(Opelousas, Louisiana — July 18, 2017) Equine Sales Company has announced a catalog of 214 head for its Consignor Select Yearling Sale set for August 31 at 10 a.m. in Opelousas, Louisiana.
“We have just about the same number of yearlings as we did last year, but I think buyers will notice an increase in the sire power of this catalog,” said Sales Director Foster Bridewell. “This will be the second year that we have joined forces with the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association to promote a single select yearling sale, and the result of that has been a continued increase in quality.”
Among the first-crop sires represented in the sale are Alpha, Apriority, Cross Traffic, Goldencents, Guilt Trip, Itsmyluckyday, Mucho Macho Man, Revolutionary, Shakin It Up and Sum of the Parts. The list of second-crop stallions with progeny in the sale includes Awesome Patriot, Bind, Flashpoint, Fort Larned, Liaison, New Year’s Day, Oxbow, Paynter, Treasure Beach (GB) and Violence.
The top three Louisiana stallions by 2017 progeny earnings—Half Ours, Songandaprayer and Custom for Carlos—all have numerous yearlings on offer.
Graduates of this sale will be eligible to be nominated to the 2019 editions of the Equine Sales Derby and Equine Sales Oaks at Evangeline Downs.
(Opelousas, Louisiana — May 10, 2017) Equine Sales Company on Tuesday held its 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale in Opelousas, Louisiana, and recorded a significant increase in average and median while setting a record high price. All told, 41 of 60 2-year-olds offered sold for $832,300 with an average of $20,300 and median of $13,000.
With a larger catalog last year, 60 of 92 head sold for $918,300. This year’s average jumped 37.1% from last year’s $14,811, and the median increased 13% from last year’s mark of $11,500. Buybacks for this year were 31.6% compared to 32.6% last year.
The record price for a 2-year-old at the sale had been $69,000 from the first year the sale was held in 2014, and that number was easily eclipsed twice with horses from the consignment of Pike Racing, agent. The sale topper was hip 29, a Louisiana-bred daughter of multiple Grade 1 winner Flat Out who worked an eighth-mile in a co-fastest time of :10 1/5 on Sunday. The April foal sold for $110,000 to Keith and Ginger Myers’ Coteau Grove Farms. Hip 45, a Louisiana-bred colt from the first crop of Grade 1 winner Violence, brought a bid of $100,000 from Matt Bowling’s Bowling Bloodstock. The January foal galloped in the breeze show.
“I think we have continued to improve the quality of this sale and that shows in the results this year,” said Foster Bridewell, sales director. “We are very pleased with the results and are looking forward to our consignor select and open yearling/mixed sales later this year.”
All graduates of this sale are eligible for next year’s Equine Sales Derby and Equine Sales Oaks to be run at Evangeline Downs.
Private Vow–Whitewashed, by Broad Brush
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Breeder: J. Adcock
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: Kerwin D. Clark
2nd Paddy O’Lionel
Paddy O’Prado–Dana’s Lucky Lady, by Lucky Lionel
Owner: Phyllis J. Hodges
Breeder: Sugarland Thoroughbreds, LLC
Trainer: James E. Hodges
Jockey: Diego Saenz
3rd Cash First
Quality Road–Financingavailable, by Kiridashi
Owner: LA Bred Equine Enterprises, LLC
Breeder: LA Bred Equine Enterprises, LLC
Trainer: Ray Sibille
Jockey: Gerard Melancon
OWNER BRITTLYN STABLE INC. SWEEPS THE TWO WEEKEND STAKES
OPELOUSAS, LA – It was quite a first weekend in May for the Brittlyn Stable, Inc. ownership of Evelyn Benoit. They first won the $60,000 Equine Sales Oaks on Friday with Bermuda Star and they doubled down on that by winning the $60,000 Equine Sales Derby with Magic Vow on Saturday night. Magic Vow earned a convincing 4-3/4 length victory in a final time of 1:46.04 for the 1 1/16 miles over a fast track.
Magic Vow settled in at the rail in the early stages as a 45-1 longshot, They Call Me Seb and the 3-5 favorite, Sheer Mayhem dueled through early fractions of 24.19 seconds for the quarter-mile and 48.97 for the half-mile. Magic Vow continued to make steady progress on the rail and overtook Sheer Mayhem at the top of the stretch and drew away to win easily. Paddy O’Lionel also rallied up the inside to take second and Cash First rallied from last early on to finish third.
Magic Vow returned $7.60 to win, $3.80 to place and $3.20 to show. Paddy O’Lionel paid $4.80 to place and $4.00 to show, while Cash First paid $7.20 to show.
Magic Vow was bred in Louisiana by J. Adcock, Allen Landry is the trainer and Kerwin Clark was the winning rider on Saturday night. The 3-year-old gelding is by Private Vow and out of the Broad Brush mare, Whitewashed.
Star Guitar-Bermuda Bride, by Runaway Groom
Owner: Brittany Stable, Inc.
