Anne M. Eberhardt

Texas 2-year-old Sale to Return in 2017

Entries for the Texas Thoroughbred Association sale close Jan. 16

The Texas Thoroughbred Association will hold its second Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale April 4, 2017 at Lone Star Park. The under tack show will be April 2 at the Dallas-area racetrack. Entries for the sale close Jan. 16.

The TTA, in partnership with Lone Star Park, held its first 2-year-old sale in April, taking over the auction from Fasig-Tipton. This year's sale posted an average of $18,515 and a buy-back rate of 19.7%, both significant improvements over the last Fasig-Tipton juvenile sale in 2015.

As with sale graduates from this year, all horses offered will be eligible for the Texas Thoroughbred Futurity to be run in two divisions for an estimated $100,000 apiece at Lone Star. The sale will again be managed by Tim Boyce.

The 2016 2-year-old sale has already produced three stakes winners from 53 head sold, highlighted by Bling on the Music, a Texas-bred daughter of Too Much Bling , who topped the sale at $95,000 and has recorded two stakes wins and a placing in the grade II Pocahontas Stakes at Keeneland. She has earned $153,082 so far.

"The results of our first 2-year-old sale, and our first yearling and mixed sale in August, have shown that Texas and the surrounding region can support a strong auction market for both buyers and sellers," said Mary Ruyle, TTA executive director. "With the experience of those auctions and more time to market the 2-year-old sale, we expect to grow both TTA sales in 2017."