Sales dates moved to accommodate Breeders' Cup

A scheduling crunch that could have impacted two of the Thoroughbred industry's major sales was resolved on Thursday when Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton sales companies announced changes to their November sales schedule to accommodate horsemen attending the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita on Nov. 6-7.

Keeneland's November Breeding Stock sale, normally slated to begin that Monday, will now begin Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. and will run through Sunday, Nov. 22.

The Fasig-Tipton Selected Mixed Sale, which was scheduled to be held Nov. 9-10 in two evening sessions, will now be held on Nov. 10 beginning at 5 p.m.

In a joint statement, Keeneland President Nick Nicholson and Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning said, "We felt this was the right thing to do given the significance of the Breeders' Cup. By adjusting our sales schedules, we will enable horsemen attending the Breeders' Cup to fully participate in the November sales schedule."

Last year's Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park was held on Oct. 24-25, giving horsemen nearly a full week between the end of the World Championships and the start of the auctions.

While the run-up to the sale dates was taken into consideration, Breeders' Cup President Greg Avioli said the decision to hold the event in November this year was made in part to allow for more time between the conclusion of major prep races and the start of the World Championships.

"It allows for a month between the major preps in Europe, particularly the Arc de Triomphe (on Oct. 4), and puts it a week further out from the Keeneland meet which gives more runners time to prepare," Avioli said. "Also from a marketing standpoint, it puts us beyond the World Series."