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2012 Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association September sale draws mixed results
Horsemen from California, Oregon, Arizona, British Columbia and Alberta gathered with Washingtonians on a lovely late summer day for the 46th annual Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association Summer Yearling and Mixed Sale.
The September 4 sale drew 142 entries, led by 131 yearlings. After having nine horses withdraw (including eight yearlings), 133 went through the sales ring at the Morris J. Alhadeff Sales Pavilion located at Emerald Downs in Auburn.
Four yearlings brought $50,000 or more including Hip 112, a full brother to two-time Washington horse of the year Noosa Beach, who was purchased for a sale-topping $55,000 by Doris Harwood from the consignment of Pam and Neal Christopherson’s Hermiston, Oregon-based Bar C Racing Stables Inc.
Harwood and her husband Jeff bred Noosa Beach, and the son of Harbor the Gold—Julia Rose raced in Jeff’s colors and was trained by Doris, who also trains another full brother to Noosa Beach, the 2012 stakes-placed two-year-old (and 2011 WTBOA sale graduate) Music of My Soul.
The Christophersons also consigned Hip 44, a full brother to three Harbor the Gold-sired stakes horses, who was purchased by John and Janene Maryanski for $41,000; and Hip 72, another Harbor the Gold colt, who was purchased by Jody Peetz for $40,000. The Christophersons were the leading consignors at the sale, selling seven yearlings and two mares in their own names for a $164,600 total and three other yearlings and one mare as agent for $60,400.
Terry and Mary Lou Griffin’s Griffin Place LLC sold three of the top seven yearlings, either for themselves or as agents. Top colt from the Buckley nursery’s consignment was Hip 27, a full brother to Washington champion Spanish Highway and stakes winner Ashby Hill, who was purchased by Californian Patrick Sheeley for $50,000. The colt is from the final crop of prominent Washington sire Cahill Road. Griffin Place LLC, as agent for Stormy Hull’s Critter Creek Farm, also sold Hip 76 – a daughter of Harbor the Gold and stakes-placed Carrie’s a Jewel, and one of two $50,000 fillies sold – to Glen Todd of British Columbia. Nina and Ron Hagen’s El Dorado Farms LLC sold the other $50,000 filly, a striking daughter of Bluegrass Cat—Reinfree who was purchased by the Manson, Washington-based Winfield Farms.
Overall, 74 summer sale yearlings sold, one less than the 2011 sale, with the average dipping 2.1 percent from $12,347 to $12,084.
The median dropped 12.3 percent from $5,700 a year ago, to $5,000. Of the 23 horses from the mixed session which went through the ring, 14 sold for $16,200 gross (down 45.54 percent) and a $1,157 average (down 36.88 percent). The number of RNAs, 37 in the summer yearling session and eight in the mixed session, for a 45 horse total or 33.83 percent from those offered.