10/27/2015 9:16AM

Spanish Steps yearling tops Indiana fall mixed sale


The Indiana Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association fall mixed sale closed on Sunday with declines in gross and average sale price from a smaller catalog.

A total of 35 horses were sold during this year’s renewal for revenues of $96,700, down 33 percent from last year’s sale when 44 horses brought $145,100. The average sale price fell 16 percent from $3,297 to $2,762 while the buyback rate finished at 38 percent, up from 28 percent in 2014.
Leading the sale was Justiceonthebeach, a yearling Spanish Steps filly who sold to Gary Patrick for $18,000.

Bred in Indiana and sold as property of Justice Farm, Justiceonthebeach is out of the winning Sky Classic mare Sister Crimson, who is the dam of six winners from nine foals to race. She is from the family of Grade 3 winner Marianna’s Girl, Marastani, Christine’s Outlaw, and Don’t Tell the Kids, as well as Grade 3-placed stakes winner Crimson Classic.

Sister Crimson also produced last year’s Indiana fall sale topper, Slicktrickjustice, a full sister to Justiceonthebeach who also went to Patrick for $16,500.

Thesunalwaysrises was the sale’s most expensive non-yearling, with the 2-year-old Artemus Sunrise filly going to Blaine Davidson for $7,500.
The filly has won 1 of 6 starts for earnings of $24,416 racing for owner Jack Bruner and trainer Tommy Short. She came into the sale off a 1 3/4-length victory in a maiden optional claimer on Oct. 13 at Indiana Grand.

Davidson bred the filly in Indiana and sold her as a yearling for $4,500 at last year’s Indiana fall sale. Thesunalwaysrises is out of the multiple stakes-winning Cape Storm mare Lighting Bopers, whose seven winners from eight runners includes Indiana stakes winner Seapops. She is from the family of Grade 2 winner Beboppin Baby.

Thesunalwaysrises sold as property of Four Oaks Farm.