Dates Announced for 2018 Auctions
Equine Sales Company is pleased to announce the dates for its three auctions in 2018 to be held in Opelousas, Louisiana.

The 2-year-olds in training sale has been set for Monday, May 7, with the breeze show set for May 6, the day after the Kentucky Derby. The consignor select yearling sale will be held Thursday, September 6, and the open yearling and mixed sale will be Sunday, October 28.

“This will mark our seventh year in operation, so I think we have found the proper placement of these sales that works well for horsemen in Louisiana, the Southwest and around the country,” said Foster Bridewell, sales director. “We had a very strong year in 2017, despite our select sale being impacted by Hurricane Harvey. We are anticipating an even better year in 2018 as we continue with two of the most positive enhancements we have made in recent years with the unified yearling sale in cooperation with the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association and the Equine Sales Oaks and Derby for sale graduates at Evangeline Downs.”

Consignor Select Yearling Sale Records Gains Across the Board
Equine Sales Company on August 31 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.

The Equine Sales Company Open Yearling and Mixed Sale is set for October 15.

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.