08/22/2017 9:05AM

Pair of $100,000 Too Much Bling yearlings top Texas Thoroughbred Association’s annual summer yearling & mixed sale

Mary Rampellini
Lullaby Bling was one of two Too Much Bling yearlings to sell for six figures at the Texas Thoroughbred Association’s summer yearling and mixed sale Monday.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - A pair of yearlings by Too Much Bling brought $100,000 each to top the Texas Thoroughbred Association’s annual summer yearling and mixed sale on Monday at Lone Star Park.

It was the second year in a row that Too Much Bling, a leading sire in Texas, accounted for the topper at the auction. He had a colt that brought $105,000 in 2016.

“Too Much Bling obviously has dominated the sale again,” said Tim Boyce, sales director for the TTA. “He had the [toppers], and a couple of others that sold very well, so he alone kept the sale looking very respectable. When you have an increase in your average, that makes the marketplace feel good.” 

There were 59 yearlings sold for total receipts of $681,800, for an average of $11,556, according to figures provided by the TTA. There were 31 yearlings that did not sell. The median was $4,500. At the corresponding auction a year ago, 63 yearlings sold for $611,800, for an average of $9,711. There were 29 yearlings that did not sell. The median was $2,500. 

Boyce said he was pleased with the 19 percent increase in average from last year.

Boyce and others in attendance at the sale said the good horses sold well Monday.  

“When you brought some nice quality in there, there was money for it,” said Ken Carson, general manager of Valor Farm, which stands Too Much Bling.

Jackson Durham purchased the first yearling to reach the $100,000 level, Lullaby Bling, who sold as Hip No. 14. The colt is out of the Action This Day mare Soft Music and is a full brother to Bling On the Music, a multiple stakes winner who defeated male rivals in last year's $100,000 Gold Rush Futurity at Arapahoe Park. Lullaby Bling was consigned by Benchmark Training Center, agent. 

“He’s got everything, physically, you could ask for in a horse,” Durham said. “Pedigree - the bloodline’s incredible. He’s a beautiful horse, looks like an athlete, and charisma – he’s got that eye when you look at him. He’s a special horse.”

Durham, 23, graduated from Texas Christian University in his native Ft. Worth with a mechanical engineering degree and now works in gas pipeline engineering across the state. He said his mother, Danele Durham, will train Lullaby Bling. The horse will go back to Benchmark Training Center to be broken, said Danele Durham, with the long-range goal to debut the horse next spring at Keeneland and bring him back to Lone Star Park for the Texas Thoroughbred Futurity.

Susan Moulton bought the second yearling to hit the $100,000 level, a filly who went as Hip No. 62. She is a full sister to Nubaldo Bling, a stakes winner of $140,845, and was consigned by Asmussen Horse Center, agent. Last month, the Moulton-owned Janae won a division of the Texas Thoroughbred Futurity at Lone Star Park. The winning trainer was Brandon Jenkins. 

​The mixed session was topped by Tin Top Cat, a stakes-winning daughter of Supreme Cat believed to be in foal to Stonesider. Jerry Durant purchased the mare for $11,000. She was consigned by Eureka Thoroughbred Farm, agent.

During the mixed portion of the sale, 14 horses sold for $33,000, for an average of $2,357, according to figures from the sale company. There were 22 horses that did not sell, and the median was $1,400. Last year during the corresponding sale, which featured a dispersal of the Will Farish operation Lane's End Texas, 28 horses sold for $167,700, for an average of $5,989. There were two horses that did not sell and the median was $2,700. 

“That whole dispersal aspect is always very strong for a market and I think people were excited for getting some of those Farish mares,” Boyce said. “They had dominated Texas for so many years and people were like, ‘I want a piece of that.’”

Last year, those mares carried the mixed portion of the sale, with two horses selling for $45,000 each, noted Boyce.