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WTBA Summer Yearling Sale
Posts Gains Across the Board

Bucking the coast to coast national trend thus far this year, the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s annual yearling sale, held September 6, posted solid gains across the board. Primary barometers of average ($17,959) and median ($14,250) prices were up nearly seven and 10 percent respectively from the 2004 figures, while gross receipts of $2,693,900 represented an increase of six percent. Buy-backs (RNAs) decreased by over 12 percent from last year.

Even with a relatively large number of Kentucky, Florida and California-breds on offer, Washington-bred youngsters ruled the day.

Topping the sale at $100,000 was Hip 147, a Washington-bred daughter of Tribunal—Bold Magistrate that went home with Emerald Downs CEO Ron Crockett. A beautiful, sleek filly, unnamed but well mannered and manicured, she was presented by the Enumclaw, WA, nursery named Griffin Place. Next in line and the highest price recorded for a colt was Hip 175, a strapping, state-bred son of Slewdledo—Expolded’s Girl that sold for $67,000 to Butte Crest Ranch of Medford, OR. Consigned by Bar C Racing Stables, agent, for Ken and Patricia Paulson (Granger, WA) and Bar C Racing Stables (Hermiston, OR), the jet black colt is a full brother to the 2004 sale topper.

Also selling well was Hip 171, a colt by Tribunal—Downpatrick Dragon that went for $65,000. Offered by Ron and Nina Hagen’s El Dorado Farms, he was purchased by Dick and Diane Roeper of Peoria, AZ. Selling for the same amount was Hip 208, a Kentucky-bred by Boundry—Jamaican Me Smile. The athletic looking colt was consigned by Northwest Farms and purchased by R & R Warren.

First year stallion Tribunal provided much of the buzz at the venue. His initial crop of youngsters averaged $27,750, with 12 reported as sold. Perhaps the most impressive number, for local breeders in a regional market at least, was that over 20 percent (39) of the horses offered brought final bids of over $25,000.


Summer Yearling Sale Summary and Comparison
  2004 2005 % Incr/Decr
from 2004
Number Sold 151 150 -0.7%
Gross Sales $2,546,800 $2,693,900 5.8%
Average Price $16,866 $17,959 6.5%
Median Price $13,000 $14,250 9.6%
(% of total)
49 (24.5%) 43 (22.3%) -12.2%
(% of total)
17 (7.8%) 19 (9.0%) 11.8%
High-selling Colt $90,000 $67,000 -25.6%
High-sellng Filly $92,000 $100,000 8.7%
Number Entered 324 363  
Number Cataloged 217 212  

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