12/14/2014 10:07AM

Average price soars at Heritage Place sale

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A day after running third in a maiden special weight race, the 2-year-old filly Sly Okie topped the Thoroughbred winter mixed auction at Heritage Place in Oklahoma City on Saturday. She brought a final bid of $20,000 from Ed Melzer to help lift the sale to a 29 percent increase in average over the corresponding auction in 2013.

Heritage Place reported 88 horses sold for $232,550 on Saturday, for an average of $2,642. There were 16 horses who did not sell. The auction featured breeding and racing prospects.

“I was extremely pleased with the crowd we had,” said Spence Kidney, general manager of Heritage Place. “I also think the demand for quality horses really showed today. I think the consignors that brought quality to the sale were rewarded for that.”

Richter Family Trust consigned Sly Okie, who ran at Remington Park in Oklahoma City on Friday night, then went through the ring early Saturday as Hip No. 14.

Sly Okie is an Oklahoma-bred daughter of the Northern Flagship stallion Slewship. Her dam, Wicca Way, is an unraced half-sister to El Churruca, a multiple stakes winner and earner of $599,426. Wicca Way has produced four winners from five foals to race, her best runner being Whiskey For Me, a stakes winner and earner of $94,399.

The highest-priced broodmare was Flying Drum, who brought $10,000 from Scattered Acres. She is a 7-year-old daughter of Forestry believed to be in foal to Stephen Got Even. Flying Drum is a winner out of Dundrummin, an unraced full sister to Proud Citizen, a Grade 2 winner and earner of $638,822. Ellen Caines, agent, consigned Flying Drum.

Caines, acting as agent for Hidden Springs Ranch, also consigned the co-highest-priced yearling, Wiley Wizard. The son of Toccet brought $13,500 from Al Ulwelling. Ulwelling also spent $13,500 for an unnamed yearling son of Mr. Nightlinger, who was consigned by Mighty Acres, agent. Both colts were bred in Oklahoma.

Wiley Wizard is out of Midsummer Magic, a stakes winner and earner of $188,752 and the dam of the stakes-placed Dancing Diva, who was to run in the $100,000 Trapeze at Remington Park on Sunday. The Mr. Nightlinger colt is from the stakes-placed mare Rapid Bull.

The auction was the third annual winter mixed Thoroughbred sale put on by Heritage Place.  

“Our original intention with the sale was to grow into a regional event, and I think we’re making strides in doing that,” Kidney said, citing participation of buyers from a number of states Saturday.