Good Morning Everyone,
I hope you had a lovely weekend. Mine was perfect! I’m still elated over the fabulous JANUARY weather we are enjoying here in Kentucky. I understand from many of your comments that it is unseasonably warm in the rest of the country as well. Cheers to enjoying these “warm” moments!
Today marks the beginning of the “JANUARY HORSES OF ALL AGES SALE” at Keeneland. It is the first thoroughbred ‘auction’ of 2012 and it will take place for the next 4 days. It offers horses of ALL AGES…not just specifically YEARLINGS as the September Sale or 2 YEAR OLDS IN TRAINING as the April Sale does. This sale is much more open in its’ offerings. Upon completion, the industry will analyze the data and results to help them forecast the ‘climate’ of future sales for our new year. It is a very interesting concept to follow.
If you’d like to view the Keeneland activities, the LIVE feed of the auction may be seen at www.keenelandsales.com. On their web-site, they will also display the various catalog pages for you to review. You will have the opportunity to see the manner in which the family pedigree is presented. As I mentioned to you last week…it is always charted through the female branch of a horse’s family.
As you look through a sales catalog, it is interesting to note that each horse has a CONSIGNOR (a farm or agency acting on behalf of the seller for the sale) and is given a HIP NUMBER. Everything for a particular horse during the sale is referenced by these 2 things.
The way a horse is placed in the catalog and given a particular HIP number for sales purposes is very organized and detailed by the sales company. They want to keep it very specific for all of the sales entrants, their clients, and the consignors. The day a horse sells is firstly determined by which day his/her consignor is selling….for example, Monday or Tuesday etc. Different consignors sell on different days. Once this is determined, the horse is given a HIP NUMBER.
The HIP NUMBER is established by applying a two-fold process: (1) which day the consignor is selling and (2) alphabetically listing each horse selling on that day by name or if unnamed by the first letter of the MARE’S NAME.
The sales company varies the LETTER that is used to start posting the HIPS in the catalog for a particular sale. They do not always begin with the letter “A” and end with “Z”…they vary it. This system of changing the LETTER which starts off each sale seems to work well for everyone.
This is TOO CUTE! The photo for this year’s catalog cover was taken by “Z” (gotta’ love her name)…a terrific woman. You may have seen her work in various industry magazines and periodicals. From one “Z” to another….GREAT JOB!
Enjoy watching the sale!
Hugs to All~(Here’s wishing Garrett Gomez all the best following yesterday’s incident leaving the paddock at Santa Anita)