04/29/2014 2:15PM

Half Ours filly tops inaugural Louisiana juvenile sale

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Winning Answer, a Louisiana-bred daughter of Half Ours, brought $69,000 to top the inaugural 2-year-olds in training sale put on by the Equine Sales Company in Opelousas, La., on Monday. She had worked the co-fastest eighth of a mile during the auction’s breeze show Saturday.

The Equine Sales Co., reported 36 of the 59 juveniles that went through the ring sold, for total receipts of $604,900. The average was $16,803 and the median was $11,500. The sale also included a session for horses of racing age, and 14 of the 15 through the ring sold for a total of $63,800, with an average of $4,557.

“The results show there is a demand from buyers,” said Foster Bridewell, sales director for the Equine Sales Co. “We do look forward to growing the sale for years to come. It’s something we’re very much committed to. We had nothing but positive feedback from consignors and buyers.”

Ralph Wadleigh of Youngsville, La., purchased the 2-year-old sales-topper in the name of his Energy Solutions Consultants. Winning Answer, Hip No. 26, was consigned by Twin Oaks Training Center, agent. The filly, who worked in 10.60 seconds, is out of the stakes-winning Peteski mare Answer to Me, who has produced four winners from six foals to race, including stakes winner and $100,000 earner Sports Town.

The second-highest priced 2-year-old was Missy’sprettyboy, a Louisiana-bred colt by Lydgate who brought $67,000 from Joe Duhon, agent for Jim Donnan. The colt is out of the winning Double Honor mare Double Stuff, who is a full sister to stakes winner and Grade 1-placed runner Lovely Isle. The colt, who was consigned by agent C.J. Woodley as Hip. No. 38, galloped during the under tack show. 

Big Top Dollar, a filly by Big Top Cat who worked the same furlong time as the sale-topper, brought $47,000 from Safari Bloodstock. She is a full sister to stakes winner Lexi’s Love and is from the family of Melbourne Cup winner and young Kentucky sire Americain. Predefined, a Doneraile Court filly who also shared the fastest eighth of a mile time, brought $9,500 from Morris Hewitt. Both horses were consigned by agent 5B Farms.

Bridewell said he believes the late April date for the sale worked well.

“I think the timing is good,” he said. “We can’t go much later. For our market, I think it’s a pretty good fit.”

The next auction scheduled for Equine Sales Co. is its ‘Consignor Select’ yearling sale on Sept. 3. It will be the fourth yearling auction put on by the young company. During its inaugural sale in 2012, a yearling by Into Mischief sold for $8,000. Later named Vicar’s in Trouble, the colt is set to run Saturday in the Kentucky Derby.

For hip-by-hip results, click here.