Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association’s sale shows 32 percent increase in average

Yearling prices were strong at the 47th annual Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association’s Summer Yearling and Mixed Sale with 76 foals of 2012 selling for a $15,735 average and a $1,211,600 gross. Not since 2006 when 154 yearlings sold for a $15,431 average has the sale been anywhere near so successful. For the past three years the yearling average has been $11,776 (2012), $12,347 (2011) and $10,405 (2010) and this year’s number was 33.6 percent higher than the previous year when 75 sold.

Held on August 20, a brilliant late summer day at the WTBOA’s Morris J. Alhadeff Sales Pavilion located at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Washington, 101 yearlings, six broodmares and three horses of racing age went through the sales ring with 38 not meeting their consignors’ expectations (RNAs) and a total of 77 horses selling for a $1,252,800 gross.

Horsemen from California, Alaska, Utah, Nevada and Kansas, Alberta and British Columbia joined Washingtonians to purchase the cream of the Washington sales crop.

Twenty-six yearlings and one broodmare brought over $20,000. The $70,000 sale topper, a full or half-brother to three stakes winners, including 2013 double juvenile stakes winner Del Rio Harbor, was purchased by the partnership of Glen Todd and Dr. Mark Dedomenico from Bar C Racing Stables and Desert Rose Racing. Todd and Shawn Hansen of Tenino went to $67,000 to buy the top filly, a daughter of Stormin Fever out of stakes producer Cielo Dulce from Stormy and Ginger Samples’ Critter Creek Farm.

Char Clark Thoroughbreds sold broodmare Striking Scholar, whose son Stryker Phd ran a strong second in the Longacres Mile (G3) on Sunday, to the Hansens for $36,000. The nine-year-old daughter of Smart Strike had been bred to Stormin Fever on a March cover.


Highest Selling Horses

Hip Sex Sire—Dam (Consignor) Buyer Price

Hip 38 Colt Harbor the Gold—Bahati (Bar C Racing Stables Inc., Agent for Bar C Racing Stables Inc. and Desert Rose Racing) Glen Todd and Mark Dedomenico…$70,000

Hip 50 Filly Stormin Fever—Cielo Dulce (Critter Creek Farm, Stormy Hull and Ginger Samples) Todd and Shawn Hansen…$67,000

Hip 2 Colt Latent Heat—Salt Loch (Griffin Place LLC, Agent for Highpoint Bloodstock) Glen Todd and Mark Dedomenico…$57,000

Hip 17 Colt Hard Spun—Sweet Fourty (Blue Ribbon Farm, Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Pabst)…$55,000

Hip 58 Colt Raise the Bluff—Dark Diva (Griffin Place LLC, Agent) Ron Crockett Inc…$47,000

Hip 26 Colt Scat Daddy—Valour Road (Halvorson Bloodstock Services LLC, Agent for Oak Crest Farm…$43,000

Hip 101 Filly Proud Citizen—No Constraints (Halvorson Bloodstock Services LLC, Agent for Dunn Bar Ranch LLC) Bruce Maller…$41,000

Hip 97 Colt Bluegrass Cat—Morakami (El Dorado Farms LLC, Nina and Ron Hagen) Todd and Shawn Hansen…$40,000

Hip 93 Filly Majestic Warrior—Mis Vietoria (El Dorado Farms LLC, Nina and Ron Hagen) Michael Puhich, Agent…$38,000

Hip 25 Colt Corinthian—Trust Fund (Hidden Brook) Grasshopper Racing Stable…$37,000

Hip 46 Colt Raise the Bluff—Carrie’s a Jewel (Critter Creek Farm, Stormy Hull and Ginger Samples) Herschel Martindale…$37,000

Hip 200 Striking Scholar, Mare Smart Strike—Degree (Char Clark Thoroughbreds, Agent) Todd and Shawn Hansen…$36,000

For preliminary sales results, go to More information will be available on the upcoming WTBOA’s e-mail newsletter Gate-to-Wire.

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