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At Fasig-Tipton, it all stacks up

Fasig-Tipton is getting a grander look.

The auction house, now owned by a company affiliated with Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, is putting in a new entrance to its Newtown Paddocks site that will make it safer and more colorful.

Between now and Oct, 20, when Fasig-Tipton holds its next big sale, fence builders and landscapers will race to complete a 40-foot by 100-foot stone "racetrack" — an oval planter at the new entrance. About 400 tons of Kentucky limestone and sandstone will be used, along with massive stone containers on the gates, which will be pushed back from the road.

"It's going to look a lot different in 40 days," said Bill Henkel of Henkel Denmark, the landscape architecture firm that designed and is building the project.

Janet Patton