09/04/2015 4:18PM

Dialed In colt leads Louisiana sale

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A colt from the first crop of Florida Derby winner Dialed In brought $55,000 to top the Equine Sales Co. of Louisiana consignor select yearling sale Wednesday. The auction was held in Opelousas, La., at facilities near Evangeline Downs.

Equine Sales reported 120 of 177 horses offered sold for a total receipts of $1,051,600. The average was $8,763 and the median, $4,000. The numbers were down from the corresponding sale last year, when 135 yearlings sold for $1.4 million. The average was $10,929. During the auction last year, records were set with the help of a horses-of-racing-age consignment from Coteau Grove Farms.

“We knew going in that it would be tough to match the records set last year without the racing age supplement and with the fact that the local economy is down due to the depressed oil market, but it was still a good sale,” said Foster Bridewell, sales director for Equine Sales.

Bill Johnson purchased the sales-topper, who was bred in Louisiana. The consignor was Select Sales, agent. The unnamed colt is out of the winning No Armistice mare Middleburg Mint and from the female family of Grade 1 winner Malibu Mint.

An unnamed daughter of Into Mischief brought $52,000 as the second-highest seller Wednesday. She is out of the unraced Successful Appeal mare Confresi Tesoro and from the female family of Grade 2 winner Valid Wager. Carl Moore Management purchased the filly, who was also bred in Louisiana. The consignor was 4M Ranch, Agent IV.

A colt by Into Mischief and out of the Unbridled mare Star of Glory brought $75,000, but was a buyback, according to posted results.

Equine Sales will put on its final auction of the year Oct. 25.

“We've been having a very strong response to our upcoming open yearling and mixed sale with more than 200 head consigned,” said Bridewell.