Devil's Bag Colt Tops Washington Mixed Sale

A yearling colt by Devil's Bag sold to Bill Feeley of Roscoe, Mont., for $37,000 to top the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association's winter mixed sale on Sunday. Produced from the 10-year-old Greinton mare No Extra Charge, the chestnut colt is a half-brother to Melcapwalker (by Skywalker), winner of this year's Emerald Express Stakes at Emerald Downs. The consignor was Bella Bloodstock, who was acting on the behalf of Northwest Farms.

The auction was conducted at the Morris J. Alhadeff Sales Pavillion at Emerald Downs.

The WTBA reported that 233 Thoroughbreds were sold for a gross of $888,050 and an average of $3,811. The gross and average were down by 19.0% and 12.4%, respectively, from a year ago. This year's median was $2,200, down by 2.2%. Yearlings averaged $4,944; broodmares averaged $1,850; and weanlings averaged $2,437.

Last year, 252 horses were sold for a gross of $1,095,750, an average of $4,348, and a median of $2,250.

The highest-priced weanling this year was a colt by Slewdledo out of the stakes-winning mare Casey's Whiff (by John Casey). Dave and Elaine Parks bought the colt for $11,500 from Woods Creek Training Center, agent for Darlene Trask.

The highest priced broodmare this year was Maxter, a winning daughter of Fast Play who earned more than $70,000. Trainer Thomas Wenzel purchased her for $7,200 for his client, Karl Krieg of Oak Harbor, Wash. A 7-year-old who sold in foal to Tough Knight, Maxter was consigned by Tall Cedars Farm, agent for Valleymeade Farm and Ryan and Erin Palmer.