08/02/2016 7:16AM

2016 calendar of regional yearling sales

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The Louisiana-bred Star Guitar, an earner of more than $1.75 million, has nine yearlings in the Equine Sales Co. of Louisiana consignor-select yearling sale.

Following the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale, here’s a closer look ahead at some of the other major regional or statebred yearling sales held throughout North America.


Louisiana will host the first unified yearling sale between the Equine Sales Co. of Louisiana, which has steadily grown since hosting its first sale in 2012, and the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, which formerly held a separate sale.

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The catalog for the Equine Sales Co. of Louisiana consignor-select yearling sale on Sept. 7 has 224 horses on offer, making it 19 percent larger than last year’s comparable sale.

“The results of the agreement with the LTBA are evident in this catalog,” said Foster Bridewell, sales director for Equine Sales Co. “Not only do we have significantly more yearlings compared to last year, but we have also seen an increase in the quality of consignments. We have nearly 40 different consignors, including some who are making their first appearance at this sale.”

Prominent Kentucky stallions such as classic sire Curlin and young standout Paddy O’Prado are represented in the catalog, along with first-year stallions such as Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow, who has had commercial success with his first crop; Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner New Year’s Day; and Grade 1 winners Data Link, Graydar, Jimmy Creed, Overanalyze, Power Broker, and Take Charge Indy.

Star Guitar, a four-time Louisiana-bred Horse of the Year, was his home state’s leading earner, with more than $1.75 million in his bankroll. Now standing at Clear Creek Stud in Louisiana, he is a freshman sire; nine yearlings from his second crop are in this select catalog.

Equine Sales Co. also will conduct an open yearling and mixed sale Oct. 16.


The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society conducts four yearling or mixed sales in various provinces, highlighted by the Ontario premier yearling sale Sept. 1 at Woodbine. The organization also conducts the Manitoba yearling sale Aug. 21, the British Columbia yearling and mixed sale Sept. 13, and Alberta Thoroughbred sale Sept. 18.

Last year, the headline sale in Ontario consolidated from two sessions to one, moving away from separate select and open sessions of previous sales.

This year’s CTHS Ontario catalog comprises 280 yearlings, with a blend of stallions from various jurisdictions. Old Forester led Canada’s general sire list last year and is again on top through the first half of 2016; he is represented by 15 yearlings in the catalog. Giant Gizmo, a prominent young Canadian stallion with runners such as Prince of Wales Stakes winner Amis Gizmo, has 13 cataloged. But also represented are prominent stallions standing outside of Canada, such as stalwart Tale of the Cat; Stormy Atlantic and Sky Mesa, both of whom are popular in Ontario’s program featuring turf and synthetic racing; and New York’s Mission Impazible, who led the North American freshman sire list through the first half of 2016.

First-crop yearling sires represented include Kentucky Derby winner Orb, champion Shanghai Bobby, Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Fort Larned, and Grade 1 winners Overanalyze, Flat Out, Jimmy Creed, and Data Link.


Barretts, operating out of Del Mar, doesn’t have a monopoly on the California yearling market. The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Northern California yearling and horses-of-racing-age sale will be held Aug. 16 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

A total of 239 horses are cataloged, led by 216 yearlings, including supplemental entries. Overall, the catalog features 24 percent more offerings than the 2015 sale.

California has attracted some solid new sires in recent years, and two Grade 1 winners, Champ Pegasus and Smiling Tiger, are represented by first-crop yearlings in this catalog.


A new era begins in Texas as the Texas Thoroughbred Association conducts its first yearling and mixed sale Aug. 29 at Lone Star Park.

The sale marks the return of a summer yearling auction to the state after a one-year hiatus after Fasig-Tipton moved out of the state’s embattled racing industry. The national sale company had conducted as many as three annual auctions since 1997, in partnership with the TTA and Lone Star.

“We’ve already seen strong interest from around the region since we announced the yearling sale, and the addition of a mixed session should only increase participation from both buyers and consignors,” TTA executive director Mary Ruyle said.

This will be the second sale held by the TTA, which conducted its first juvenile sale in April.

“We already have a strong catalog, with two yearlings by Uncle Mo and a strong representation of stallions from around the Southwest,” said Tim Boyce, who previously directed the sales for Fasig-Tipton and continues to serve for the TTA.


◗ New Mexico’s program has gotten a boost in recent years with popular runners such as the unbeaten Peppers Pride and solid young stallions such as Diabolical entering the state. The annual Ruidoso select New Mexico-bred Thoroughbred yearling sale will be held Aug. 20 at Ruidoso Downs.

◗ The annual Heritage Place Thoroughbred Sale will be conducted Oct. 9 in Oklahoma City.

◗ The Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association holds its own unique spot in the market, conducting its annual mixed sale via online bidding Sept. 19-25.

◗ Other regional sales, in chronological order, include the Colorado Thoroughbred Breeders Association Silver Cup yearling sale Aug. 6; the Minnesota Thoroughbred Association yearling sale Aug. 22; the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association summer yearling and mixed sale Aug. 23; the Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association fall sale Oct. 16; the Indiana Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association fall mixed sale Oct. 30; and the Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders Association fall mixed sale Nov. 16.