This year, for the first time, Brittany Farms has added complete, “virtual inspections” of its yearlings to its video-only website, available now at https://brittanyfarms.smugmug.com
At the beginning of each yearling’s traditional action video, there is now additional, comprehensive video of each horse being led in both directions—toward and away from the camera—along with zoom-in closeups at every angle to show conformation from the side, front, and behind.
“With travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 situation, especially from other countries, we felt it was important this year to give buyers every pre-sale opportunity to inspect our yearlings,” said farm manager Art Zubrod.
“Of course we still welcome buyers to visit the farm for a personal inspection, but for those unable to do so, these should satisfy giving them a good, close look at each horse that’s for sale. The videos have slow, zoom-in closeups of knees, ankles and hocks... everything a potential buyer would want to see.”
The videos, filmed by Larry Cohen, are believed to be the first of their kind in the horse racing industry. “The Thoroughbreds offer ‘walking videos,’ but these are much more detailed. I expect this is something we’ll continue to do in the years ahead,” Zubrod added.
Brittany Farms, the sport’s “Breeder of the Year” in 2019, will sell its yearlings exclusively at the Lexington Selected Sale, which begins Monday, Oct. 5 and continues through Friday, Oct. 9.
The farm’s yearlings will be available for inspection at the Fasig-Tipton sales grounds beginning Saturday, Oct. 3 at 9 a.m.. They will be located as usual in Barn 10.