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2007 WTBA
Winter Mixed Sale

Sky Mesa Yearling Colt Tops
WTBA Winter Mixed Sale


The Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association held their annual winter mixed sale on Sunday, December 2, at the Morris J. Alhadeff Sales Pavilion located at Emerald Downs racetrack in Auburn.

Auburn residents Mike and Amy Feuerborn, who raced 2007 WTBA Lads Stakes winner Gallon, purchased the sale topper, a Kentucky-bred colt sired by national freshman stallion Sky Mesa, for $24,000 from the Woodstead Farm consignment. The half-brother to San Vicente Stakes (G2) winner Archer City Slew was one of 82 yearlings which sold for a $3,694 average. The second highest priced individual selling was also a yearling, a half-brother to 2006 Washington champion three-year-old filly She’s All Silk. The Free At Last—Shimmer of Silk colt was purchased by Al Strumecki of Edmonton, Alberta, for $20,000 from the consignment of Rick and Debbie Pabst’s Blue Ribbon Farm. Also of interest among the yearlings selling was a filly by Washington leading juvenile and freshman sire Polish Gift out of Poker Knight who was purchased by the newly incorporated Doo-Dah Stable LLC, the nom de course for first-time horse owner Ralph Vacca – longtime general manager of the WTBA who retires on December 31 – and Kenneth Alhadeff.

A weanling filly from the second crop of Grade 2 stakes winner Even the Score topped the 17 foals of 2007 sold. The February filly was purchased by Claudia Atwell Canouse, agent, for $19,000 from the Woodstead Farm consignment.

Two broodmares sold for $15,000 or more. Thirteen-year-old Inspired Verse, dam of Washington champion Jumron Won, sold bred to Matty G for $15,500. Amar Jeet Jatana purchased the daughter of Opening Verse from the Prisco Vacca Farm. Full Scream Ahead, a stakes winner of $319,550 – bred to Cahill Road – was purchased by Robert M. Clements, agent, for Abed Itan for $15,000 from the Blue Ribbon Farm consignment for Fell Hill Farm. The 29 broodmares sold averaged $3,517.

Eight horses of racing age averaged $988, while two stallion shares were sold for a $350 average. The lone stallion entered, Just Ruler, brought $1,500.

A total of 218 horses and stallion shares were consigned to the event which saw 139 individuals change hands for $460,500 and a $3,313 average. Overall, the average dropped 8.7 percent and the median went down dramatically from $2,200 in 2006 to $1,000 in 2007.

Top Selling Yearlings
Hip 75, c., Sky Mesa—I’m Yours Joe (Woodstead Farm, Agent)…Mike and Amy Feuerborn $24,000
Hip 124, c., Free At Last—Shimmer of Silk (Blue Ribbon Farm, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick L. Pabst)…Al Strumecki $20,000
Hip 119, c., He’s Tops—Seattle Seamstress (Candi Tollett, Agent)…Howard Belvoir, Agent $17,000
Hip 145, f., Katahaula County—Trillia (Griffin Place LLC, Agent)…Jim Penney, Agent $15,000
Hip 46, c., Tribunal—Casey’s Syn (Griffin Place LLC, Agent)…Howard Belvoir, Agent $14,000
Hip 113, f., Polish Gift—Poker Knight (Allaire Farms, Agent)…Doo-Dah Stable LLC $12,000
Hip 64, c., Sir Cherokee—Flying Pulpit (Derby Connection, Inc.)…Frank L. Gaunt $11,000
Hip 92, c., Tribunal—Mahaska (Candi Tollett, Agent)…Howard Belvoir, Agent $11,000

Top Selling Weanlings
Hip 30, f., Even the Score—Prize and Joy (Woodstead Farm, Agent)…Claudia Atwell Canouse, Agent $19,000
Hip 15, c., Globalize—Brave Miss (Candi Tollett, Agent for Fell Hill Farm)…Howard Belvoir, Agent $7,500

Top Selling Broodmares
Hip 191, Inspired Verse, 1994, Opening Verse—In Spire [Matty G] (Prisco Vacca Farms)…Amar Jeet Jatana $15,500
Hip 187, Full Scream Ahead, 1996, Katahaula County—Honorary Award [Cahill Road] (Blue Ribbon Farm, Agent for Fell Hill Farm)…Robert M. Clements, Agent for Abed Itan $15,000
Hip 172, Brave Miss, 2000, Delineator—Stormy Verdict [Tribunal] (Blue Ribbon Farm, Agent for Fell Hill Farm)…Linda Weeks $13,000
Hip 203, Prize and Joy, 1995, Fly So Free—Victor’s Prize [He’s Tops] (Woodstead Farm, Agent) $11,500

Top Selling Horse of Racing Age
Hip 13, Way Ahead of You, 2002 g., Bright Launch—Crystal Flag (Candi Tollett, Agent)…Steven A. Many $2,000


Mixed Sale Summary and Comparison
2006 - 2007
  2006 2007
  No. Sold Avg. Gross No. Sold Avg. % Chg. (Avg.) Gross
Horses of Racing Age 6 $1,433 $8,600 8 $988 -31.04% $7,900
Weanlings 21 $1,857 $39,000 17 $2,676 44.11% $45,500
Yearlings 102 $5,286 $539,200 80 $3,774 28.59% $301,900
Stallions - - - 1 $1,500 - $1,500
Stallion Shares 7 $1,357 $9,500 2 $350 -74.20% $700
Broodmares 50 $1,576 $78,800 28 $3,621 129.76% $101,400
TOTAL 186 $3,630 $675,100 136 $3,374 -7.05% $458,900
Median (All) $2,200 (46.67%) $1,000 (-54.55%)
Total Catalogued 260 (1.6%) 218 (-16.2%)
Outs 34 (13.1% of total) 19 (8.7% of total)
RNAs 40 (15.4% of total) 63 (25% of total)

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