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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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Straight Fire Colt Blazes The Bullet in Texas

(Grand Prairie, Texas) A colt by Straight Fire was worth the wait at the 2022 Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale breeze show Monday.

Hip 144 — Olivia Friesen Photo

Cataloged in the supplement as Hip 144, the colt was the last horse on the track Monday afternoon, delivering the fastest 1/8th of a mile breeze, stopping the clock in 10.1 on the Lone Star Park oval. Consigned by Pike Racing as agent, the LNJ Foxwood-bred colt is out of the Excellent Art mare Luckfromabove (IRE); her first foal to race, a full sister to this colt, is a winner.

Six horses collected a 10.2 clocking over the dirt at Lone Star Park, all tying for the second fastest 1/8th of the day:

Hip 56: Filly by Conquest Mo Money out of the Northern Afleet mare Afleet Tee, consigned by Benchmark Training Center, Agent for Judge Lanier Racing

Hip 68: Colt by Midshipman out of the Harlan’s Holiday mare Capital Deployment, consigned by Pike Racing, Agent.

Hip 69: Filly by Accelerate out of G2SW Ciao Bella Luna, consigned by Pike Racing, Agent

Hip 72: Colt by McCraken out of SP Conjuress, consigned by Pike Racing, Agent

Hip 89: Colt by Palace Malice out of the Zensational mare Gagaoveryou, consigned by Oak Creek Thoroughbreds, Agent for Aidan Green

Hip 134: Filly by Free Drop Billy out of the Half Ours mare Solo Buena, consigned by Carl Deville, Agent

“I think the quality horses the consignors sent to us for this sale really put on a show today,” TTA Sales Director Foster Bridewell said. “The last horse to breeze drops the bullet, we had six go 10.2, and 17 stopped the timer in 10.3; that’s a testament to the horses and the training leading up. We owe a debt of gratitude to the folks that trust us to sell for them and we’re thankful for the consignors who have brought these athletes to this sale.”

The breeze results and videos are available online at TTAsales.com. The 2022 Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale is Wednesday, April 6th, beginning at 12pm CT.

Two More Horses Supplemented to Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale

The 2022 Texas Two Year Olds in Training Sale has added two more Supplements to the catalog.

The full list and pages of cataloged horses, including the supplements (Hips 133-144), is available now at ttasales.com.

Latest two supplements:

•Hip 143: Kentucky-bred Kantharos Filly out of the GSW mare Two Trail Sioux

•Hip 144: California-bred Straight Fire Colt from a deep family and whose full-sister was a winner at 2 in 2021

The 2022 Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale will be held on April 6th at Lone Star Park’s sale pavilion. The breeze show is scheduled for April 4th at the track in Grand Prairie.

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Ten Supplements Added to the 2022 Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale Catalog

(Austin, TX) – Ten two-year-olds have been supplemented to the catalog for the 2022 Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. You can find the added horses in the interactive catalog at TTAsales.com or on the Equineline Sales Catalog iPad App now.

“These additions help bolster an already strong catalog for our sale,” TTA Sales Director Foster Bridewell said. “Each add to our quality pedigrees, and we thank Carl Deville, Al Pike, Lane Richardson and the owners for trusting us to sell these individuals.”

Supplements:

Hip 133: Louisiana-bred Filly by Star Guitar from the family of SP Estilo Femenino and G1SW Well Armed

Hip 134: Louisiana-bred Filly by Free Drop Billy half-sister to SP Swot Analysis

Hip 135: Arkansas-bred Filly by Klimt from the family of G1 Harlan and G2Ws Pomeroy’s Pistol and Thousand Words

Hip 136: Arkansas-bred Colt by Eagle out of SP Red Dress from the family of SWs Infectious and Makeshift

Hip 137: Arkansas-bred Gelding by Moro Tap out of a half sister to SW He Has Bling

Hip 138: Arkansas-bred Filly by Eagle out of SP Paddle out, from the family of SWs Strole, Upstream, and Boca Boy

Hip 139: Arkansas-bred Filly by Eagle, a half-sister to SP Island Sun

Hip 140: Louisiana-bred Colt by Guilt Trip, a half-brother to MSW Free Like A Girl and SP Free Indeed

Hip 141: Ghostzapper colt from the family of MSW Stormy Frolic, G2SW Super Frolic, and MSW Frolic’s Revenge

Hip 142: Oklahoma bred Midnight Storm filly from the family of G2W Twilight Time, SW Uninhibited Song and SW Thundering Sky.

The 2022 Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale is set for April 6th at Lone Star Park’s Sales Pavilion in Grand Prairie. The breeze show is April 4th.

The interactive catalog is available now at www.ttasales.com. Supplement Catalogs will be available at Lone Star Park and at the Lone Star Park Sales Pavilion. Additional Supplements Likely.

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Stallion Power In the 2022 Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale Catalog

One-hundred-thirty-two two-year-olds are cataloged with sire power, both nationally and regionally, in the 2022 Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, presented by the Texas Thoroughbred Association and Lone Star Park. The sale is set for April 6th at the sale pavilion at Lone Star Park; the breeze show is April 4th at the track in Grand Prairie.

