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Black Tie Affair (Ire) Colt
Tops 1998 Washington
Thoroughbred Sale

The Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association conducted their summer yearling sale on September 8 at the Morris J. Alhadeff Sales Pavilion at Emerald Downs. A total of 139 yearlings sold for $2,333,500 and averaged $16,788. Last year 150 yearlings averaged $17,067.
    Topping the eight-hour sale was a colt by horse of the year Black Tie Affair (Ire), a stakes winner of $3.3 million. Tom Burlingame, acting as agent for Soos Creek Equine, a partnership consisting of Woods Creek Training Center owner Mark Dedomenico, Ed Bloom, Burlingame and Jeff Vens, sold the colt to John Deeter Trust for $68,000. Deeter, of Reno, Nevada, attended the sale with his northern California trainer, Leonard Shoemaker.
    Two other yearlings sold for $67,000 each, as Dave and Jill Heerensperger of Bellevue purchased a colt by Star de Naskra from Northwest Farms, agent, and Roy Guinnane of San Francisco bought a filly by Marquetry from Big D Ranch of Kent.
    The historic sale was the first summer yearling sale held in the new sales pavilion at Emerald Downs in Auburn. The Washington Thoroughbred Foundation built the pavilion and general offices entirely with donated funds. The Winter Mixed Sale will be the next auction for the Washington Thoroughbred industry and will be held the first weekend in December.

Summer Yearling Sale Comparison
1997 - 1998
  1997 1998 Change
From '97
Number Sold 150 140 - 6.7%
Gross Sales $2,560,100 $2,357,800 - 7.9%
Average Price $17,067 $16,841 - 1.3%
Median Price $12,500 $13,500 + 8%
RNAs 38 (20.2%) 63 (31%) + 68.4%
Outs 12 (6%) 15 (6.9%) + 25%
High-selling Colt $80,000 $68,000 - 15%
High-sellng Filly $140,000 $67,000 - 52.1%
Number Entered 312 339  
Number Cataloged 200 218  

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