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1999 Summer Yearling Sale

The Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association held their annual summer yearling sale on September 7 and Tim McMurry, acting as agent for Darby Dan Farm of Kentucky, went to $125,000 to purchase the sales topper. The yearling filly was by Gr. 2 stakes winner Mt. Livermore ($610,644) out of $167,257 stakes winner Spectacular Bev, dam also of graded stakes winner Sterling Pound. She was sold by Northwest Farms of Yakima.

A total of 155 yearlings were hammered sold at the Morris J. Alhadeff Sales Pavilion at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Washington, where buyers came from California, New York and Florida to purchase the one-year-old Thoroughbreds.

“We were very happy with the results,” said WTBA president Jerry Woods. “The industry is stabilized due to the success of Emerald Downs. Buyers seem secure that racing in western Washington at a high level is here to stay.”

Jeff Bonde, a northern California trainer, went to $70,000 to buy a yearling from the first crop of Game Plan. The colt was consigned by Barbara Ratcliff’s Coal Creek Farm in Enumclaw, Rainier Stables, agent.

Summer Yearling Sale Comparison
1998 - 1999
  1998 1999 Change
From '98
Number Sold 140 155 10.7%
Gross Sales $2,357,800 $2,824,600 19.8%
Average Price $16,841 $18,223 8.2%
Median Price $13,500 $15,000 11.1%
RNAs 63 (31%) 34 (18%) -46.0%
Outs 15 (6.9%) 13 (6.4%) -13.3%
High-selling Colt $68,000 $70,000 2.9%
High-sellng Filly $67,000 $125,000 86.6%
Number Entered 339 354  
Number Cataloged 218 202  

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