Texas Thoroughbred Association Sets 2018 Sale Dates

The Texas Thoroughbred Association, in partnership with Lone Star Park, has announced its sales dates for 2018.

The Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale will be held April 10 with the under tack show set for April 8. Horses will breeze over the Lone Star Park track, and the sale will be held at the Texas Thoroughbred Sales Pavilion on the backside.

The entry deadline for the 2-year-old sale is January 15, and all sale graduates will be eligible for nomination to the 2018 Texas Thoroughbred Sales Futurity to be run at Lone Star with two divisions and an estimated purse of $100,000 apiece.

The Texas Summer Yearling Sale has been scheduled for August 27, also at Lone Star.

This will mark the third year for the Texas sales under the operation of TTA and Lone Star Park after taking over for Fasig-Tipton. This year’s 2-year-olds in training sale posted an average of $26,770 and gross sales of $1.874 million, compared to an $18,515 average and $981,300 in gross sales a year earlier.

“We have seen tremendous growth in the 2-year-old sale this year, as I think buyers and consignors from around the Southwest region responded to the stability we have brought to the auction market here,” said Tim Boyce, sales director. “I know quite a few buyers who found some nice pinhooking prospects at our yearling sale, so we expect to see some of those horses again.”

Texas 2-Year-Old Sale Posts Huge Increases in Second Year of Operation

Hip 49 (Photo by Denis Blake)

The Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale held Tuesday on the grounds of Lone Star Park posted numbers that dwarfed those of the first juvenile auction held last year by the Texas Thoroughbred Association, which took over as the sale’s operator from Fasig-Tipton. With 70 of 93 head sold, this year’s auction recorded gross receipts of $1,873,900, a jump of 91% from last year when 53 of 66 sold for $981,300. The average soared to $26,770, up 44.6% from last year’s $18,515 while the median jumped 33.3% to $16,000 from $12,000. Buybacks this year were 24.7% compared to 19.7% last year.

“There were a lot of questions about the viability of the Texas sale when Fasig-Tipton decided to leave,” said Texas Thoroughbred Association Executive Director Mary Ruyle, “but the results of this auction clearly show that the market is very strong here. We are extremely gratified with the results and are looking forward to our summer yearling sale on August 21.”

Last year’s sale topper was a Texas-bred daughter of Too Much Bling eventually named Bling on the Music who sold for $95,000 and has since won two stakes, placed in a Grade 2 and banked $153,082. This year, three horses topped the $100,000 mark and a total of eight brought $70,000 or more, compared to just the one last year.

The sale-topper was hip 49, a Kentucky-bred colt by Tale of the Cat consigned by Benchmark Training Center, agent, who brought a bid of $120,000 from Carrol Castille. Named Dicken’s Tale, the February 1 foal worked an eighth-mile in :10.2 in the under tack show, which was delayed from Sunday to Monday due to weather.

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Redding Colliery Colt Posts Fastest Time in Rescheduled Texas Juvenile Under Tack Show

Hip 31 (Photo by Denis Blake/Texas Thoroughbred Association)

Under sunny skies at Lone Star Park, the rescheduled under tack show for the Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale was held Monday morning with a Louisiana-bred colt by Redding Colliery, hip 31, posting the fastest eighth-mile time of :10.1. The under tack show was originally scheduled for Sunday but had to be pushed back due to heavy rain and thunderstorms in the area.

“We really appreciate all the consignors and buyers being flexible to make the revised schedule work,” said Sales Director Tim Boyce. “It’s never an ideal situation to push back the under tack show, but today’s weather was perfect and we had some very nice workouts.”

Consigned by Richardson Bloodstock, agent, the fastest 2-year-old in the breeze show is from the second crop of the Mineshaft stallion Redding Colliery, last year’s leading freshman sire in Louisiana. The gray or roan is out of the winning Johannesburg mare Bond’s Babe, whose family includes graded stakes winners Soviet Sojourn and Indian Charlie.
A total of eight horses tied for the second-fastest time of :10.2.

The sale has been pushed back to 2 p.m. Central tomorrow from the originally scheduled time of 12 noon. The sale will be broadcast live at www.ttasales.com.

For a complete list of under tack times, click here. Videos of the under tack show will be posted this evening.

Under Tack Show for Texas 2-Year-Old Sale Postponed Until Monday

The under tack show for the Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale, originally scheduled for today at 11 a.m. at Lone Star Park, has been postponed due to weather and now will be held Monday starting at 9 a.m. The sale will still be held on Tuesday as scheduled but the start time has been pushed back to 2 p.m. instead of noon.

“For the safety of the horses and riders, and because of heavy rain, lightning and the deteriorating forecast for later today, we really had no other option than to postpone the under tack show,” said Sales Director Tim Boyce. “We appreciate the patience of all the buyers and sellers, and we look forward to much better weather on Monday and Tuesday.”

Videos of the under tack show will be posted late Monday, and a live video feed of the sale will be available at www.ttasales.com.

Under Tack Show and Online Video Information

The under tack show for the Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale is set for Sunday, April 2 at 11 am at Lone Star Park. It is free to attend and open to the public. Videos of each horse will be posted by Monday morning.

The sale is set for Tuesday, April 4, at 12 noon at the Texas Thoroughbred Sales Pavilion on the grounds of Lone Star Park. It is also free to attend and open to the public. Live video of the sale will be available. To view the online catalog, click here.

TTA Office Hours to Change For Sale

Texas Thoroughbred Association office staff will be traveling to the Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale on Saturday, April 1 and will be back in the Austin office on Thursday, April 6.

The Sale Office phone number is 972.237.4886 and fax number is 972.237.5257. Sales Director Tim Boyce may be reached at 972.523.0332 and Mary Ruyle may be reached at 512.695.4542.

DO NOT FAX ANY SALE-RELATED DOCUMENTS TO THE TTA OFFICE (512.453.5919) AFTER 2PM ON FRIDAY, March 31st – – SEND YOUR FAX TO 972.237.5257.

Six Supplements Added to Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale

The Texas Thoroughbred Association has announced a supplement of six horses to the Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale to be held April 4 at the Texas Thoroughbred Sales Pavilion at Lone Star Park. The under tack show is set for April 2, also at Lone Star.

The supplement includes five Louisiana-breds and a Texas-bred with sires Uncle Mo, Custom for Carlos, Half Ours, Astrology, Langfuhr and Tale of Ekati represented.

“We had a very strong catalog before this supplement, and the addition of these horses, particularly the filly by Uncle Mo, only adds to the sire power,” said Tim Boyce, sales director. “We’ve already seen considerable interest from buyers around the region and around the country, so we are anticipating another good sale here.”

View the online catalog by clicking here.