08/22/2016 5:02PM

Going Commando colt tops CTHS Manitoba yearling sale


A disconnect between buyer and seller expectations held back the chance for overall gains at the Canadian Thoroughbred Society Manitoba Division yearling sale, but the 50 percent of horses that did change hands brought the sale an increased average price, led by a $13,000 (Canadian) Going Commando colt.

Thirteen horses sold during the August 21 auction, grossing $76,100 in Canadian funds. That marked a 27 percent decrease from the 2015 renewal when 19 horses brought $104,050.

The average sale price increased 7 percent, from $5,476 to $5,854.

The most notable statistic of the Manitoba sale was the 50 percent buyback rate, which rose from 37 percent in 2015. The two horses with the highest final bids of the sale both finished under their reserves, with a $25,000 Midshipman filly and a $19,700 Going Commando filly each being bought back by their owners.

Bob Crockett purchased the sale topper, a Going Commando colt named Why So Blue, for $13,000.

The bay colt is out of the winning Storm Boot mare Jungle Storm, whose five foals to race are all winners, including multiple stakes winner Jungle Story. The sale topper is from the family of stakes winners Primistal, Primal Storm, and High Mist.

Why So Blue was bred in Manitoba by Cam Ziprick and Charles Fouillard, and the colt was consigned as agent by Ziprick Thoroughbreds. Ziprick purchased Jungle Storm with Jungle Story, by Concord Point, in utero for $10,000 at the 2012 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.

This year’s sale marked the seventh consecutive renewal in which Ziprick consigned the sale topper.

To view the auction’s full results, click here.