Louisiana-breds Shine at Texas 2YO Sale

Accredited Louisiana breds sold exceptionally well at the Texas Two-Year-Olds In Training Sale which was held Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at Lone Star Park at Grand  Prairie. 

A Louisiana-bred filly from the first crop of Spendthrift Farm’s stallion Free Drop Billy consigned by Carl Deville as Hip 134 topped the sale at $200,000. The filly attracted attention after she breezed 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. The filly previously sold as a yearling in the 2021 Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana Yearling Sale for $10,500. 

A total of 30 accredited Louisiana breds sold for $1,137,500 with an average of $37,917, above the sale average of $34,667. The median price for Louisiana breds sold through the ring was $30,000 also above the sale median of $28,000.

Other Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana Yearling Sale graduates showed significant bumps over their yearling sale prices. Hip 133, a filly by Star Guitar out of the Hard Spun mare, Well Spun also consigned by Carl Deville, sold for $30,000 an increase of $21,500 over her yearling sale price of $8,500. And Hip 100, a colt by Guilt Trip out of the stakes winning Milwaukee Brew mare Hometown Gossip, sold for $24,000 out of the Benchmark Training Center Consignment, up $20,500 from his yearling sale price of $3,500. 

Following the sale, Roger Heitzmann, Secretary/Treasurer of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association said “Louisiana breds offer pinhookers a terrific return on their investment. With purses on the rise in Louisiana, I expect the demand for accredited Louisiana breds to rise as well.”

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.

Straight Fire Colt Blazes The Bullet in Texas

(Grand Prairie, Texas) A colt by Straight Fire was worth the wait at the 2022 Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale breeze show Monday.

Cataloged in the supplement as Hip 144, the colt was the last horse on the track Monday afternoon, delivering the fastest 1/8th of a mile breeze, stopping the clock in 10.1 on the Lone Star Park oval. Consigned by Pike Racing as agent, the LNJ Foxwood-bred colt is out of the Excellent Art mare Luckfromabove (IRE); her first foal to race, a full sister to this colt, is a winner. 

Six horses collected a 10.2 clocking over the dirt at Lone Star Park, all tying for the second fastest 1/8th of the day:

Hip 56: Filly by Conquest Mo Money out of the Northern Afleet mare Afleet Tee, consigned by 

Benchmark Training Center, Agent for Judge Lanier Racing

Hip 68: Colt by Midshipman out of the Harlan’s Holiday mare Capital Deployment, consigned by 

Pike Racing, Agent.

Hip 69: Filly by Accelerate out of G2SW Ciao Bella Luna, consigned by Pike Racing, Agent

Hip 72: Colt by McCraken out of SP Conjuress, consigned by Pike Racing, Agent

Hip 89: Colt by Palace Malice out of the Zensational mare Gagaoveryou, consigned by Oak Creek 

Thoroughbreds, Agent for Aidan Green

Hip 134: Filly by Free Drop Billy out of the Half Ours mare Solo Buena, consigned by Carl Deville, 

Agent

“I think the quality horses the consignors sent to us for this sale really put on a show today,” TTA Sales Director Foster Bridewell said. “The last horse to breeze drops the bullet, we had six go 10.2, and 17 stopped the timer in 10.3; that’s a testament to the horses and the training leading up. We owe a debt of gratitude to the folks that trust us to sell for them and we’re thankful for the consignors who have brought these athletes to this sale.”

The breeze results and videos are available online at TTAsales.com. The 2022 Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale is Wednesday, April 6th, beginning at 12pm CT.

Stallion Power In the 2022 Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale Catalog

(Austin, TX) – One-hundred-thirty-two two-year-olds are cataloged with sire power, both nationally and regionally, in the 2022 Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, presented by the Texas Thoroughbred Association and Lone Star Park. The sale is set for April 6th at the sale pavilion at Lone Star Park; the breeze show is April 4th at the track in Grand Prairie.

Two-year-olds by Arrogate, Connect, Constitution, Distorted Humor, Ghostzapper, Hard Spun, Kantharos, Malibu Moon, Runhappy, and Sky Mesa represent national and international stallion power. The catalog features prospects from first year stallions Accelerate, Always Dreaming, Army Mule, Cloud Computing, Good Samaritan, McCracken, Mendelssohn, Mo Town, and Tapwrit. And offspring from some of Texas’ leading stallions, including Bradester, Competitive Edge, Eagle, and Too Much Bling, will go through the auction ring.

“We tried to put together a diverse catalog with something for just about everyone,” TTA Sales Director Foster Bridewell said. “Our consignors really had a lot to offer, in terms of stallion strength and pedigree, and we are grateful they saw fit to sell with us. We’re excited about book we’ve put together and think our buyers will be too.”

The catalog is full of notable pedigrees both regionally and nationally. Hip 117 is half to Texas champion Mr Money Bags, by Too Much Bling, from Clary Bloodstock. Hip 19 is a half to Texas Thoroughbred Futurity winner Streak of Silver consigned by Pike Racing. Hip 87 is a half-sister to stakes winner Pinky Ring Bling and Texas champ Gold Pilot from the Benchmark Training Center draft. Hip 98 is a Ghostzapper filly out of a half-sister to GSW stallion Adios Charlie, consigned by Twin Oaks Training Center. Hip 102 is a half-sister to Texas champion Ima Discreet Lady and Hip 114 is a Hard Spun colt out of a mare that’s already produced GSP Crowded Trade. 

“The catalog is strong, family wise,” Bridewell added. “We have horses that are out of stakes winners, by stakes winners, by proven and new stallions, half siblings to stakes winners or stakes placed horses, and half to Texas champions. We couldn’t ask for a better group and can’t thank our consignors enough for bringing them to Texas.”

The interactive catalog is available now at www.ttasales.com. Supplements to the catalog are expected and will be posted at www.ttasales.com.