The New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Million is a staple date in many an Aucklander’s calendar.
Featuring not one, but two $1,000,000 races, the event is also becoming known as one of the season's best parties - meaning it's an event that no one wants to miss.
One thing you can't miss when you're trackside at the Karaka Million is the roar of the crowd, particularly as the horses in the the the two $1,000,000 races - the $1m DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka Million 2YO and the $1,000,000 Karaka Million 3YO Classic - thunder towards the finishing post.
Seeing the ecstatic winning owners shout, jump and hug for joy is quite the sight and, while the Karaka Million offers the country's richest sporting purse, you might be surprised to learn how easy and accessible is to get in with a chance of owning one of these million-dollar race winners.
Today, the team from New Zealand Bloodstock break it down for you...
Says New Zealand Bloodstock...
The countdown is on for New Zealand Bloodstock’s (NZB's) 95th National Yearling Sales Series, featuring a selection of New Zealand’s finest yearlings* set to go through the sale ring during the New Zealand thoroughbred breeding industry’s biggest week of the year.
How does the Karaka Million Series work?
The eyes of the thoroughbred world will tune in to Auckland from Saturday 23 January with the New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Million at Ellerslie providing a perfect entrée for the live selling action that follows the next day at NZB’s world class Karaka Sales Centre.
Every year, over 1000 of New Zealand’s best yearlings are at this sale.
After the sale, each of these young horses are eligible to be nominated by their owners for NZB’s Karaka Million Series, giving them the chance to win not one, but two $1million-dollar races for two years in succession.
Any yearlings that are sold through the ring in 2021 can be nominated for the series - something that then gives them the option of being able to qualify for either the 2022 running of the $1,000,000 DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka Million 2YO (just 12 shorts months after their auction debut!) and/or the $1,000,000 Karaka Million 3YO Classic in 2023.
Karaka 2021 graduates are also able to race in the $100,000 CollinsonForex Karaka Cup for the remainder of their career.
Editor's note: Taking this back a step, this means that the horses you'll see running in the 2021 $1,000,000 DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka Million 2YO were sold at Karaka in January 2020. The horses in the 2021 $1,000,000 Karaka Million 3YO Classic were sold at Karaka in January 2019. For more on how the horses make the field, visit NZB online.
How does the sale work?
This year, New Zealand Bloodstock's National Yearling Sale Series is made up of a "Book 1" and a "Book 2" sale.
The Book 1 Sale includes New Zealand’s premier thoroughbred yearlings and runs from 24-26 January.
Another quality selection of yearlings are offered in the Book 2 Sale on 27 & 28 January.
Selling commences at the Karaka Sales Centre from 1PM (NZT) on all days.
Can I go to the sale?
If you're keen to come along and see what it's all about, NZB invites you to join them at Karaka 2021 to experience the atmosphere of a live thoroughbred sales ring environment.
It's free entry and offers a fantastic day of entertainment surrounded by the future superstars of New Zealand’s racetracks.
What if I want to buy a horse or two?
If you want to take it a step further and want to get involved in an ownership capacity with what could be the next Karaka Million winner, there will be a number of NZTR Authorised Syndicators & NZB staff at the sale - all of whom will be more than happy to answer any ownership-related questions and even help you purchase a horse - whether it's a 5% or 100% share.
There will also be some exciting syndication opportunities available following the Karaka 2021 Sales - keep an eye on LOVERACING.NZ for details.
Karaka 2021 Schedule
NZB Karaka Million: Saturday 23 January
NZB National Yearling Sale Series | Book 1: Sunday 24 – Tuesday 26 January
NZB National Yearling Sale Series | Book 2: Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 January
To join us at the New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Million, visit this page to see what ticket options are still available
For more information about the NZB's National Yearling Sale and the Karaka Million Series, visit NZB online.
* By yearlings, we mean thoroughbred horses that are one-year-old in age