A son of Cahill Road brought the highest price of $60,000 during the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association (WTBA) summer yearling sale Sept. 8 at the Morris J. Alhadeff Sale Pavilion at Emerald Downs. Jill and Dave Heerensperger purchased the bay colt, which is a full brother to The Great Face, winner of the 2007 Longacres Mile (gr. III) and Mt. Rainier Handicaps at Emerald Downs.
Patricia Murphy and Rick and Debbie Pabst bred the sale topper in Washington. The Pabsts’ Blue Ribbon Farm consigned the colt to the auction. He is out of the 18-year-old winning Synastry mare Irish Toast, who finished second in the 1995 Fashion Handicap at Yakima Meadows. Her other offspring include Atta Boy Roy, who scored in this year’s Governor’s Handicap at Emerald Downs.
The final results for the sale included a gross of $848,600 for the 102 horses that sold. The average price was $8,320, and the median price was $4,500. The buy-back rate was 38.6%.
Last year, 114 yearlings were sold for a gross of $1,317,300. The average was $11,555, and the median was $6,750. The buy-back rate was 42.7%.