Fasig-Tipton held its “Night of the Stars” breeding-stock sale in Lexington yesterday. The numbers are staggering:
149 horses were sold; gross sales, over $100 million (average sale, almost $700K).
26 individual horses sold for $1 million-plus apiece.
The 11-year-old “broodmare” Magical World – who is currently pregnant – sold for $5.2 million. (A consignor, Meg Levy, said this: “In our interactions with the Japanese buyers, they are so detailed…. I’ve sold many pregnant horses to Japan, and they call and find out what the horses’ history is and what the mare does when she’s foaling.”)
The still-active (just raced in Breeders’ Cup) filly Shedaresthedevil sold for $5 million.
4-year-old Swiss Skydiver, $4.7 million.
And a “weanling” (under a year old) filly – just “Hip 107” because she doesn’t even have a name yet – sold for $750,000.
The above represents an obscenity on two levels. First, the setting, and of course the actual trading, cannot help but remind of auctions gone by…
(As it’s a good bet that virtually every animal activist on the planet would have also embraced 19th Century abolitionism, no need to apologize for the parallel.)
Second, consider how many horses could have been saved from the shackle, hoist, and slash – slaughter, that is – by those tens of millions of dollars. Obscene, indeed.