EQUINE SALES COMPANY
EQUINE SALES COMPANY
The Texas Thoroughbred Association, in partnership with Lone Star Park, has announced its sales dates for 2018.
The Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale will be held April 10 with the under tack show set for April 8. Horses will breeze over the Lone Star Park track, and the sale will be held at the Texas Thoroughbred Sales Pavilion on the backside.
The entry deadline for the 2-year-old sale is January 15, and all sale graduates will be eligible for nomination to the 2018 Texas Thoroughbred Sales Futurity to be run at Lone Star with two divisions and an estimated purse of $100,000 apiece.
The Texas Summer Yearling Sale has been scheduled for August 27, also at Lone Star.
This will mark the third year for the Texas sales under the operation of TTA and Lone Star Park after taking over for Fasig-Tipton. This year’s 2-year-olds in training sale posted an average of $26,770 and gross sales of $1.874 million, compared to an $18,515 average and $981,300 in gross sales a year earlier.
“We have seen tremendous growth in the 2-year-old sale this year, as I think buyers and consignors from around the Southwest region responded to the stability we have brought to the auction market here,” said Tim Boyce, sales director. “I know quite a few buyers who found some nice pinhooking prospects at our yearling sale, so we expect to see some of those horses again.”
Champion Louisiana Bred filly Big World sold Monday, November 6, at the Fasig Tipton November Sale in Lexington, Kentucky for $725,000. The Grade 1 stakes winner brought the highest price to date for a Louisiana bred. She was among the top 25% of horses sold in the record breaking auction which saw the highest gross in the sale’s history. She was purchased by Katsumi Yoshida from the consignment of Bluewater Sales, LLC.
“This is a fine Grade 1 winning Louisiana Bred mare. She is by a stallion who stands here in Louisiana that is really turning heads,” says Roger Heitzmann, III, Secretary/Treasurer of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association. “As I have said in the past, I see the path for Louisiana breds moving in a positive direction as we go forward.”
Bred in Louisiana by Curt Leake and Elm Tree Farm, LLC (Michelle & Jody Huckabay), Big World has earned $629,190 to date with a record of 7 wins and 5 thirds from 13 starts including the 2017 G1 La Troienne Stakes at Churchill Downs and the G3 Tempted Stakes at Aqueduct. Her dam Tensas Wedding Joy is an unraced daughter of Broken Vow. She is by Custom For Carlos who is among the leading sires in Louisiana as well as the top 15 third crop sires currently standing in North America. Custom For Carlos stands at Clear Creek Stud in Folsom, Louisiana for a 2018 fee of $3,500 Live Foal.
Louisiana breds continue to improve in value on the national sales stage. A full brother to Big World Sold in March of this year for $400,000 at Fasig Tipton Gulfsteam, while a year ago, another Louisiana bred, a colt by Curlin-Moonlight Love sold for $350,000 at Keeneland September.
Sale and webcast will begin at 10:00 AM
Equine Sales Company will hold its 2017 Open Yearling and Mixed Sale, Sunday, October 15, 2017 beginning at 10:00 a.m. in Opelousas, Louisiana.
With supplements to the original catalog, a total of 221 head will be offered. Among the sires represented in the yearling session are Justin Phillip, Lookin at Lucky, Custom for Carlos, Songandaprayer, Half Ours, Guilt Trip and Star Guitar. Many of those same stallions are also represented among the in-foal offerings. The sale will begin with the yearlings followed by the mixed session.
The sale catalog as well as the supplements are now online, and the auction will be live-streamed at www.equinesalesofla.com. Sale and webcast will begin at 10:00 AM
Louisiana-breds continue to show their strong marketability on the national level as four Louisiana-breds sold through the OBS Select Yearlings Session on Tuesday, October 10. Three of the four sold above the average of $45,247 for the session, with one bringing $75,000 and two selling for $50,000 each. Together the average of the four, $49,750 was above the session average.
Hip# 186, a colt by New Year’s Day-Moon Larry colt was purchased for $75,000 by Redwings Enterprises for $75,000. Select Sales, agent was the consignor. G1 Breeders Cup Juvenile winner New Year’s Day is ranked among the leading first crop sires in North America. The dam is a stakes placed half sister to stakes winner Why Wear Shoes.
Hip# 85 a colt by Strong Mandate-Carson Copy was purchased by Big D Stable purchased from the Pelican State Thoroughbreds, agent consignment for $50,000. The colt is from the first crop of G1 stakes winning, Breeders Cup Juvenile placed Strong Mandate. The dam, who has produced three winners from as many runners, is an unraced daughter of Carson Copy and a half sister to stakes winner, Shezacrazygirl.
Hip# 129, a Star Guitar-Geiger Geisha colt sold for $50,000 with EQB, Inc., Patrice Miller, Agent signing the ticket. The colt, by Louisiana’s all time top money earner and current leading second crop sire, is a half brother to stakes winner My Friend Flavin and a ¾ brother to 2017 juvenile stakes winner Aceguitar.
Additionally Hip# 168. Sallee Sumthing, a filly by Sum of the Parts-LaSalle Glory was purchased for $24,000 by Jason Hall, agent. Select Sales, agent was the consignor.
Equine Sales Company on Thursday posted gains in every meaningful category in its Consignor Select Yearling Sale in Opelousas, Louisiana. All told, 138 of 193 head sold for a total of $1,636,400 with an average of $11,858 and median of $7,000. That represents a gain of 8.8 percent in sales compared to last year’s total of $1,503,900 with an identical number of horses sold. This year’s average of $11,858 was an increase of 8.8 percent from last year, and the median of $7,000 is 27.3 percent better than last year’s $5,500. The buyback rate this year was 28.5 percent compared to 33.7 percent last year.
“We expected to have a strong sale as our consignors really showcased a excellent selection of yearlings,” said Foster Bridewell, sales director. “But I was even a little surprised how good the numbers were considering the region is still dealing with the aftereffects of Hurricane Harvey.”
The sale-topper was Hip 116, a Louisiana-bred colt by 2003 Horse of the Year Mineshaft out of the stakes-placed Cat Thief mare Noble Bandit. The April 19 foal was consigned by 4M Ranch, agent, and purchased by Louis Roussell III.
Five other horses sold for $50,000 or more with the leading filly being Hip 93, a Louisiana-bred daughter of Violence who sold for $50,000 to O’Brien Bloodstock from Pike Racing, agent.
For hip-by-hip results, go to http://www.equinesalesofla.com.
The Equine Sales Company Open Yearling and Mixed Sale is set for October 15.
The Sales Committee along with several consignors have met this morning and are in complete agreement that the current weather should not affect the sale. The sales facility is fine and safe with no flooding. Yearlings are already on property and most are shipping in today. Some consignors are already showing horses. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Equine Sales Company (337) 678-3024.