Tribal Rule Yearlings Top Washington Sale

WTBOA yearling and mixed auction conducted Aug. 26 was up slightly at Emerald Downs.

A yearling by the deceased California sire Tribal Rule was purchased by trainer Mark Glatt for $57,000 to top the Aug. 26 Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association's summer yearling and mixed sale.

The auction was held at the Morris J. Alhadeff Sales Pavilion at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash.

A Washington-bred consigned by Griffin Place, the filly was produced from the stakes-placed Sledledo mare Bella Campana and descends from the family of Rings a Chime, a three-time Washington champion who won the Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland and is the dam of grade I winner Country Star.

Offspring of Tribal Rule, California's leading sire who died in May of this year of an apparent heart attack at Ballena Vista Farm, dominated the yearling sale.

Second-highest price of $52,000 was paid by Todd and Shawn Hansen for a Tribal Rule filly named Nine Point Nine from the Critter Creek consignment. The filly was produced from the winning Cahill Road mare Cielo Dulce and is a half sister to stakes winner Sweet Saga. Her female family includes grade I winner Graydar .

According to The Jockey Club Information Systems, 84 yearlings were sold for a total $1,308,000, producing an average of $15,571 and a $9,000 median. The 23 horses that did not sell represented 21.5% of the total 107 through the ring.

The sale also included 17 broodmares that grossed $15,300, and eight horses of racing age that sold for an aggregate $10,000.

At last year's auction, 84 yearlings brought $1,252,800 for an average price of $14,914, with 26 RNAs. The median was also $9,000 in 2013.