October 28, 2018. Open Yearling/Mixed Sale
Pair of $50,000 Fillies Pace Equine Sales Company Open Yearling and Mixed Sale
(October 29, 2018 – Opelousas, Louisiana) – The Equine Sales Company Open Yearling and Mixed Sale, held Sunday in Opelousas, Louisiana, got off to a strong start with a pair of
Louisiana-bred yearling fillies bringing $50,000 apiece early in the auction, and the final results showed big increases from last year.
All told, the yearling and mixed sessions combined for sales of $333,100 with 85 of 126 head sold for an average price of $3,919. Last year’s auction reported gross sales of $203,350 with 84 of 183 sold with an average of $2,421. Last year’s top-seller came in at $17,000. “It was great to see the upward trend continue in Louisiana after we had a very successful select yearling sale in September,” said Foster Bridewell, sales director. “Having two horses bring $50,000 is a big deal for the open yearling and mixed sale, plus we had good results overall with a jump in average over last year.”
The first filly to bring $50,000 was hip 10, a daughter of Proud Citizen who sold to Charles Castille from the consignment of Brown’s Thoroughbred Farm. Named Gator Proud, the April filly is a full sister to multiple Grade 3 winner Miz Ida out of the stakes winning and Grade 3-placed Green Alligator mare May Gator.
The other $50,000 filly was hip 18, Blessed Anna, who sold to Virginia Lazenby from Select Sales, agent for Coteau Grove Farms LLC. The February foal is from the first crop of the
Medaglia d’Oro stallion Fast Anna and out of Pleasantly Blessed, a multiple stakes winner by Pleasant Tap whose three foals to race are all winners.
September 6, 2018 Consignor Select Yearling Sale
A Louisiana-bred colt from the first crop of Palace (City Zip) was knocked down to J. Stevens Bloodstock for $105,000 to top Thursday’s consignor preferred session of Equine Sales Company of Louisiana’s Select Yearling Sale held in Opalousas, LA.
The session-topper (hip 93) was consigned by 4M Ranch as agent and is a February-foaled son of Sheer Speed (Kafwain), a half-sister to MSW & GSP and near $900,000 earner Red Lead (Red Bullet).
Red River Farm consigned the session’s other six-figure seller in the form of hip 157, a Louisiana-bred son of first-crop yearling sire Lea (First Samurai) who fetched $100,000. Carl Moore Management LLC was the name on the docket.
A total of 150 horses were sold for gross receipts of $1,949,400, good for an average of $12,999 (+9.6%) and a median of $6,000 (-14.2%).
“We had a very strong sale last year, so we were extremely pleased to exceed those numbers this year,” said Foster Bridewell, sales director. “The fact that we had 10 horses go for $50,000 or more proves that our consignors really brought some quality stock and that our buyers stepped up to get those individuals. There’s a lot of money to run for in Louisiana, and Louisiana-breds have proven again and again that they can win anywhere, most recently with Classy John, who sold here as a 2-year-old for $12,000, winning an $85,000 maiden special at Saratoga last month by daylight.”