Tyger Norway, a yearling colt from the first crop of the Storm Cat
stallion Norway, took the New Mexico market to new heights when he brought $127,000 on Aug. 21 to top the Ruidoso mixed sale. The price was a state record for a Thoroughbred yearling sold at public auction, according to the Ruidoso Select Sales Company, which conducted the auction at the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino.
The previous mark was the $110,000 brought by Stormy Lane (by Devon Lane) at the 2001 edition of the sale. He captured the Copper Top Thoroughbred Futurity the following year.
Stan Fulton, who operates Sunland Park Race Track and Casino, purchased Tyger Norway, who was consigned by R. Doug Mills of Pampa, Texas. The colt's dam is the 10-year-old Personal Flag mare Personal N Private, who is a half-sister to stakes producers Distinctive Manner and Distinct Manner. Personal N Private also is a half-sister to Brunojean, who was stakes-placed over jumps in France.
In addition, Tyger Norway's family includes added money winners Champagne Woman, Excitable Lady, and Raise Your Glass. Tyger Norway's sire is a half-brother to Horse of the Year and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner A.P. Indy
and to Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Squall
Tyger Norway was sold on the final night of the three-day mixed sale, which also offered Quarter Horses. Fulton purchased four of the top five selling Thoroughbreds on the last night of the auction.
Complete results of the sale were not immediately available.