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
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
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
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
“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.
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.
(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
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
(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.
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.
(Austin, TX) – The Texas Thoroughbred Association has announced its 2022 Texas Summer Yearling Sale will be held on August 29th. The sale, co-presented by Lone Star Park, will be held at the sale pavilion at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
“After the results of our 2021 yearling sale, we have a lot to look forward to with the 2022 Texas Summer Yearling Sale,” TTA Sales Director Foster Bridewell said. “The yearling market in Texas in 2021 was strong, thanks to our consignors, who brought quality physicals and pedigree to our sale, and thanks to the buyers who certainly loved the individuals on the grounds.”
The 2021 sale concluded with an increase in the total number of yearlings cataloged and sold, as well as a positive jump in the average and median sale prices. Texas sales graduates are eligible for the Texas Thoroughbred Association Futurity at Lone Star Park at two and the new Texas Thoroughbred Association Derby and Oaks for three-year-olds at Sam Houston.
“There’s really never been a better time to sell and buy racehorses in the Texas,” Bridewell said. “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. This is all thanks to Texas lawmakers who support racing in this state; it’s truly a great time to bring horses to Texas to sell and for buyers to find quality prospects.”
The Entry Deadline for the 2022 Texas Summer Yearling Sale is June 24, 2022 and consignment forms (CLICK HERE)are now available at www.ttasales.com.