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Thoroughbred Racing Prospects Bring Top Dollar

All the hype leading up to the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s annual Summer Yearling Sale, held September 7 at Emerald Downs, was directed at the dozens of Kentucky-bred youngsters on offer, by high profile, high dollar stallions, including the offspring of four recent Kentucky Derby winners.

At the end of the day however, it would be two Washington-breds that would fetch the highest prices. The next to last horse to pass through the sales ring, hip #216 proved to be the sale topper at $92,000. From the time the daughter of leading Washington sire Slewdledo entered the sales ring, a spirited bidding duel ensued between at least four separate interests, intent on purchasing her. When the hammer fell, the dark bay filly found a new home with Emerald Downs president Ron Crockett. Sold by her breeders, Ken and Patricia Paulson of Granger, WA, she was part of the Bar C Racing Stable consignment.

The second highest price was the $90,000 paid for hip #138, a Washington-bred colt by California based sire Beau Genius. Consigned by Northwest Farms of Yakima, WA, on behalf of breeders Rick and Sharon Pasko of Kent, WA, she was purchased by Jeff Bonde of Pleasanton, CA.

A total of 151 head were sold for gross receipts of $2,546,800, a 2.6 percent increase over last year's total. The average price ($16,866) and median price ($13,000) also rose slightly. The gross receipts represent the highest total at this venue since 2000 and the average price is the highest figure recorded since 2001.


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Summer Yearling Sale Summary and Comparison
  2003 2004 % Incr/Decr
from 2003
Number Sold 156 151 -3.2%
Gross Sales $2,482,500 $2,546800 2.6%
Average Price $15,913 $16,866 6.0%
Median Price $12,000 $13,000 8.3%
(% of total)
42 (29.4%) 49 (24.5%) 16.7%
(% of total)
16 (7.5%) 17 (7.8%) 6.3%
High-selling Colt $105,000 $90,000 -14.3%
High-sellng Filly $75,000 $92,000 22.7%
Number Entered 287 324  
Number Cataloged 214 217  

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