From the Paulick Report: “Fasig-Tipton’s one-day November Sale took place on Monday evening, when 23 horses sold for seven figures.” 4-year-old Princess of Sylmar, a Pletcher-trained multiple graded stakes winner, topped the bill at $3.1 million. (The “broker” says that owner Ed Stanco “was not at the sale, as he felt that it would be too painful to see the horse go.”)
The Thoroughbred auction is a modern-day equivalent of the slave block – you know, the kind where strapping bucks and pretty wenches were gathered and traded in the center of town. (As it’s a good bet that virtually every animal activist on the planet would have also embraced 19th Century abolitionism, no need to apologize for the parallel.) But the horse buyer can’t even claim economic survival – he subjugates as a hobby. This is horseracing.