08/30/2010 9:50PM

Fasig-Tipton Texas sees gains as son of Wildcat Shoes tops sale

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A colt by the late stallion Wildcat Shoes topped the Fasig-Tipton Texas summer yearling sale at Lone Star Park on Monday when he fetched $111,000 from the Coteau Grove Farm of Keith and Ginger Myers. The Louisiana-bred is a half-brother to 2-year-old stakes winner Toro Bravo.

Fasig-Tipton reported 214 yearlings sold for $2,379,400, for an average of $11,119, an 8.8 percent increase over 2009. There were 107 horses that did not sell. Last year, 185 yearlings sold for $1,889,400, or an average $10,213. There were 134 horses that did not sell in 2009. The percentage of buybacks declined from 42 percent in 2009 to 33 percent this year.

 

Fasig-Tipton officials said they were encouraged by both the uptick in the average and the drop in buy-backs.

“Basically, it’s all pretty good news given what the marketplace is and the economy,” said Tim Boyce, director of sales for Fasig-Tipton Texas. “You just look at this and feel the healthiness that you hope is here in the Southwest, because collectively, the Southwest is racing for more money than they were last year. They’re one of the few regions of the country that that’s happening. And I think this sale is reflective of the Southwest.”

A number of states in the region have seen their purses increase over the last several years due to the installation of ontrack casinos.

Glenn Delahoussaye, who trains Toro Bravo for the Myerses, purchased the sale topper, who is named Evon’s Wildcat, on behalf of the Sunset, La.-based couple.

“I came in Saturday and I looked at all 169 Louisiana-breds in the sale,” he said. “It took me two days. I had a short list of 10 horses.

“He’s a beautiful colt. To me, he’s an all around equine athlete. I can’t look at him and say speed. I can’t look at him and say route. I just look at him and he’s a beautiful equine specimen.”

Delahoussaye said Evon’s Wildcat will head to the Evangeline Downs Training Center in Lafayette, La.

“We break our yearlings early,” he said. “We start breaking in September after the meet closes at Evangeline, and then turn them out in December.”

Evon’s Wildcat was consigned by Newport Innage Farm, agent for Oak Tree Stables.

Wildcat Shoes was a stakes winner of $352,512 who died in the spring of 2009. Evon’s Wildcat’s dam, Little Evon, is an unraced daughter of Gold Case.