The Breeders Sales of Louisiana 2023 Yearling Sale followed by Mixed Session catalog is now online on the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) website.
The printed catalog is in production and will be in the mail mid to late August.
The Yearling Sale which will be followed by a Mixed Session under the banner of Breeders Sales of Louisiana, will be held on Thursday, September 28th at the Equine Sales of Louisiana facility in Opelousas, La.
Originally scheduled for Saturday, September 30th, the LTBA Board of Directors decided to move the date of the 2023 Sale to Thursday, September 28th, in order to attract buyers between the Keeneland and Fasig Tipton Mid-Atlantic Yearling Sales. LTBA hopes to attract more nationally prominent trainers and buyers who have traditionally skipped the Breeders Sale to go to Fasig Tipton.
The Breeders Sales of Louisiana 2023 sale has attracted its largest catalog to date since the LTBA jumped in to fill the void left by Equine Sales of Louisiana in 2021. The 2023 catalog includes 162 yearlings, 41 broodmares, 3 weanlings and 2 horses of racing age.
In the 2022 Sale, 138 yearlings were cataloged with 18 withdrawn. 101 yearlings sold for a gross of $1,690,600 nearly doubling the 2021 gross of $898,000. The yearling average was $16,739 with a median of $10,000 another significant increase over 2021 average $13,027 and median $8,000.
Three weanlings sold for a gross of $20,000, one horse of racing age sold for $7,000, and nine broodmares sold for a gross of $67,800. The gross for the overall sale was $1,785,400.
“Louisiana Breds have been very popular at the sales around the country. Now with the introduction of Sports Betting and the coming of Historical Horse Racing Machines, we anticipate that purses for Accredited Louisiana Breds will increase dramatically. We expect the value of, and demand for Louisiana Bred yearlings to increase substantially as well,” says LTBA Secretary/Treasurer Roger Heitzmann, III