Buddy’s Man, a son of K One King , topped the John Franks Memorial sale of 2-year-olds in training, bringing $45,000 March 21 at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana. Dorsey Farms purchased the colt from his breeder, Steve Crowe.
The chestnut juvenile is out of the winning Missionary Ridge mare Buddy’s Mission, who finished second in the 1998 Maid of the Mist Stakes at Belmont Park. He is a Louisiana-bred half brother to the winner Diamond Mission (by Deputy Diamond), who was second in the 2008 John Franks Memorial Sales Stakes.
The 66 2-year-olds that sold grossed $575,900 and averaged $8,726. The median was $4,950. Compared to last year, when 150 juveniles were sold, the gross plunged 59.4% from $1,417,100. The average dropped 7.6% from $9,447, but the median was about the same, falling only 1% from $5,000.
The buy-back rate rose to 50.7% from 24.6%.
In addition, during this year’s auction, three 3-year-olds were sold, and they grossed $74,000. The average price was $24,667, and the median was $26,000.
Stemmans Inc. conducted the sale.