A Gold Tribute colt topped the Equine Sales Company 2-Year-Olds in Training and Race Age Horse Sale on Monday in Opelousas, La., as the auction posted an increase in gross sales compared to last year. A total of 54 of 75 horses sold for $720,700, an increase of nearly 8 percent from the inaugural 2-year-old and race age auction in 2014 that recorded total sales of $668,500 from 50 of 73 head sold. The buyback rate decreased this year to 28 percent from 31.5 percent last year, and the overall average was nearly the same at $13,346 compared to $13,370 last year.
The high seller was hip #8, a bay colt by Gold Tribute named Cale's Gold. Consigned by Boutte Sales, agent, and purchased for $65,000 by Jerome Namy, the Louisiana-bred worked an eighth-mile in :10 2/5 in Sunday's breeze show, which was pushed back from Saturday due to weather.
The second-highest price and high-selling filly was hip #55, a Louisiana-bred daughter of Ready's Image who put up the fastest time during the breeze show with a :10 flat clocking. She sold for $57,000 to JRita Young Thoroughbreds LLC from Pike Racing, agent.
“We appreciate the patience of all the consignors and buyers after Mother Nature forced the breeze show to be held on Sunday,” said Sales Director Foster Bridewell. “We are pleased to show an increase in gross receipts for the second edition of this sale, and we look forward to our yearling sale later this year.”
The Equine Sales Company Consignor Select Yearling Sale is set for Sept. 2 with an Open Yearling and Mixed Sale to be held later in the fall.
For complete results of the auction, go to www.equinesalesofla.com.
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