Texas Juvenile Sale Up in Gross and Average

A colt by Dixieland Band, an early foal and obviously early maturing individual, brought $160,000 to top the Fasig-Tipton Texas sale of 2-year-olds in training Tuesday at Lone Star Park.

The first foal out of the winning Seattle Slew mare Madam Moyra, he was purchased by Neil Galvin of Our Blue Streaks Stables. Galvin said the colt would be taken to Keeneland by trainer Carl Deville.

During the under tack show two days before the sale, only a few of the juveniles worked three furlongs. The colt, a Jan. 24 foal already named Johnny U, worked a sharp :33 4/5.

His dam, Madam Moyra, is a half-sister to grade I winner and producer Magical Maiden and grade II winner Magical Mile. He was consigned by Pre-K Training Center, agent.

The sale was up from a year ago, when the auction was conducted just after the war in Iraq began. On Tuesday, 192 juveniles were auctioned for $3,507,800, an average of $18,270. The average was an increase of 12.1%.

The one negative was the median decreased, from $10,000 to $8,250.

The average last year was $16,299 for the 152 horses sold for a gross of $2,477,50.

The buy back rate was 42.6% in 2003 and dropped to 31.4% this year.

Colts by Just a Cat and Smoke Glacken brought $130,000 each. Oklahoma bloodstock agent Jimmy Davis bought the Just a Cat colt, while the Smoke Glacken colt was purchased by trainer Cole Norman on behalf of Tom Kagele.

In the under tack show, the Just a Cat colt worked an eighth of a mile in :10 3/5; the Smoke Glacken colt worked the same distance in :10 1/5.

Consigned by Quality Farms, the Louisiana-bred Just a Cat colt is named Crawfish King. He is just the second foal out of the Zuppardo's Prince mare To Geaux.

The Smoke Glacken colt, named Outsmoken, was sold by Thoroughbred Exchange. Out of the Ack Ack mare Weejiner, he is a half-brother to Fancy Footwear, a stakes winner of nearly $150,000.

Bred in Kentucky, Outsmoken was purchased as a yearling for $50,000.

The highest priced filly was a daughter of Devil's Bag that sold right at the end of the sale. Consigned by Thoroughbred Exchange, she was purchased by Texan Larry Brumbaugh for $150,000. Produced from the Thirty Six Red mare Red Cascade, she worked the co-best eight of a mile, :10 flat.