The Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association's summer yearling sale recorded small increases in gross revenue and median price Tuesday. The sale-topping price of $105,000 was brought by a strapping Kentucky-bred son of Honor Grades. Produced from the stakes-winning mare Taj Aire, he was purchased by Eric Kruljac, agent for Mitchell Ranch, from Sisimito, agent for Czech Mate Thoroughbreds. The colt is a half-brother to added-money winners Handyman Bill (by Skywalker) and R. Baggio (by Chimes Band).
The WTBA reported that 160 horses were sold for a gross of $2,589,300, an average of $16,183, and a median of $12,000. Compared to last year, the gross was up 4.4% and the median increased 6.7%. The average was down 4.7%. The WTBA also reported that the buy-back rate was 19%.
In 2002, the 146 horses sold grossed $2,480,600 and averaged $16,990. The median was $11,250.
Bringing the highest price for a filly was a daughter of Tale of the Cat--Jamaican Me Smile. The powerfully built chestnut filly fetched a final bid of $75,000. A Kentucky-bred, but raised by her consignor, Northwest Farms of Yakima, Wash., she was purchased by Robert Amendola of Brookville, N.Y.
Amendola was the biggest spender, purchasing six horses for $169,000. Kruljac bought five for $163,500.