So has everyone recovered from Breeders’ Cup? It was indeed an exciting two days of racing and, most importantly, it was an injury-free two days of racing. After the tragedy of George Washington last year and Pine Island and Fleet Indian breaking down the year before that (Fleet Indian thankfully recovered), it was refreshing to not see the ambulance make an appearance this time around.
We only have a short time to catch our breath, however, as both the Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland November sales are set to take place, both of which feature a number of top quality offerings including Broodmare of the Year Better Than Honour who is set to sell at Fasig-Tipton Sunday night. One of the best parts of the sales season is it also marks the time of year when many of the top farms hold open houses to showcase their stallions for the upcoming breeding season.
Among the farms that will be holding open houses in the coming weeks are Adena Springs (Nov. 1 from 4-8 p.m.); Ashford Stud (Nov. 1-8 with Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up Henrythenavigator and Majestic Warrior available for inspection), Darley (starting Nov. 1 12:30-3:30 p.m.), Gainesway Farm (Oct. 31-Nov. 17 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), Lane’s End (Nov. 1-14 10 a.m. 2 p.m.), and WinStar Farm (Nov. 1-5 10 a.m.-3 p.m.).
While the open houses are primarily for breeders, most farms understand that fans also enjoy the rare chance to get up close to some of the sport’s greatest stallions and visit some of their past heroes. After all, it’s not every day you get one-on-one time with such great champions as A.P. Indy or Tiznow (Tiznow will beg for mints, by the way. Literally). So if you’re dying to check out your favorite stallion – or just visit one of these gorgeous farms – take advantage of these offerings over the next couple weeks.
And speaking of visits, don’t forget that tomorrow is the public welcome ceremony for Alysheba at Kentucky Horse Park!