After four fillies tied for the fastest time during the April 7 under tack show at Lone Star Park, fillies again took center stage April 10 at the Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale, posting the five highest prices of the day. The auction, sponsored by the Texas Thoroughbred Association and Lone Star Park, was held at the Dallas-area track.
From 110 horses going through the ring, 75 head sold for a total of $1,751,400. The median was $15,000, up 14.5% from last year’s $13,100, and the average dipped 9.3% from $25,737 to $23,352. Buybacks at this year’s sale came in at 31.8% compared to 20.8% last year when 84 of 106 head sold for a total of $2,161,900.
“Overall, we were pretty pleased with the results,” said sales director Tim Boyce. “I’m happy to see that the median jumped up. Last year, we had four horses break $100,000 compared to two this year, so that affected the average a bit, but there was strong demand in the middle of the market as evidenced by the median going up. I heard from several horsemen today who said they were impressed by the quality of horses brought by our consignors.”
Hip 21, a daughter of Street Boss who worked an eighth-mile in :10 3/5 during Sunday’s under tack show, topped the sale with a $150,000 bid from Maui James. Consigned by Asmussen Horse Center, agent, the unnamed filly was bred in Kentucky by Stonehaven Steadings and is the first foal out of the winning Successful Appeal mare I Have a Price.
Maui James was the leading buyer with two purchases for $203,000. Danny Keene ranked second with four bought for $171,000.
The second-highest price of the day was also a filly—named All in Harmony—and the second foal out of her dam. Consigned as Hip 131 by Twin Oaks Training Center, agent, the daughter of Palace Malice was bred in Kentucky by Silver Springs Stud out of the Tale of the Cat mare Cativating. The filly worked an eighth-mile in :10 3/5 at the under tack show.
The highest-priced male—and sixth-highest overall—was Hip 129. Named Duffield, the son of Kennedy was purchased by John James for $62,000 from the consignment of Bryan Ford, agent.
Bred in Oklahoma by John James Revocable Trust out of the Broken Vow mare Broken Blues, the colt breezed an eighth-mile in :10 3/5 on Sunday.