Starlet of Seattle, a daughter of Slewdledo, brought the top price of $92,000 Tuesday during the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association (WTBA) summer yearling sale at Emerald Downs. The next-to-last horse through the sale ring, the filly was purchased by Emerald Downs president Ron Crockett.
Produced from the 19-year-old winning Exploded mare Exploded's Girl, Washington-bred Starlet of Seattle is a full sister to I'madrifter, a grade III winner who was a Washington champion. The dark bay or brown filly was consigned by her breeders: Ken and Patricia Paulson of Granger, Wash., and Bar C Racing Stable of Hermiston, Ore.
The WTBA reported that 152 horses were sold for a gross of $2,541,800, an average $16,722, and a median of $12,750. Forty-eight (24%) of the 200 horses offered were reported as not sold. Last year, 156 horses were sold for a gross of $2,482,500, an average of $15,913, and a median of $12,000.
"There were a few soft spots along the way, but generally speaking, many sold really well and most brought about what they were worth," said WTBA general manage Ralph Vacca. "The local market remains strong."
A Washington-bred colt by Beau Genius sold for the second-highest price of $90,000 to Jeff Bonde of California. Jerre Paxton's Northwest Farms consigned the handsome bay as agent for his breeders, Rick and Sharon Pasko of Kent, Wash. Produced from the 14-year-old stakes winning Just the Time mare Timely Bet, the colt is a half-brother to added-money winner Ippodamia (by Peterhof).