08/24/2011 3:36PM

Arqana session topped by three $216K yearlings


A trio of 150,000-euro yearlings headlined the Arqana Deauville yearling sale’s third session Wednesday in France.

The three session-toppers sold for the equivalent of $216,000. They were an Acclamation (GB) colt out of the Elusive Quality mare Compulsive Quality that Prime Equestrian bought from Haras d’Etreham; a Zamindar colt out of Jarhes, by Green Desert, that Alain Decrion bought from Haras de la Perelle; and a Marju colt out of Larme that Mark Crossman purchased from Haras de la Louviere.

The session sold 86 yearlings for about $7,666,560, for an average price of about $89,146. The median was approximately $72,000. The buy-back rate was 22 percent.

The auction underwent extensive reformatting this year. Compared with last year’s third session, Wednesday’s gross was up 21 percent from last season’s day three, when 61 yearlings sold. But the average was 14 percent lower and the median 23 percent lower. Buy-backs were down from 2010’s figure of 35 percent.