08/29/2004 11:00PM

Louisiana-bred leads Texas sale

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Fasig-Tipton's Texas yearling sale got under way Monday morning with a $130,000 Tejano Run colt the early session leader in Grand Prairie, Texas.

The auction house cataloged 407 lots to the sale this year, up dramatically from last year, when about 100 fewer horses were in the catalog. The rise in numbers this season was partly attributable to more than 50 Louisiana-bred yearlings.

As of 5 p.m., the session leader was one of those Louisiana-breds: Hip No. 99, a son of Tejano Run and the stakes-placed Zuppardo's Prince mare To Geaux. Jimmy Davis, agent, signed for the colt. Offered by the Gabriel Thoroughbreds agency, the colt is a half-brother to 2004 stakes winner Crawfish King.

The opening session's leading filly by that time was Hip No. 91, a $67,000 daughter of Gen Storminnorman. In Front LLC purchased the filly from JEH Stallion Station, which acted as agent for James E. and Marilyn Helzer. The filly is out of the Horatius mare Sweet Young Thing.

The auction was to continue through Tuesday.