505 Farms Fillies Set Washington Records

Two stakes-winning fillies set records for the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association's sales division when they were sold Tuesday as part of the 505 Farms dispersal. Top price of $250,000 was paid by Rod Rodriguez of Cottonwood, Calif., for Collect Call, a 2-year-old daughter of Meadowlake who won the Lassie Stakes at Hastings Park in her career debut on July 15. Rodriguez, who said he plans to race his purchases in California, also acquired the sale's second-highest priced horse when he paid $240,000 for Fair Apache, a multiple stakes-winning 4-year-old Bertrando filly.

The sale-topping fillies were consigned by Narvick International, as agent for the estate of the late 505 Farm owner Marshall Naify. WTBA reported 45 horses were sold as part of the 505 Dispersal for an average price of $36,229 from a gross of $1,630,300. During the WTBA's annual yearling sale, also conducted Tuesday at Emerald Downs, a record price for a yearling sold in the state was set when Dave and Jill Heerensperger paid $185,000 for a Miner's Mark colt consigned by Northwest Farms.

WTBA reported 146 yearlings were sold for a total of $3,048,500, with the average price of $20,880 representing a 14.5% gain over the 1999 average of $18,223 when 155 head grossed $2,824,600.