08/10/2016 6:03PM

Crafty Shaw gelding tops Colorado sale at $18,000

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The Colorado Thoroughbred Breeders Association Silver Cup yearling sale saw across-the-board declines on Saturday and a significantly higher buyback rate, with an $18,000 Crafty Shaw gelding finishing as the day’s most expensive horse.

A total of 39 yearlings changed hands for $198,750, down 1 percent from the 2015 edition, where 33 horses sold for $200,900.

The average sale price declined 16 percent from $6,088 to $5,096, while the buyback rate increased to 40 percent after finishing at 28 percent last year.

Kent Bamford secured the auction’s top offering, Crafty Man, an $18,000 gelding by leading Colorado sire Crafty Shaw out of the stakes-winning Bianconi mare Labar. The mare has produced two winners from as many runners, including multiple stakes winner Way Out West, who won this year’s edition of the Silver Cup Futurity at Arapahoe Park for graduates of this sale.

Bred in Colorado and sold as property of Menoken Farms, the gelding is from the family of Grade 2 winner Beboppin Baby and stakes winners Mr. Hatch, Lightning Bopers, Seapops, and Winning Actress.

To view the full sale results, click here.

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