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Too Much Bling Filly Tops Record-Setting Texas Summer Yearling Sale

A Texas-bred filly by Too Much Bling led the way at the 2022 Texas Summer Yearling Sale, topping the sale when the hammer dropped at $100,000.

Hip 19 (Photo: Olivia Friesen)

Cataloged as hip 19, the grey filly, out of the Action This Day mare Soft Music, is a full sister to 2016 Champion Texas-bred Two-Year-Old Filly Bling on the Music. Mansfield Racing signed the ticket on the filly out of the Highlander Training Center consignment. Hip 60, a Louisiana-bred colt by Take Charge Indy, was the top selling colt at $90,000. The colt, out of the stakes-winning Half Ours mare All Woman, was purchased by Mansfield Racing from the Clear Creek Stud consignment.

“We’re obviously thrilled that a Texas-bred by one of our state’s most influential stallions led the sale,” TTA Director Foster Bridewell said. “She was a beautiful filly and the full sister went through this same sales ring before going on to become a Texas champion. We’re thankful to breeder Danele Durham and Highlander Training Center for allowing us the opportunity to offer her here.”

The 2022 Texas Summer Yearling Sale set records for TTA Sales. One-hundred-sixty-one horses sold for $3.41M in total sales, up from $3.2M last year. The average price was $21,186, up from the $18,246 average price in 2021. The median price was $14,500 this year, up from $10,000 last year.

“We can’t thank our breeders, owners, consignors, and buyers enough for such a great sale,” Bridewell said. “The record results are an indication of the strength of the industry in this region right now and a testament to the hard work a lot of people put in to prepare these yearlings for this year.”

For full results, visit www.TTAsales.com.

PRESALE PARTY IS BACK!

Join us Sunday, August 28th, at 5PM inside Lone Star Park’s Alysheba Room for our Presale Party!

Free food and drinks will be provided, thanks to our sponsors!

It all starts at 5PM on Sunday evening, August 28th, the day before our 2022 Texas Summer Yearling Sale!

We’ll see you there!

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Star-Studded Lineup of Yearling Thoroughbreds Highlight 2022 Texas Thoroughbred Association’s Summer Yearling Sale

Sale to be held August 29 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie

By Gary West, national Turf writer

August 22, 2022 — On August 29, at 10 o’clock in the morning, the best group of yearlings ever offered for sale in Texas will begin parading into the sales ring at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie. Yes, that’s a subjective assessment, but it’s soundly based on observation, history and precedent. When have you seen sons and daughters of such classic winners as Accelerate, Bernardini, Tonalist, Palace Malice and Tapwrit; when have you seen yearlings by such champions as Mitole, Honor Code, Vino Rosso, Good Magic and Midnight Lute; and when have you ever seen the son of a Triple Crown winner all offered at auction in Texas? Never.

The upcoming Summer Yearling Sale represents the next step on the horse industry’s upward trajectory in the state. Ever since 2019, when lawmakers created the Horse Industry Escrow Account, all the metrics have been trending higher. Handle and purses have increased at Texas racetracks. Since 2019, Texas has seen the return of many mares that had exited to Louisiana and Oklahoma, as well as the relocation of several stallions. While the national foal crop — the number of Thoroughbreds foaled in a given year — increased only 0.3 percent in 2020, the Texas foal crop increased 15.8 percent, according to the Jockey Club. And with added incentives has come development, such as the Forks of the Paluxy Farm in Bluff Dale and Danny Pish’s 1880 Training Center in Lipan.

The Summer Yearling Sale is one of the more conspicuous markers yet on this upward trend. Consider hip #143, a Florida-bred son of Justify, the 2018 Triple Crown winner of $3,798,000, out of Iroquois Girl, a stakes-placed daughter of Indian Charlie. This is the sort of youngster you’d expect to see in a sale in Kentucky. But he’ll be available here in Texas on Aug. 29.

More than 200 yearlings have been catalogued, horses bred in Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, and, of course, Texas. Texas’ most popular sires are all represented — Too Much Bling, Competitive Edge, Bradester, Cinco Charlie, Mr Speaker and the late My Golden Song.

Also indicative of the upward trend is the involvement of the Highlander Training Center in Sulphur Springs. For the first time, the state-of-the-industry facility will be represented by a consignment —21 yearlings, some owned by Highlander, but most by clients.

“We saw this as an excellent opportunity,” said Jeff Hooper, the Highlander Chairman and CEO, “to become even more involved in Texas and the region. We see a strong market here for quality yearlings, and at Highlander, with our staff and our facilities, we think we have the perfect combination to present such horses of quality to the market.”

Trainers Jon Newbold and Shannon Ritter supervise sales-prep at Highlander.

“We have high expectations,” Hooper continued. “We tried to customize the group (of yearlings) for the market here, and we’re very excited about the quality we’re bringing to the sale.”

