Bayne Welker: On Fasig-Tipton’s Opening Night at Saratoga

Gene McLean interviews Sr. Vice President of Sales Bayne Welker of Fasiq-Tipton.

Here are the thoughts of Bayne Welker, the Vice President of Sales for Fasig-Tipton, after the first night of this year’s Select Yearling Sale at Saratoga:

“We had seen considerable activity on the sales grounds that led to brisk trade last night from established customers, as well as a few newcomers,” said Welker today. “We expect the trend to continue into tonight as there are still quality offerings to come on the block.”

Statistics for 8/6/2018 THRU 8/7/2018 Sale
DateSoldTotalAverageNot SoldMedianStatus
8/6/201883$28,965,000$348,97624$300,000Completed
8/7/20180$0$00$0Pending
TOTALS83$28,965,000$348,97624$300,000Pending
Statistics for previous 8/7/2017 THRU 8/8/2017 Sale
DateSoldTotalAverageNot SoldMedian
8/7/201775$24,425,000$325,66717$300,000
8/8/201781$28,570,000$352,71621$300,000
TOTALS156$52,995,000$339,71238$300,000

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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