Two-year-olds by Arrogate, Connect, Constitution, Distorted Humor, Ghostzapper, Hard Spun, Kantharos, Malibu Moon, Runhappy, and Sky Mesa represent national and international stallion power. The catalog features prospects from first year stallions Accelerate, Always Dreaming, Army Mule, Cloud Computing, Good Samaritan, McCracken, Mendelssohn, Mo Town, and Tapwrit. And offspring from some of Texas’ leading stallions, including Bradester, Competitive Edge, Eagle, and Too Much Bling, will go through the auction ring.

“We tried to put together a diverse catalog with something for just about everyone,” TTA Sales Director Foster Bridewell said. “Our consignors really had a lot to offer, in terms of stallion strength and pedigree, and we are grateful they saw fit to sell with us. We’re excited about book we’ve put together and think our buyers will be too.”

The catalog is full of notable pedigrees both regionally and nationally. Hip 117 is half to Texas champion Mr Money Bags, by Too Much Bling, from Clary Bloodstock. Hip 19 is a half to Texas Thoroughbred Futurity winner Streak of Silver consigned by Pike Racing. Hip 87 is a half-sister to stakes winner Pinky Ring Bling and Texas champ Gold Pilot from the Benchmark Training Center draft. Hip 98 is a Ghostzapper filly out of a half-sister to GSW stallion Adios Charlie, consigned by Twin Oaks Training Center. Hip 102 is a half-sister to Texas champion Ima Discreet Lady and Hip 114 is a Hard Spun colt out of a mare that’s already produced GSP Crowded Trade.

“The catalog is strong, family wise,” Bridewell added. “We have horses that are out of stakes winners, by stakes winners, by proven and new stallions, half siblings to stakes winners or stakes placed horses, and half to Texas champions. We couldn’t ask for a better group and can’t thank our consignors enough for bringing them to Texas.”

The interactive catalog is available now at http://www.ttasales.com/2-year-old-sale/2022-2-year-old-sale/. Supplements to the catalog are expected and will be posted at www.ttasales.com.

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Consignment Forms Due on January 17, 2022

Planning to enter your soon-to-be two-year-old in training into the 2022 Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale?

There’s still time! The deadline to get the consignment forms in is January 17, 2022.

Download our consignment contract here

Fill that form out and mail it back to the TTA Offices!

UPDATE: The number on the front of the consignment form is incorrect! For questions about the upcoming 2022 Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, please call Foster Bridewell at (214) 718-7618!

Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale Set for April 6, 2022

The Texas Thoroughbred Association and Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie have announced that the 2022 Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale will be held on Wednesday, April 6, at the Dallas-area racetrack. The breeze show will be held Monday, April 4.

The 2022 Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale comes on the heels of the strong 2021 Texas Summer Yearling Sale. That sale saw an increase in the number of horses cataloged and sold, as well as a positive jump in the average and median sale prices.

“Based on what we saw with the Texas Summer Yearling Sale, I think there’s a lot of anticipation for the upcoming Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale in April,” TTA Sales Director Foster Bridewell said. “I think we’re uniquely positioned in the 2-year-old sales landscape to provide a quality sale for our owners, trainers, and breeders and still attract out of region buyers and sellers.”

The sale will be held about three weeks before Lone Star Park kicks off its 2022 Thoroughbred meet with 48 days of racing starting on April 28th. As usual, the Texas Thoroughbred Association Futurity, for TTA Sales graduates and Accredited Texas-breds made eligible through consignor or buyer berths, will be held on closing weekend at Lone Star with two divisions, each at $150,000 guaranteed.

Graduates of the Texas Yearling or 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale will also be eligible for the new Texas Thoroughbred Association Derby and Oaks for 3-year-olds. Both will be held at Sam Houston Race Park in 2023.

“The expanded stakes program for Texas Thoroughbred Association sales graduates certainly gives buyers something extra to think about when they’re bidding on horses,” Bridewell said. “Our graduates have had success in the Texas Thoroughbred Association Futurity, and that’s carried over in other stakes races around the country, including the first, second, and third place finishers in this year’s Clever Trevor Stakes at Remington Park.”

“Also, thanks to the passage of HB 2460 in 2019, the Texas horse industry benefits from the infusion of $25 million per year, increasing purses and Accredited Texas-bred incentive awards,” Bridewell added. “It really does pay to breed, sell and race in Texas.”

The Entry Deadline for the Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale is January 17, 2022, and consignment forms are now available at www.ttasales.com

Click Here for Consignment Contract

TTA Announces Expanded $500,000 Stakes Program for Texas Sale Graduates

The Texas Thoroughbred Association is pleased to introduce a revamped Texas Thoroughbred Association Futurity and the new Texas Thoroughbred Association Derby and Oaks, with purses totaling more than $500,000.