Breeder: Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson
Trainer: Victor Arceneaux
Jockey: Diego Saenz
2nd Madame Begue
Afleet Alex–More Angels, by Slew of Angels
Owner: Mintmere Thoroughbreds
Breeder: Summergrove Farm & Terry Gabriel
Trainer: Glenn Delahoussaye
Jockey: Timothy Thornton
3rd Red La Rosa
Harborage–Ziarita, by Maria’s Mon
Owner: Sandra Domiano
Breeder: Royal B. Kraft Sr.
Trainer: Corale A. Richards
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez
OPELOUSAS, LA – Bermuda Star has won twice in her brief career, one was a maiden-breaking score on the turf at Fair Grounds in February and the second came Friday night in the $60,000 Equine Sales Oaks at Evangeline Downs. On both occasions, Diego Saenz was in the saddle. The Oaks victory was just part of a stellar Friday for the jockey, who won a total of three races on the program.
Bermuda Star was able to relax off of a trio of pacesetters through easy early fractions of 24.26 for the quarter-mile and 48.78 for the half-mile. She advanced nicely on the far turn and was able to take the lead at the top of the stretch. Once Bermuda Star made the lead, she moved toward the rail and momentarily crossed paths with Madame Begue, who was one of the early leaders. Bermuda Star drew off to win by three lengths at the finish in a final time of 1:46.58 for the 1-1/16 miles over the fast track. She did have to survive a steward’s inquiry and rider’s claim of foul to preserve the victory.
Bermuda Star was bred in Louisiana by Tom Curtis and Wayne Simpson. She is owned by Brittlyn Stable, Inc. and trained by Victor Arceneaux. She is by Star Guitar and out of the Runaway Groom mare, Bermuda Bride. Bermuda Star has two wins in six lifetime starts and the $36,000 first-place purse she earned on Friday night pushes her lifetime earnings to $74,530.
Bermuda Star was sent off as the 4-5 wagering favorite in the Equine Sales Oaks and she returned $3.60 to win, $3.00 to place and $2.10 to show. Madame Begue finished second and paid $5.60 to place and $3.40 to show. Red La Rosa was third and paid $2.40 to show.
(Opelousas, Louisiana — May 7, 2017) The breeze show for the Equine Sales Company 2-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age Sale was held Sunday in Opelousas, Louisiana, and a total of eight horses posted a clocking of :10 1/5 to tie for the fastest time at the eighth-mile distance. The auction is set for Tuesday at 11 a.m. Central.
The eight horses with the fastest time included: hip 6, a colt by Private Vow; hip 13, a filly by Tale of the Cat; hip 17, a filly by Star Guitar; hip 26, a filly by Songandaprayer; hip 27, a filly by Time Bandit; hip 29, a filly by Flat Out; hip 30, a filly by Songandaprayer; and hip 40, a colt by Discreet Cat.
From a handful of horses to work two furlongs, hip 56, a daughter of Tale of Ekati, posted the fastest time of :22 4/5.
“I’m very pleased with the quality of horses we had out on the track today, and I think the times reflect that there are plenty of good runners here,” said Foster Bridwell, sales director. “Plus, we just had another reminder on Friday about how strong the Louisiana breeding program has become with Big World, a Louisiana-bred by Louisiana stallion Custom for Carlos, winning the Grade 1 La Troienne at Churchill Downs. We also have several quality individuals in the sale that were bred outside of Louisiana.”
All graduates of the sale will be eligible for the 2019 Equine Sales Derby and Equine Sales Oaks, which will offer purses of $60,000 apiece at Evangeline Downs. This year’s editions of those races were run over the weekend with Evelyn Benoit’s Brittlyn Stable sweeping both stakes with Magic Vow in the Derby and Bermuda Star in the Oaks. The latter also became the first stakes winner sired by Brittlyn-owned stallion and four-time Louisiana Horse of the Year Star Guitar.
Live video of the sale will be available at www.equinesalesofla.com. Videos of the breeze show are also posted now.
Equine Sales Company would like to invite you to attend the Breeze Show which will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017, beginning at 10:00 o’clock AM. The sale horses will work on Copper Crowne Training Center’s state of the art training track which is licensed by the Louisiana State Racing Commission. There will be a viewing stand and teletimer located at the finish line for your comfort and convenience. Refreshments will be available.
Dilion Video will have the works available for viewing late Sunday afternoon and will continue playing throughout the day, in the Equine Sales Company pavilion located at 372 Harry Guilbeau Road, Opelousas, LA. They will also be available on the internet at http://www.equinesalesofla.com and on a CD that you can pick up for your personal use.
EQUINE SALES OAKS
to be run
Friday, May 5, 2017
EQUINE SALES DERBY
to be run
Saturday, May 6, 2017
EVANGELINE DOWNS RACETRACK
Equine Sales Company would like to wish all of the connections in the running of these two races the best of luck.