Free Drop Billy Filly Tops the Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale

(Grand Prairie, Texas) A filly from the first crop of Spendthrift Farm’s stallion Free Drop Billy led the way at the 2022 Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, with the hammer dropping at $200,000.

The Louisiana-bred filly, consigned by Carl Deville as Hip 134, was purchased by Mansfield Racing. She was a supplement to the sale and she didn’t disappoint, breezing a quick 10.2 over the Lone Star Park dirt Monday afternoon. Out of the Half Ours mare Solo Buena, she’s a half-sister to stakes-placed Swot Analysis, who was second in the Louisiana Futurity at two. 

Hip 72, a colt by first crop stallion McCraken, standing at Airdrie Stud, was the second highest priced two-year-old to sell and the highest priced colt with a final bid of $125,000. Mansfield Racing signed the ticket for the dark bay or brown colt. He’s a half-brother to seven winners from seven to race, including stakes-winner Magic Tale. Pike Racing consigned the colt.

Wednesday’s sale outpaced last year’s sale in total sales, average price, and median price. Eighty-eight horses sold for $3,050,700 in total sales. The average price was $34,667 this year; last year, the average price was $32,671. The median jumped to $28,000, compared to $20,000 in 2021.

“We’re obviously thrilled to see such strong trade in our two-year-old market,” TTA Sales Director Foster Bridewell said. “We can’t thank the owners and consignors enough for sending us quality horses to sell and we’re fortunate that so many buyers showed up in a big way. I think it’s a sign of just how strong racing is in Texas, thanks to the increased purses and incentives for owners and breeders.”

Pike Racing, agent, was the leading consignor by total sales at $664,000.

Pike Back at Midlantic Sale With Promising Consignment

Al and Salley Pike’s Pike Racing sold the sale-topper at last year’s auction


Al and Salley Pike’s Pike Racing sold the $1.1 million sale-topping Uncle Mo  colt at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale, and the Louisiana-based operation is back this year with another promising consignment that is bound to appeal to prospective buyers during the two-day sale at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md., May 17-18.

“We are very excited,” Al Pike said. “We’ve brought a real solid group here. We have a couple of very nice Into Mischiefs. We have a beautiful Medaglia d’Oro   filly, a colt by Gun Runner   who had a great update, and a gorgeous New York-bred Curlin   colt who is a really nice horse. They all have some pedigree, they have the looks, and they performed well on the racetrack, so we’re excited.”

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Midnight Lute Filly Tops Equine Sales Company 2-Year-Old Sale

(Opelousas, Louisiana – May 7, 2018) — An accredited Louisiana-bred daughter of Midnight Lute sold for $77,000 on Monday to top the Equine Sales Company 2-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age Sale in Opelousas, Louisiana.
Named Nite Jean, the sale-topper went to prominent Southwest owner Carl Moore from the consignment of Pike Racing, agent. The May foal worked an eighth-mile on Sunday in :10 1/5, just one tick off the fastest time of :10 flat set by a trio of horses. Nite Jean is out of the winning Macho Uno mare St. Jean, who has produced a winner from her only starter and whose second dam is Grade 2 winner and graded stakes producer French Park.
The second-highest price was $65,000 for an accredited Louisiana-bred from the first crop of Sum of the Parts. The filly out of stakes winner La Salle Glory worked :10 flat and went to J. Stevens Bloodstock, agent, from the consignment of Ricky Courville, agent.
J. Stevens Bloodstock also picked up the highest-priced colt and third-highest price overall. The accredited Louisiana-bred by top Louisiana sire Half Ours sold for $55,000 after working :10 2/5.
All told, 42 of 61 horses sold for a total of $733,400. The average 2-year-old price was $18,168 with a median of $12,000. Last year’s sale posted an average 2-year-old price of $20,308 with an identical median. That auction was fueled by two six-figure sales, including an all-time sale record $110,000 for a Flat Out filly named Special Blessing. That filly just won the $75,000 Equine Sales Oaks this past Friday. There were two horses of racing age in this year’s sale that brought a total of $6,700.
“Last year’s 2-year-old sale was our best ever and we knew it would be hard to match those results, but I’m pleased that we came pretty close,” said Foster Bridewell, sales director.
Equine Sales Company has two auctions remaining this year with the Consignor Select Yearling Sale on September 6 and the Open Yearling and Mixed Sale on October 28.
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