The races are restricted to horses that go through the ring at the upcoming Texas Summer Yearling Sale on August 30 or the Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale this coming spring. Horses need not be Texas-breds to be eligible, and the new format eliminates the previous payment schedule.

“In the last two years, Texas Thoroughbred racing has shown a resurgence due to the increased purse money at Lone Star Park and Sam Houston Race Park,” said Mary Ruyle, executive director of the TTA. “To continue to build on that progress, the TTA has revamped the Futurity and created a Derby and Oaks with significantly increased purses for all those races. We look forward to our yearling sale on August 30. Our goal is to create greater value for breeders, consignors and buyers.”

The revamped Texas Thoroughbred Association Futurity will feature divisions for 2-year-old fillies and colts/geldings with $150,000 guaranteed for each division. Both divisions will be run at 5 ½ furlongs on closing weekend of the 2022 Lone Star Park Thoroughbred meet. The races previously offered purses of approximately $100,000 apiece.

The new Texas Thoroughbred Association Derby and Oaks will be held at Sam Houston Race Park in 2023. The Derby and Oaks will be run on the dirt at a distance of one mile or more. Both races will carry purses of $100,000-added.

More information will be posted soon at texasthoroughbred.com and ttasales.com.

CLARIFICATION: ATB BERTH ENTRIES WILL STILL BE ALLOWED. The consignor and buyer of any yearling that goes through the ring on August 30th will receive a berth to be filled with an Accredited Texas-Bred foal of 2020. Berths must be declared to TTA by December 31, 2021 with a one-time payment of $500. There are no other sustaining payments. There will be an entry and start fee payable to Lone Star Park at the appropriate time.

Texas 2-Year-Old Sale Posts Record-Breaking Numbers

Wednesday’s Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale at Lone Star Park recorded the highest gross, average and median since the Texas Thoroughbred Association and Lone Star took over operation of the auction in 2016.

Hip 85

A total of 89 horses sold from 104 offered for total sales of $2,907,700, a 66% increase from the 2019 auction total of $1,751,400 (the 2020 sale was cancelled due to COVID-19). The average price this year was $32,671, a jump of 39.9% from the 2019 average of $23,352, and the median increased by 37.9% to $20,000 from $14,500. The buyback rate was 14.4%, compared to 31.8% in 2019.

“This was one of the best sales we’ve ever had at Lone Star Park, including the prior years with Fasig-Tipton,” said Tim Boyce, sales director. “We had a big crowd in the sales pavilion and lots of action with online bidding, so that speaks well about the demand for Texas-breds, Louisiana-breds, Oklahoma-breds and racehorses in general in this region. The increased purses and incentives in Texas have made the Southwest an even more desirable place to race than it already was.”

Hip 85, named The Reese Beast, brought a sale-topping bid of $240,000 from Austin Gustafson, agent. Consigned by Asmussen Horse Center, agent, the Virginia-bred Tiznow filly is out of the winning and stakes-producing Jump Start mare Delta Weekend. She galloped at the under tack show held Monday at Lone Star.

Two horses sold for $150,000 as the second-highest price of the sale, and both were Louisiana-breds consigned by Pike Racing, agent. Hip 36, a Louisiana-bred colt by Overanalyze, went to Highlander Training Center after working an eighth-mile in :10 2/5. The colt is a half brother to multiple Louisiana stakes winner Mirabeau. The fastest horse from the under tack show, hip 57 with a clocking of :10 flat, also brought $150,000 and sold to Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch. Named Wupkar, the filly is out of the Songandaprayer mare Anne Margaret, who has produced two stakes-placed runners.

Benchmark Training Center, agent, as the leading consignor by total sales at $622,700. Pike Racing was the leading consignor by average, with four sales for an average of $105,750.

CLICK HERE to download complete results as a PDF, or CLICK HERE to view the interactive, sortable results.

Louisiana-bred Filly Posts Fastest Time in Advance of Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale

A Louisiana-bred filly by Bind worked an eighth-mile in :10 flat as the fastest time in Monday’s under tack show for the Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale at Lone Star Park. The breeze show was held under sunny skies with a steady headwind throughout the day. The sale is set for Wednesday at 12 noon. CLICK HERE for a list of breeze show times.

To view videos from the under tack show, CLICK HERE and select the individual hip you want to view from the interactive catalog. Or CLICK HERE to watch the entire breeze show in hip number order.

Hip 57

Consigned by Pike Racing, agent, Hip 57 was the sixth horse to breeze in the under tack show. The February 27 foal, named Wupkar, is out of the Songandaprayer mare Anne Margaret, who has produced four winners. Two of those winners are stakes-placed, including $346,012 earner Adrianne G.

A single horse worked a quarter-mile, with Hip 113, an Ohio-bred colt by Midshipman, clocking the distance in :24 4/5.

“We had a nice crowd on hand today with more people in attendance than I remember over the past several years,” said Tim Boyce, sales director. “We had some very strong works on the track, despite a pretty solid headwind.”

Videos of the under tack show will be posted later this evening.