Washington Summer Yearling Sale Average Jumps

Glen Todd and Dr. Mark Dedomenico buy $70,000 sales topper; average increases 33%.

Average yearling prices at the 2013 Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association’s Summer Yearling and Mixed Sale Aug. 20 increased 33.6% over 2012, with 76 youngsters selling for a $15,735 average and a $1,211,600 gross.

Held at the WTBOA’s Morris J. Alhadeff Sales Pavilion located at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash., 101 yearlings, six broodmares and three horses of racing age went through the sales ring, with 38 not meeting consignor expectations (RNAs). A total of 77 horses sold for a $1,252,800 gross.

Not since 2006 when 154 yearlings sold for a $15,431 average has the sale been anywhere near so successful, officials said.

Twenty-six yearlings and one broodmare brought more than $20,000 apiece.

The $70,000 sale topper, a full or half brother to three stakes winners including 2013 double juvenile stakes winner Del Rio Harbor, was purchased by the partnership of Glen Todd and Dr. Mark Dedomenico from Bar C Racing Stables and Desert Rose Racing. The colt is by Harbor the Gold from the Horse Chestnut mare Bahati.

Todd and Shawn Hansen went to $67,000 to buy the top filly, a daughter of Stormin Fever out of stakes producer Cielo Dulce purchased from Stormy and Ginger Samples’ Critter Creek Farm.

Char Clark Thoroughbreds sold broodmare Striking Scholar, whose son Stryker Phd ran a strong second in the Longacres Mile (gr. III) Aug. 18, to the Hansens for $36,000. The 9-year-old daughter of Smart Strike was bred to Stormin Fever on a March cover.