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2008 WTBA
Winter Mixed Sale

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WTBA Winter Mixed Sale


The Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association held their annual winter mixed sale at the Morris J. Alhadeff Sales Pavilion located at Emerald Downs racetrack in Auburn on Sunday, December 7.

This year's abbreviated catalog featured 101 hips, of which 11 were early outs. Of the remaining 86 horses and four stallion shares offered, the sale topper was Hip 64, a yearling colt from the consignment of Ron and Nina Hagen’s El Dorado Farms who was purchased by Jim and Mona Hour, of SeaTac, for $13,000. The second highest offering was the broodmare Kaaaching, a stakes-producing daughter of River Special. The 12-year-old mare, bred to top Washington sire Cahill Road, was purchased from Griffin Place for $12,500 by Clemans View Farm in Naches.

While the percent of outs rose from 8.7 percent in 2007 to 10.9 percent in 2008, RNAs (those horses which did not sell) were down. Seventeen horses failed to find new homes (eight percent), down from the 25 percent recorded last year and much lower than the percentage seen at recent sales across the nation. A total of 73 offerings, which excludes the four stallion shares which must be approved first by the syndicate, sold for a $2,019 average, down 40.2 percent from the $3,374 average in 2007. The gross for the 2008 venue was $147,400.

Among the many features of the 2008 was a complimentary breakfast buffet served at the Quarter Chute Café on December 6. The event was well-attended by horsemen and was sponsored by the veterinary practice of Traber, Bergsman and Simkins, Inc. and Joe and Sally Steiner’s Quarter Chute Café.

As a special incentive, for every Washington-bred yearling or weanling which sold, the purchaser was eligible to win one of four $500 drawings – which would entitle them to up to a $500 deduction off the chosen drawn hip numbers. The four lucky winners were: Kevin Mertens (Hip 3C), Cornerstone Racing Stables (Hip 18), Dean Street (Hip 26) and Jeff Lynd (Hip 33).

The buyers of the three top broodmares selling were eligible for one of three “matchmaker” breedings in 2009. Jeff Harris, of Clemens View Farm, chose leading Oregon juvenile/freshman sire Harbor the Gold (courtesy of Pam and Neal Christopherson’s Bar C Racing Stable) for Kaaaching. Breedings to new stallions Raise the Bluff (El Dorado Farms) and Trickey Trevor (Allaire Farms) were also earned.

Top Selling Horses
Hip 64 2007 colt, Golden Missile—Skip a Dare (Consigned by El Dorado Farms LLC, Nina and Ron Hagen) Purchased by Jim and Mona Hour for $13,000
Hip 82 Kaaaching, 1996 mare, River Special—Saratoga Success (Consigned by Griffin Place LLC, agent) Purchased by Clemens View Farm for $12,500
Hip 37 2007 colt, Vying Victor—Lynntina Run (Consigned by Char Clark Thoroughbreds) Purchased by Craig Harder for $11,000
Hip 31 2007 filly, Tribunal—In Suzanne’s Honor (Consigned by El Dorado Farms LLC, Nina and Ron Hagen) Purchased by Green Hill Stables LLC for $10,000
Hip14 2007 filly, You and I—Carrie Ann (Consigned by Bar C Racing Stables, agent for Ken Jochimsen and Jenny Webber) Purchased by Margo Lloyd (Monogram Racing Stable) for $8,700
Hip 49 2007 colt, Globalize—Paris Next Year (Consigned by Griffin Place LLC, agent) Purchased by A.D. Hoskbergen for $7,500


Mixed Sale Summary and Comparison
2007 - 2008
  2007 2008
  No. Sold Avg. Gross No. Sold Avg. % Chg. (Avg.) Gross
Horses of Racing Age 8 $988 $7,900 1 $1,000 1.2% $1,000
Weanlings 17 $2,676 $45,500 6 $950 -64.5 $5,700
Yearlings 80 $3,774 $301,900 46 $2,537 -32.8% $116,700
Stallions 1 $1,500 $1,500 - - - -
Stallion Shares 2 $350 $700 4 $300 -14.3% $1,200
Broodmares 28 $3,621 $101,400 16 $1,394 -61.5% $22,300
TOTAL 136 $3,374 $458,900 73 $2,012 -40.4% $146,900
Median (All) $1,000 (-54.55%) $900 (-10.0%)
Total Catalogued 218 (-16.2%) 101 (-53.7%)
Outs 19 (8.7% of total) 11 (10.9% of total)
RNAs 63 (25% of total) 17 (7.0% of total)

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