Hip #219, a bay Accredited Louisiana Bred colt by Into Mischief out of stakes placed winning mare Mystery At Sea, topped the Equine Sales of Louisiana 2016 Consignor Select Yearling Sale. The bidding for the half brother to stakes winner Cook Some Rice and stakes placed winner Carmen’s Mystery was fast and furious. When the hammer fell, Eddie Woods had purchased the March 2015 colt for $145,000. Clear Creek Stud, LLC, Agent was the consignor.
The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) and Equine Sales of Louisiana announced in early March of this year a mutual agreement with the purpose of encouraging and supporting a single annual yearling sale, and racing opportunities for Louisiana thoroughbred horse owners, breeders, trainers and potential buyers in Louisiana.
“At the time we agreed to suspend the operation of the Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana’s Annual Yearling Sale for a period of five years in order to assist with advertising, information gathering, and to provide a full endorsement of the Equine Sales of Louisiana,” said Warren Harang III, president of the LTBA Board of Directors.
Yesterday’s sale was packed with buyers and horsemen from multiple states. Equine Sales Company of Louisiana cataloged 224 head for its Consignor Select Yearling Sale held in Opelousas, La.
“Our number one priority continues to be the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association and its members,” said Harang. “We are moving forward as a unified group to solidify the future of our industry in Louisiana. This sale is a good example of what can happen when we all work together.”
Consignors and buyers agree that the facility has all the right amenities for people and horses. The sales staff performance received high marks for organization, overall program and attention to detail. The Opelousas facility is easily accessible located mid-state on Interstate 49. There are plenty of accommodations and restaurants for out of town buyers and consignors, both in Opelousas and nearby Lafayette, La.
“The stabling for the horses is excellent and the sales pavilion provided a great setting for the sale,” said Harang. “The financial results should be posted shortly and we expect a good result for this first ever unified yearling sale.”
For more information about the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association call (504) 947-4676 or go to: LouisianaBred.com.