Bloodstock agents Nick Sallusto and Hanzly Albina have purchased top runners at a variety of public auctions. The 2014 Fasig-Tipton October Yearling sale was especially fruitful as the sharp-eyed duo purchased a pair of future stakes winners.
Among those is 2017 Graded stakes winner Awesome Slate (pictured below) who used a sensational middle move to take down the BC Premier’s Handicap (G3) on October 9. The son of Belmont Stakes hero Summer Bird was purchased by Nick and Hanzly for $30,000 from St George Sales on October 20, 2014. He had previously won the Canadian Juvenile at two and ran third in the Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs during his sophomore season.
After a promising Rock Hard Ten colt failed to meet his reserve in the ring that same afternoon, Nick and Hanzly swooped in to purchase after the sale. Later named Kristofferson, he too proved a precocious juvenile, capturing the Birdcatcher Stakes (over Awesome Slate) followed by a good second in the Ascot Graduation Stakes to cap off his two-year-old year.
This year’s Fasig-Tipton October sales has over 1,400 yearlings in queue for this year’s four-day run. That’s a 17% increase over last year and continues the auction’s upward trajectory.
Daily Racing Form Breeding correspondent Joe Nevills summed up the emergence of the October sale in an October 19 post: Boyd Browning, Fasig-Tipton’s president, said the auction’s growth from a last-stop sale to a market milepost comes from continued results, both in the sale ring and on the racetrack, and a diverse slate of offerings. Horses in the catalog were bred in 23 different jurisdictions in the United States, Canada, and Ireland.
“We’ve found a lot of good horses at all the Fasig-Tipton sales and the way the October sale has grown in numbers and prestige among buyers and consignors, it’s a been really great place for us to buy,” Hanzly commented. “I think Nick and I were early to recognize where this sale was heading and to target it accordingly.”
The 2017 Fasig-Tipton October Yearling sale kicks off on Monday, October 23 in Lexington Kentucky.