Marquetry Filly Tops WTBA Summer Yearling Sale

The median price rose Tuesday during the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association summer yearing sale, but the gross revenue and average price suffered setbacks.

A Marquetry filly topped the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association (WTBA) summer yearling auction Tuesday, selling for $80,000 in the M.J. Alhadeff Sales Pavilion at Emerald Downs. John Brocklebank of Santa Barbara, Calif., purchased the dark bay or brown filly, which is out of the 17-year-old stakes-winning Capt. Don mare Tempered Dawn and is a half-sister to stakes-placed, four-time winner Ruby Dawn (by Pioneering). Griffin Place, agent, consigned the filly.

According to preliminary resultsfor the auction reported by the WTBA, 145 yearlings were sold for a gross of $2,185,100. The average price was $15,035, and the median was $12,000. The buy-back rate was 26.0%, with 51 of the 196 horses offered failing to find new homes.

The median rose 20.0% from last year's comparable figure of $10,000. However, the gross declined 7.2% from $2,355,800 and average fell 2.3% from $15,937. The 2006 buy-back rate was 25.4%.

Jerre Paxton’s Northwest Farms, as agent, consigned the second-highest-priced offering, a $75,000 daughter of Golden Missile. The bay yearling is out of the 8-year-old Carson City mare Strong Credentials, winner of the Angie C. Stakes at Emerald Downs. Dr. Patrick Sheehy's Super Horse, based in Newport Beach, Calif., bought the filly.

The most expensive colt, at $60,000, was by Milwaukee Brew out of the 8-year-old winning Gilded Timemare My Chanel, who is a half-sister to graded winners Wanderin Boy and Early Warning. R & R Warren (Ron and Rosalie Warren of Olympia, Wash.) purchased the colt from Griffin Place, agent for Melissa Martin and Lynne Kelsey.