03/02/2018 11:44AM

Four horses sold at Montana auction


The first edition of the Big Sky Select Breeders futurity sale accomplished one of its stated goals of drumming up eligible horses for its futurity races in July, but most will be running for the same connections who put them through the ring on Saturday.

The auction for 2-year-old Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses saw just four of the 26 horses offered change hands in the ring at the Montana Expo Park in Great Falls. Three of them were Thoroughbreds.

However, Jody Jackson of Big Sky Select Breeders said the majority of potential sellers were pleased with the outcome, given the incentive for entering. Horses offered in the sale became eligible for the Big Sky Select Breeders Futurity this summer at the Great Falls Turf Club’s State Fair Race Meet, featuring a division for each breed and estimated purses of $20,000.

Though the Great Falls stakes schedule has not yet been released for 2018, the futurity races would have easily sported the highest purses of last year’s meet. For owners and breeders racing locally, getting a horse eligible for the futurity could be as valuable as selling it.

“For them, as individuals, it was kind of a good thing because they didn’t have to pay a lot of commission to buy their own horses back,” Jackson said. “There were people there looking, but not buying, hoping to pick up a cheap horse, but nobody’s going to sell a futurity colt cheap.”

The Thoroughbred portion of the catalog saw three horses sold for revenue of $5,000 and an average price of $1,667. The buyback rate finished at 79 percent among the 14 Thoroughbreds offered. Joe McCracken bought the sale-topper, a Langfuhr filly named Missluciejane, for $2,400.

The lone Quarter Horse to sell from the 12 offered was a colt by Leos Rocket Blurr who sold to Vance Crooked Arm for $1,200. The Montana-bred colt was consigned by Greg Half.