Tuesday, August 18 is the WTBOA Annual Yearling and Mixed Sale. The sale is open to the public and takes place at the MJ Alhadeff Sales Pavilion located at the North end of the Emerald Downs property (instead of turning at the stop sign by the Quarterchute Cafe, continue North and you’ll see the building). The sale starts at 2 pm.
The seating is free and completely open, no reservations required. You are permitted to move freely from the sales pavilion to walking area to barn area. Just don’t sit in the very front rows as they are typically reserved.
There are hot dogs and beverages available for purchase. Children are welcome as well but must be watched and be well-behaved as the yearlings can be very jumpy and they need to perform their best for potential buyers.
Viewing of yearlings takes place beginning Saturday, August 15, 8 am – 4 pm up until the time of the sale. The viewing can be accessed through the NORTH stable gate located right near the Pavilion. Then walk straight back to the temporary stalls (white barns) where they are all housed.
If you’d like a catalog, pop in at the WTBOA offices located adjacent to the Sales Pavilion and they have them available. They are free. The catalog is also available online.
Many of the yearlings also have their photos posted.
If you’ve never been to a sale before, take a quick look at this video of Zenyatta selling as a yearling at Keeneland (if you are viewing this in your email, the video won’t show. Visit the blog http://www.emeraldracingclub.com to see the videos)
In the Thoroughbred industry the sales are the main mechanism for owners to acquire racehorses. A sale may be for yearlings, two-year-olds in training, horses of racing age, breeding stock, or mixed sale. The WTBOA sale is primarily for yearlings (hip # 1 – 105) and then has a small number of horses in the mixed sale (hip # 200 – 208). The hip number is referred to as such because an identification sticker is placed on the horse’s hip. The horse is then referred to as “hip #1”.
The horses you’ll see at the sale include the yearlings that you saw on the farm tours earlier this spring. If you took a fancy to one of them, you may bid on the horse!
Sales can be exciting and are fun to watch. In order not to be overwhelmed, pick out a couple of horses from the catalog that you like. Maybe you recognize the name of the sire or dam or even remember them racing at Emerald Downs. Then go view that yearling in the stable area and be sure to watch it go through the ring to see how much money it sells for.
A couple of you expressed an interest in possibly forming a partnership to purchase a yearling. If this is of interest, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get you all in communication with one another.
As it gets closer, there are also a few members of the WTBOA board that have volunteered to walk Emerald Racing Club members around and show you the yearlings.