Many of the handsome yearlings will turn your head. And many of the catalogue pages will force you to pause. Hip #2, for example, a Louisiana-bred colt by Half Ours, is a full-brother to stakes winner Jimmy Two Times and a half-brother to Streak of Silver, winner of the 2021 Texas Futurity. Hip #9, a Texas-bred colt by Lord Nelson, is a half-brother to Con Lima, a multiple-stakes winner of $884,865. Hip #19 is a full-sister to Bling on the Music, the winner of the 2016 Texas Futurity who went on to finish third in the Pocahontas Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs. Hip #103, a Texas-bred filly by the millionaire Include, is a full-sister to Proud Emma, winner of the 2020 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) and $361,658. And hip #107, a Texas-bred colt by the millionaire Tapiture, is a half-brother to six winners, including two stakes winners, Cajun Spirit and Half Cajun.

Hip 19; Consigned by Highlander Training Center (Photo: Frank Alosa)

Hip 2; Consigned by Clear Creek Stud (Photo: Sally Blackwell)

This outstanding group of yearlings is indicative of the upward trend in the Texas’ horse industry. But even more, it means this upward trend will soon be quite evident at the state’s racetracks.

The Texas Thoroughbred Association Summer Yearling Sale is open to the public and admission is free on Monday, August 29 at 10 am in the Lone Star Park sales pavilion.  Click here to download the sale catalogue.

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For media information/interviews:

Sales Director Foster Bridewell, 214.728.7618, foster@bridewellauctions.com

Frank Alosa, 603.491.0047, sales@texasthoroughbred.com

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Sixteen Supplemental Entries Added to the 2022 Texas Summer Yearling Sale

(Austin, TX) – Sixteen yearlings have been added to the 2022 Texas Summer Yearling Sale Supplement Catalog ahead of the August 29th sale at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

The additions bring the total offering at the 2022 Texas Summer Yearling Sale to 228 yearlings, featuring national and regional stallion power and pedigrees.

“The interest in our sale has been strong since we released our catalog late last month,” TTA Sales Director Foster Bridewell said. “These additions only help boost our sale and we’re thrilled to offer these additional yearlings later this month.”

The Supplement Catalog features yearlings bred in Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Texas, including a Texas-bred filly by exciting first-crop stallion Vino Rosso whose yearlings sold for as much as $550,000 at the Fasig Tipton Saratoga Sale this week. A full sister to 2021 Texas Two-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Champion Tengo Mis Papeles will also be offered as Hip 223.

The interactive catalog, including the supplements (Hips 213-228), is available now at www.ttasales.com. The full catalog is also available for download on the Equineline IPad App. Supplement Catalogs will also be available on the sales grounds and at the Lone Star Park Sales Pavilion.

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More than 200 Horses Cataloged for the 2022 Texas Summer Yearling Sale

(Austin, TX) – Two-Hundred-Twelve yearlings made the catalog for the 2022 Texas Summer Yearling Sale, presented by the Texas Thoroughbred Association and Lone Star Park. The sale will be held on August 29th at the sales pavilion at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. 

The sale will feature a good mix of regional and national stallion and pedigree influence. The catalog lists yearlings by leading 2022 freshman stallions Justify, Good Magic, Sharp Azteca, and Mendelssohn, as well as youngsters by Violence, Bernardini, Tapiture, Midshipman, Jimmy Creed, Midnight Lute, Paynter, Practical Joke, Goldencents, Kantharos, and Keen Ice, sire of 2022 Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike. First crop stallions Mitole, Vino Rosso, Flameaway, Catalina Cruiser, Coal Front, Enticed, Breaking Lucky, Code West, and Preservationist are represented.

“This book represents the best of the best that this region has to offer,” TTA Sales Director Foster Bridewell said. “Our breeders, owners, and consignors really delivered with quality stallions, families, and physicals. I have been very impressed by this yearling crop, both regionally and nationally, and am looking forward to the sale on August 29th.”

Texas and regional stallion power will also be on display this year, featuring yearlings by Texas’ top sires Too Much Bling, Bradester, My Golden Song, and Competitive Edge, as well as regional leaders like Star Guitar and El Deal.

“Our Texas and regional programs have gotten stronger in recent years, and I think this year’s yearling group is a sign of that,” Bridewell added. “We have a lot of pedigrees that have stakes influence both nationally and locally and that’s a sign of the growth our sale has made in recent years.”

Notable yearlings cataloged:

Hip 2: Louisiana bred Colt by Half Ours who is a half sibling to two stakes winners, including 2021 Texas Thoroughbred Futurity winner Streak of Silver. Consigned by Clear Creek Stud.

Hip 9: Texas bred Colt by Lord Nelson who is a half to Texas Champion and G1SP/MGSW Con Lima. Consigned by Stoneview Farm, Agent.

