In 1917, Fasig-Tipton, North America’s oldest Thoroughbred auction house, formed an alliance with Kentucky breeders to sell their yearlings during the Saratoga meet. The Saratoga Sale returned in 1918—the year that saw the sale of future Triple Crown winner Man o’ War—and every year after that, save for a handful of mid-century wartime years and, of course, during COVID in 2020. This year’s sale, happening August 9–10, will not only mark the return of the Saratoga Sale after two years, but also the 100th anniversary of the sale itself. We don’t know about you, but we’re sold!
The Saratoga Sale, By the Numbers
8: Kentucky Derby winners sold as yearlings at The Saratoga Sale to date
1: Triple Crown winner sold at The Saratoga Sale to date (American Pharoah’s sale in 2013 made him only the second future Triple Crown winner to be sold at public auction)
4: Belmont Stakes winners between 2012-17 that were products of The Saratoga Sale
41: Yearlings sold at the 2019 Saratoga Sale for $500,000 or more
110: Percentage of returns on stud fee at The Saratoga Sale in 2019
17: Sires whose highest-priced (or co-highest-priced) yearling of 2019 sold at The Saratoga Sale