The weanling was a study of contrast. She was as cool as a cucumber. Even thought she had over 100 groups look over every inch of her, she kept her composure and she was walked in front of onlookers before the auction. Two different groups of two people stopped the weanling to give her a closer look. After their inspections were completed, they made notes in their sales catalogs. This composure was especially impressive considering she was late May foal. A weanling colt that was foaled in February was to be sold 2 horses after the Bodemeister filly and he was acting up raring, bucking and snorting. Dr. Sinatra feared that this would affect the Bodemeister weanling, but it never did. She kept her focus.
Soon the time had come for Sage Cat to be led into the auction ring. The auctioneer introduced the horse including detailing the offspring of Desert Party and fellow stakes winner Ellie Cat. The auctioneer spoke about Sage Cat’s Sire Tabasco Cat. Finally, the bidding began. The bids quickly reached $60,000. Then after a brief pause, activity again increased. Soon the bid was over $100,000. Then the reserve was met. Finally, the bidding stopped at $135,000. A sense of relief came over the group.
Then it was time for the weanling to be led into the sales ring. The auctioneer again introduced the weanling. The achievements of the father & mother were emphasized. The bidding started and within 90 seconds the bid was above $100,000. The bidding continued and soon the $150,000 mark was achieved. Bidding slowed slightly at $160,000. The horse was paraded again for the crowd and the bidding started again. The weanling stared into the crowd as if she was anticipating who would be her new owner. Finally, the bidding stopped and the horse was sold for $190,000. This was the highest Bodemeister weanling sold at the sale.
The team sat in a mixed state of relief, exultation and exhaustion. All of the walking around the sales grounds passing out fliers, all of the signs placed at the hotels, all of the ads in publications finally resulted in the successful sale of both horses.
About 10 minutes later, a nice lady came over to Dr. Sinatra and introduced herself. She represented the person who purchased Sage Cat. She indicated Sage Cat would be moved to Ocala to be bred. Dr. Sinatra asked about the quality of the home she would receive. Even after the sale, Dr. Steve’s primary concern is the well-being of the animal. Contact information was exchanged and soon the buying agent exited the sales pavilion.
Just when this observer though the drama was completed, one of Joe Sites’ employees came over to Dr. Sinatra and indicated that John Oxley had purchased the Bodemeister filly. He had scoped the horse twice and been interested from the time she hit the sales grounds. Steve sat for a moment and informed farm owner Julie Kent -- who had brought the expectant broodmare and her filly--- that she should approach John Oxley’s buying agent and offer her $95,000 for a 50% interest in the weanling.
Dr. Steve retreated to the parking lot to call his wife Jan and inform her of the good news. She had stayed at the hotel and was working on a manuscript for a book that Steve had recently completed and that would be shown to a publisher next week in New York. Steve could not reach Jan so we all headed back to the hotel to make plans for the evening.
After a brief period of celebration in the bar at the Griffin Gate, Steve joined Jan upstairs to get ready for a party that evening. David & myself enjoyed an appetizer in the concierge level. They do a first class job in the concierge level at the Marriott Griffin Gate and the attention to detail makes it a must stay for me when I am in town. I asked David what is the next step. Like every good horseman, David responded that the challenge is "to wake up tomorrow and start looking for the next champion." You pick out a champion not only by confirmation, but also by heart. That is an immeasurable intangible. Identifying that is a talent acquired over time.
The racehorses.com team had been invited to a party that evening at Shannon White’s farm. Shannon White is an incredible horsewoman -- and she really knows how to make a successful equine gathering come together. The party even had a theme: "Bourbon, Brews & Stews". That event definitely showcased all things good in Kentucky. The event was attended by several people within the industry. What a great party to network. Steve met some great people and actually scheduled an appointment the following day with a veterinarian specialized in radiographic interpretation. Steve wanted an independent analysis of the x-rays taken on two of his horses. The Kentucky hospitality with the food, drink, and sharing of conversations was just the icing on the cake for all of us.
Around 7 PM I left the team at the party and started my drive home 5 hours to the West. About the time I crossed into Indiana from Louisville my mind turned from the events of the last 3 days, back to the stresses of work, dealing with a sick parent and the reality of life. The Kentucky trip was very successful and has energized me to put forth more of an effort to the website. It also made me aware that my future will again have me reside in Lexington. This trip showcased all that is good about this sport and whatever little part I can do to make it better I will give all my efforts to.