Hip 19: Texas bred Filly by Too Much Bling who is a full sister to G3SP/SW Bling on the Music. Consigned by Highlander Training Center, Agent.

Hip 81: Texas bred Filly by Khozan who is a half to G3SW Prudhoe Bay. Consigned by Oakridge Farm.

Hip 92: Louisiana bred Colt by Midshipman who is a half brother to G3SP Untitled. Consigned by Red River Farm.

Hip 103: Texas bred Filly by Include who is a full sister to G3SW Proud Emma. Consigned by Highlander Training Center, Agent.

Hip 107: Texas bred Colt by Tapiture who is a half sibling to two stakes winners. Consigned by Asmussen Horse Center, Agent.

Hip 115: Louisiana bred Filly by Jimmy Creed who is a full sister to MSW X Clown. Consigned by 4M Ranch, Agent.

Hip 127: Texas bred Filly by Too Much Bling who is a half sister to MSW No Mas Tequila and MSP Imaluckycharm. Consigned by Benchmark Training Center, Agent.

Hip 143: Florida bred Colt by Justify out of SP Iroquois Girl, from the family of G3SW Salty Strike. Consigned by KP Sales, Agent.

Hip 204: Texas bred Filly by Bradester who is a half sister to 2022 Texas Thoroughbred Association Futurity winner Vietnam Victory. Consigned by KP Sales, Agent.

Hip 206: Texas bred Filly by My Golden Song who is a half sister to six SW/SP runners including Kat’s Infatuation and Shocktime and from the family of G3SW He’s Comin in Hot. Consigned by Benchmark Training Center, Agent.

Hip 212: Texas bred Colt by Vino Rosso out of an unraced full sister to SW/MGSP Kid Kate. Consigned by Stoneview Farm, Agent.

The interactive catalog is available now at www.ttasales.com. The catalog is also available for download on the Equineline IPad App. Supplements to the catalog are expected.

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HISA Questions Regarding Racing, Wagering, and Sales in Texas

To All Owners/Trainers/Breeders/Consignors:

As of July 1st, HISA plans to implement their rules and regulations in this country, about which we’ve received several calls and e-mails related to potential impact to racing and sales in Texas. 

Beginning July 1, Lone Star Park will cease exporting their simulcast signal through the end of the current Thoroughbred meet, so HISA authority will not apply. This is per action this week by the Texas Racing Commission’s Executive Director. On July 1, you CAN STILL wager on Texas horse racing in Texas -AND- you will still be able to wager on horse racing from other parts of the country at a Texas racing facility. 

For our August 2022 Yearling Sale, there is no HISA impact whatsoever on our sale or for our consignors.  Neither sales horses nor persons working or attending the sales need to be registered with HISA.

We’ve also had contact from some of our Two-Year-Old Sales Consignors. We’ve been told by HISA officials that two-year-old sales horses and those working or attending those sales are NOT considered “covered” under HISA rules. Therefore, we’ve been told there is no need to register. 

As of today, this is what we’ve been told relating to sales. The racing at Lone Star Park’s 2022 Thoroughbred meet will continue through the scheduled end of the meet and on track/in-state wagering will continue. 

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Free Drop Billy Filly Tops the Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale

A filly from the first crop of Spendthrift Farm’s stallion Free Drop Billy led the way at the 2022 Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, with the hammer dropping at $200,000.

Hip 134 / Olivia Friesen

The Louisiana-bred filly, consigned by Carl Deville as Hip 134, was purchased by Mansfield Racing. She was a supplement to the sale and she didn’t disappoint, breezing a quick 10.2 over the Lone Star Park dirt Monday afternoon. Out of the Half Ours mare Solo Buena, she’s a half-sister to stakes-placed Swot Analysis, who was second in the Louisiana Futurity at two.

Hip 72, a colt by first crop stallion McCraken, standing at Airdrie Stud, was the second highest priced two-year-old to sell and the highest priced colt with a final bid of $125,000. Mansfield Racing signed the ticket for the dark bay or brown colt. He’s a half-brother to seven winners from seven to race, including stakes-winner Magic Tale. Pike Racing consigned the colt.

Wednesday’s sale outpaced last year’s sale in total sales, average price, and median price. Eighty-eight horses sold for $3,050,700 in total sales. The average price was $34,667 this year; last year, the average price was $32,671. The median jumped to $28,000, compared to $20,000 in 2021.

“We’re obviously thrilled to see such strong trade in our two-year-old market,” TTA Sales Director Foster Bridewell said. “We can’t thank the owners and consignors enough for sending us quality horses to sell and we’re fortunate that so many buyers showed up in a big way. I think it’s a sign of just how strong racing is in Texas, thanks to the increased purses and incentives for owners and breeders.”

Pike Racing, agent, was the leading consignor by total sales at $664,000.

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