If you have $400,000 laying around and would like to purchase a "dark bay or brown" filly yearling thoroughbred, then you should check out the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Catalog and mark down your schedule for early August. If you have never been to the Fasig-Tipton yearling auction sales here in Saratoga Springs, then I suggest you plan on going even if you don't have any money or only have a mild interest in thoroughbreds - it's simply fun. The auction itself is amazing, and the back part of the Fasig-Tipton facility on East Avenue is a party where you can order drinks and food and watch dozens upon dozens of horses get prepped for auction. The main yearling sale, which has had Arab Sheiks in attendance in past years, will be on August 8-9th, 2011. The New York bred sale, which is not quite as involved but is still pretty darn cool will be on August 13-14th. Don't scratch your nose while your there, otherwise you may be bringing home your new "gray or roan" colt. In reality, very few people attending the sales are actually bidding, and the auctioneers know who the real players are. For those of us that are simply there for the show, it's still a fun event and it is yet another thing that makes Saratoga Springs unique and special.