08/06/2015 3:41PM

Louisiana auction will feature more than 200 yearlings


The Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana has catalogued 220 yearlings for its Sept. 29 auction at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe, La. The sale is put on by the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association. The auction will begin at 11 a.m. Central.

An array of stallions is represented by offspring in this year’s sale, according to Roger Heitzmann, secretary-treasurer of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association. They include Archarcharch, Broken Vow, Eskendereya, Into Mischief, The Factor, Tale of the Cat, and Warrior’s Reward. There also is strong sire power from this region, said Heitzmann.

“Top Louisiana stallions, including Custom For Carlos, Forefathers, Half Ours, Songandaprayer, and Yankee Gentleman, along with regional sire leaders Too Much Bling and Grasshopper, will give buyers ample opportunities to find a horse for any program,” said Heitzmann.

Tim Boyce is the new sales director for Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana. He comes to the organization from Fasig-Tipton, where he worked as sales director for the auction house’s operation in Texas. Boyce started with Fasig-Tipton Texas in 1997 and was there through March, when the company decided to close its offices. Boyce is looking forward to next month’s auction in Louisiana.

“This sale has ascended from the leading Louisiana yearling sale to the strongest southwest regional sale,” he said in a release. “With six states represented, I feel buyers from all over will be attending as the pedigrees are strong. I’ve already received calls for catalogs, which indicates the heightened interest in the sale. When buyers get their books, they will be even more pleased.”

Catalogs are available online at www.louisianabred.com or by calling 800-772-1195.

As part of the sale, all Louisiana-breds that pass through the ring are eligible for either the A.L. “Red” Erwin Memorial Stakes or the Elge Rasberry Memorial Stakes. Both races are for 3-year-olds and traditionally are held in the fall at Louisiana Downs.