Kentucky's horse industry is used to coping with drought, but the dry weather got personal Monday at Fasig-Tipton. As consignors and would-be buyers roamed the grounds ahead of Tuesday's yearling sale, they were accompanied by trucks ferrying in barrels of fresh water.
Sometime before 5 a.m., a water line broke leading into the sales company grounds off Newtown Pike, said Boyd Browning, Fasig-Tipton president. "Probably caused by settlement due to the drought," Browning said just after noon. He said officials hoped to have water service restored to barns and restrooms within an hour.
"At least it happened today and not when there were 100-degree temperatures," Browning said.
For the yearling market kick-off, Fasig-Tipton is expecting a "very solid sale," Browning said. For 2012's selected one-day sale, 338 yearlings were catalogued. That figure is up almost 12 percent from 2011.