A year after record figures were posted at the Fasig-Tipton Texas sale of 2-year-olds in training, the numbers fell back significantly April 3 during the one-day auction at Lone Star Park near Grand Prairie.
On the day, 183 juveniles were auctioned for $3,263,200, an average of $17,832 and a median of $10,000. In addition, the percentage of horses bought back jumped up to 39.2%, with 118 failing to find new homes.
The gross was down 27.1%, the average 23.1%, and the median 33.3% from a year ago when the sale saw 193 sold for $4,476,000, an average of $23,192 and a median of $15,000. At the 2006 session, there were 68 horses, 26.1% listed as not sold.
Last year’s sale was the best ever in Texas, with a record average and five juveniles sold for more than $100,000. On April 3, there were three 2-year-olds sold for six-figure prices, two colts and one filly.
The top price was $180,000 paid by Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt for a colt by Storm Passage out of the End Sweep mare Sweep and Roll. The Louisiana-bred colt was consigned by Robert Brewer, agent. Brewer bought the colt for $20,000 from consignor Montgomery Equine Center, agent, at last year’s Louisiana Breeders Sales’ October sale.
For $170,000, Mark Cornett of Turf Express bought a colt by Gulf Storm as agent for Paul Mostert. The Florida-bred colt is out of the Way West mare Cheyann Scout. The colt was first sold at the 2006 Ocala Breeders’ Sale Co.’s January auction by Nancy Bauman, agent. He was purchased by See Through Stable for $15,000. The colt was consigned to last year’s Keeneland September sale by Blandford Stud, agent, but was withdrawn prior to the auction.
Cornett, also as agent for Mostert, bought the top filly, paying $115,000 for a daughter of Siphon out of the stakes-placed Silver Buck mare Bea Silver. Consigned by Leprechaun Racing, agent, the filly was purchased by Mike and Britt Mulligan’s Leprechaun for $45,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Texas yearling sale from Liberty Bloodstock, agent. The Louisiana-bred filly was an out at the 2005 Keeneland November sale when consigned by Warrandale Sales, agent.