Fire at the LA Sale.

Fire at the LA Sale.

Shirley Dievert

Average, Median Rise at Louisiana Sale

Afleet Alex colt brings the top price of $120,000 Sept. 27.

The Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana’s yearling auction posted major increases of 41.6% in its average price and 34.3% in its median price while experiencing a downturn in the buy-back rate Sept. 27.

A son of Afleet Alex  topped the sale, bringing $120,000 at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe, La.

Mary K. Grum purchased the bay colt, which is the second foal out of Swifty Victress. The Macho Uno  mare captured the D. S. Shine Young Memorial Futurity and the John Franks Memorial Sales Stakes in 2007 at Evangeline Downs.

Clear Creek Stud, agent, consigned the sale-topping colt.

The most expensive filly and the second-highest-priced yearling overall was a $90,000 daughter of Private Vow out of Dandy’s Sunshine (by Premiership). L.R. Lasater bought the filly from Red River Farm, agent.

The results for the auction included a gross of $1,479,400 for the 135 yearlings that were sold. The average was $10,959 and the median was $4,700. Compared to last year, the gross and number sold sold fell 3% and 31.5%, respectively.

The buy-back rate was 34.1% compared to 38.1% in 2010.

The auction was delayed about an hour because of a grease fire that developed while catfish were being fried in a building adjacent to the sale pavilion, filling the area with smoke.