“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.
Average and Median Jump at 2-Year-Old Sale, Record High Price Set
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.
Eight Horses Tie for Fastest Time at Breeze Show
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.
Young Sires Highlight Equine Sales Company 2-Year-Olds Catalog
Equine Sales Company has released a catalog of 67 head for its 2-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age Sale set for May 9 in Opelousas, Louisiana. The breeze show is scheduled for May 7.
While the catalog has a strong offering of established stallions, it also stands out for its selection of young sires with promising futures like Orb, Violence, Bullet Train, Power Broker, Jimmy Creed, Flashpoint, Data Link, Flat Out, To Honor and Serve, Tapizar, Point of Entry, Bind, Dialed In and Redding Colliery.
The catalog also includes many of the leading juvenile and overall sires in Louisiana, including Yankee Gentleman, Songandaprayer, Star Guitar, Custom for Carlos, D’Wildcat, Closing Argument and Run Production. Prominent national sires are also represented, including Tale of the Cat, Eskendereya, Dunkirk, Discreet Cat, Lookin at Lucky and El Corredor, a former leading stallion in Louisiana.
“The catalog is comprised mainly of Louisiana-breds, and that remains the main focus of the sale, but we also have some nice Kentucky-breds this year,” said Sales Director Foster Bridewell. “We are still accepting supplements, and I expect several more horses to be added in the coming weeks.”
All graduates of the sale will be eligible for the $75,000 Equine Sales Derby and $75,000 Equine Sales Oaks to be run in 2018 at Evangeline Downs.
Equine Sales Company Sets 2017 Auction Dates
Equine Sales Company has announced its complete 2017 schedule of auctions. In addition to the 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale already announced for May 9 with a breeze date of May 7, two other sales will be held at the Opelousas, Louisiana, facility.
The Consignor Select Yearling Sale will be held Thursday, August 31, and the Open Yearling and Mixed Sale will be held Sunday, October 15. All three sales will be held on similar dates compared to the 2016 schedule.
“Equine Sales Company had its best year yet in 2016, and I think we have found a good spot on the calendar for all three sales to work well for consignors and buyers, both nationally and regionally,” said Foster Bridewell, sales director for Equine Sales Company. “The addition in 2016 of the Equine Sales Derby and Equine Sales Oaks at Evangeline Downs for sale graduates has proven to a big boost for breeders, buyers and consignors, and we look forward to continuing those races in 2017 and beyond.”
The 2016 Consignor Select Yearling Sale marked the first unified yearling sale held with the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, which had previously held a separate yearling sale. The unified sale proved to be very successful, and that partnership will continue in 2017.