The gross figure spent during this year’s session - $567,300 – dropped nearly $500,000 from last year’s $954,300, due in part to the 52 horses that were RNAs versus last year’s 34. Of 186 horses catalogued to the 2007 sale, 15 were withdrawn compared to last year’s 22 withdrawn from 181 hips.
This year, buyers spent $286,100 on 44 broodmares for an average of $6,502 and a median of $4,200 compared to last year’s $343,900 spent on 64 broodmares for an average of $5,373 and median of $3,200.
For weanlings, buyers spent $158,300 on 38 head for an average of $4,166 and a median of $1,500 – up significantly from the 2006 figures of $136,400 for 35 head with a $3,897 average, but down from last year’s $8,500 median.
With 22 yearlings selling this year compared to last year’s 12 offered, cumulative totals of $89,400 were up from the $72,000 spent in 2006. Average and median dropped severely, however, to $3,655 and $2,000 versus last year’s respective $6,000 and $8,500.
Two mares, one believed to be in foal to Wando and the other to Langfuhr, topped the sale when each sold for $35,000.
The first mare, Aofie, is a 4-year-old by One Way Love out of the Vanlandingham mare Sandhill Charm and is believed to be in foal to Wando. She was consigned by Schonberg Farm, agent, for Gustav Schickedanz and was purchased by Jack Johnston.
The second mare, Red Skimmer, is a 4-year-old by Gulch out of the Red Ransom mare Frayne and is believed to be in foal to Langfuhr. She was consigned by Paul and Frank O’Brien and was purchased by Paul O’Brien, but was not listed as an RNA.
The sale’s top weanling was a Trajectory filly out of the Tejabo mare Rivergreen. Bruno Schickedanz of Schickendanz farm and Rising Sun Stables purchased the filly for $15,500 from Gardiner Farms Limited, agent for Sandhill Racing Stables.
The top weanling colt was by The Cliff’s Edge, out of the Wild Rush mare Sweet Rush. Ron Bronstein went to $8,000 for the colt consigned by Woodlands (Gayle Wood), agent.
The top yearlings were both consigned by Hill ‘N’ Dale Sales Agency – a $15,000 Storm Boot filly purchased by Richard Hogan, agent, and a $12,000 Cat’s At Home colt purchased by BRU-MEL Stables Co.