Carter Sales Co.'s OKC summer sale Aug. 17 enjoyed record total receipts and a rise in average price, with trading at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds led by a yearling Tiz Wonderful colt for a sale record $67,000.
The sales company reported 55 of 85 horses offered changed hands for an overall aggregate of $487,450, up 23.5% from last year. The average price of $8,863 was up 20% and marked the highest since the 2007 sale.
The buy-back rate rose from 26% in 2013 to 35%.
Shawn Schabel of Independence, Kan., acquired the sale-topping Tiz Wonderful
colt from consignor Brewster Ranch, agent for his breeder, Clark O. Brewster.
The winning Cherokee Run mare Serena Ballerina is the dam of Oklahoma-bred colt, who failed to reach his reserve on a final bid of $59,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale where he was offered by Hidden Brook, agent.
The dark bay or brown colt is half brother to one winner that is Serena Ballerina's only starter thus far. Second dam Do the Honours was a group III winner in France and a half sister to Royal Ascot winner Seba, who was third in the 2002 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) and UAE Oaks. The family includes Royal Ascot group-winning sprinter and sire Verglas.
Sales manager Terri Carter said in a release that the auction has always been tied to opening weekend at Remington Park and this year sale's also coincided with the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association meeting in Oklahoma City.
"We had the best crowd, the best horses and the best results in our sales history," Carter said.
"Our buy-back rate is tribute to the incredible racing we have here with maiden special weights running for $35,700. We also have a great stakes schedule and the sales company added a $25,000 bonus to the Clever Trevor Stakes, so some consignors chose to hold on to their horses and take a shot at that."