09/28/2004 11:00PM

Mixed sale sees gains all around

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The Oregon Thoroughbred Breeders Association's annual mixed sale, held in Newberg, Ore., last Saturday, registered strong gains in gross sales, average price, and median price.

A total of 104 horses - 12 horses of racing age, 33 yearlings, 15 weanlings, 37 broodmares, and 7 Quarter Horses - were sold for a total of $224,600. The gross was up 36 percent from last year's sale, while the average price of $2,160 was up 10 percent and the median price of $1,600 represented an increase of almost 7 percent.

The sales-topper was Hip No. 18, a yearling daughter of Snowbound and Shy Winner, by Shy Song. The filly, named Shy Snowbound, sold for $10,000 to agent Dan Leatherberry. She was consigned by Pulse Ranches.

As usual, yearlings led the sale, with an average price of $3,364. The horses of racing age sold for an average of $1,321, the weanlings averaged $1,737, the broodmares averaged $1,531, and the Quarter Horses averaged $2,150.

Ursula Gibbons, executive director of the OTBA, said the sale went smoothly.

"Of course the sellers would have liked to have gotten more for their horses, but I think most people felt the prices were fair," she said. "The sale was well attended and we as a sales company were pleased that the numbers were up."

The sale was held at Jack and Cookie Root's Oakhurst Farm.