, Terence Collier, told The Blood-Horse.
In a major change from recent years, the tents at the back of the stable area have been eliminated.
“It’s very difficult to put up tents at Timonium, and when the number of horses reached a level that we could not safely accommodate, we cut it off,” Collier said. “It [having tents]
is not the ideal situation for consignors or the horses. Tents work for more sedentary horses like broodmares and foals, but 2-year-olds in training are tougher to deal with in that situation.”
A number of upgrades are planned, including a business center and fl at screen televisions for viewing workout videos, which will be shot in a high definition format. There also will be a “vastly improved” repository, according to Collier.
The auction will begin each day at 10 a.m. (EDT). The under tack show will be held May 13 and May 14, starting at 10 a.m. each day.