Washington Yearling Sale Suffers Declines

(Edited WTBA press release)

A Thunder Gulch colt sold for $75,000 Tuesday to top the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders summer yearling sale at Emerald Downs. He was among the 105 horses that sold of the 153 offered, according to the WTBA.

California trainer Jeff Bonde purchased the colt from Jerre Paxton's Northwest Farms. The colt is out of stakes winner Ropersandwranglers. Northwest Farms also sold the second highest priced individual – and top-selling filly – a $62,000 daughter of Monarchos. She is the first foal from an unraced half-sister to stakes winner Strong Credentials. Dana Halvorson, an agent from Enumclaw, Wash., was the buyer.

The leading buyer (by gross expenditures) was longtime horseman and Oregon businessman Art McFadden, who bought eight yearlings for a total of $184,000.

The WTBA reported that the $15,397 average price was down by 14.3% over last year's $17,959. The median price declined from $14,250 in 2005 to $10,000 in 2006, a drop of 29.8%. The gross was down 12.6%, as sales totaled $2,355,800 versus $2,693,900 in 2005.