Fasig-Tipton Sponsoring Ladies Turf, Ladies Marathon
Fasig-Tipton, America’s oldest Thoroughbred auction company, has signed on to be title sponsor of two $300,000 distaff turf stakes Sept. 19 as part of “Fasig-Tipton Ladies Day” at Kentucky Downs.
The $300,000 Fasig-Tipton Ladies Turf will be contested at one mile while the $300,000 Fasig-Tipton Ladies Marathon will be run at 1 5/16 mile. Both stakes are open to fillies and mare 3-years-old and up with $200,000 from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund included in the total purse offering for each.
Fasig-Tipton’s important October Sale is held on Oct. 19-22 in Lexington and has attracted a record number of 1,400 entries to date. Also upcoming on the Fasig-Tipton calendar is its popular annual Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale Oct. 6 in Timonium, MD.
“Fasig-Tipton has a history of associating its brand with Thoroughbred racing’s premier events and venues. We’re glad to now be part of that select list,” said Corey Johnsen, President of Kentucky Downs. “Among the goals of our racing program is to further enhance the value in Kentucky breds which we believe then can lead to more demand at auctions like those at Fasig-Tipton.”
“Quality races like the Ladies Turf and Ladies Marathon will attract top fillies and mares to Kentucky Downs,” said Boyd Browning, President of Fasig-Tipton. “The timing of these races fits well with our upcoming yearling sales in Kentucky and Maryland and offers us a great opportunity to gain exposure to top owners and trainers”.
Kentucky Downs’ 2015 meeting includes five dates on Sept, 5, 10, 12, 16, 19 with record purses totaling $7.5 million. The Fasig-Tipton Ladies Turf and Fasig-Tipton Ladies Marathon are among 12 stakes races on the schedule with the richest event being the $600,000 Grade III Kentucky Turf Cup on Sept. 12.
Edited Kentucky Downs release