Corona Cartel Colt Tops First Day of Los Al Sale

The two-day sale ends on Sunday.

Edited press release

Mr American, a yearling colt by Corona Cartel, sold for $82,000 to top the first day of the Los Alamitos Equine Sale. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Roberto Parra and Ricardo Ramirez bought the high seller of the opening session of this weekend's Los Alamitos Equine Sale, as the duo paid $82,000 for Mr American (Hip No. 94), a colt by Corona Cartel consigned by Lazy E Ranch, agent, on Saturday.

The second and final session of the Los Alamitos Equine Sale, featuring Hips 162-322, will begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Mr American is a half brother to 2010 champion 2-year-old colt American Runaway and stakes winner Feature Dreamgirl. The colt's family includes champions Dashing Phoebe, Heartswideopen and Special Phoebe.

Overall figures for the opening session were nearly identical to the numbers from day one of the 2015 sale. The sale average per horse was $16,178, up from the 2015 average per horse of $16,161. The average broodmare price was up by 29 percent to $16,775 this year from $12,992 in 2015. The average yearling price decreased 1.7 percent to $16,305 from $16,585 last year.

Also, there were a total of 17 horses that sold for $30,000 or more on day one of the sale, up from last year’s number of 14 that went for $30,000 and up. A total of 109 horses sold on Saturday for a total of $1,763,400.    

Ron and Denise VanAmburgh purchased the second highest seller on Saturday when they purchased the broodmare What Fire (Hip No. 123) for $71,000. A mare by Walk Thru Fire and out of the champion and All American Futurity winner AB What A Runner, What Fire is the mother of Fire At Will, the winner of this year’s Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1). 

Fawna Knight purchased Another Book (Hip No. 156) for $67,000. Another Book is a yearling colt by Walk Thru Fire out of All American Derby (G1) finalist Callan Rock. Knight purchased Another Book’s full brother, Worth Doing (an earner of $255,450), at last year's Los Alamitos Equine Sale. Worth Doing has already finished second in the Grade 1 Ed Burke Million Futurity and Governor’s Cup Futurity.

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