Los Alamitos Equine Sale: FInal Recap

Broodmares Annas Babe, Dont Pass Bar are the two-day sale toppers.

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The broodmare Annas Babe sold for $145,000 to top the two-day Los Alamitos Equine Sale, which ended Sunday. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

The two-day Los Alamitos Equine Sale wrapped up on Sunday and recorded increases in gross sales, yearling-average sale prices, and broodmare average sale prices.

Headlined by the six-figure sales of the broodmares Annas Babe and Dont Pass Bar, the sale finished with an 11.5-percent increase in gross sales when compared to the 2016 sale. A total of 230 horses sold for a total of $4,739,000, up from the 221 horses sold for $4,251,300 last year.

The sale average was $20,604, up 7.1 percent from the $19,237 average in 2016. A total of 205 yearlings sold for an average of $19,831, an increase of 5 percent from the $18,900 sale average during last year’s sale.

Take A Look was the sale topper during last year’s sale, while the big-ticket mares sold this year were Annas Babe for the sale-topping price of $145,000 and Dont Pass Bar for $102,000. A total of 18 mares sold for an average of $29,117, up 17% from the $24,981 average when 16 mares were sold in 2016.

Hip 309 Annas Babe, the dam of Governor’s Cup Futurity winner AJS Annas Smoke, was the $145,000 high seller of the weekend after JGA Racing Stables purchased the 8-year-old broodmare from the consignment of Firth Ranch, Agent for the MacPherson Trust Dispersal on Sunday. By A Regal Choice and out of the Strawfly Special mare Babe On The Fly, Annas Babe is a half-sister of Grade 1 winners Little Talks and Rock You. She sold with a 2018 embryo by Separatist.

“You are always looking for opportunities, especially for a producing mare,” said Juan Aleman of JGA Stables. “Annas Babe threw that very good Separatist colt (AJS Anna Smoke) and when we saw her in the sale we were interested.

"She crosses well with Apollitical Jess," Aleman added. "That was our focus on getting her. She’ll be going to James Ranch where Apollitical Jess stands. We’ll breed her, pull some embryos, breed her to Apollitical Jess. We bought another mare (Hip 307 AJS Anna Secret at the Los Alamitos Equine Sale) that also crosses with Apollitical Jess. We are looking for good mares, and (we'll) see if we get some good babies to run here at Los Alamitos.”

JGA Racing Stables also purchased an embryo out of Annas Babe by One Famous Eagle for $57,000. This embryo and also AJS Anna Secret were consigned by Firth Ranch, Agent for the MacPherson Trust Dispersal.

Steve and Jo Rae Burns of Burns Ranch purchased Hip 259 Dont Pass Bar for $102,000 to make her the second highest seller of the weekend. Consigned by Ed Allred, Dont Pass Bar is the dam of 2015 champion aged mare Quirky, and is from the family of Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby winner Ynot Walk. Dont Pass Bar, a 10-year-old mare also by A Regal Choice and out of Chicks Beduino mare Ynot Bar, sold with a Stel Corona embryo and a Favorite Cartel embryo. 

Juniors Quarter Horses purchased Hip 215 Special Of Course, a colt by Walk Thru Fire and out of the Strawfly Special mare Special And Proud, for $100,000 on Sunday to make him the top selling yearling of the weekend. From the Ed Allred consignment, Special Of Course is a full-brother to Sale Topper, the third-place finisher in the Grade 1 Ed Burke Million Futurity and a finalist in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity, Grade 2 Golden State Derby, and Restricted Grade 3 Governor’s Cup Derby.

Rosenthal Ranch Trust purchased Hip 198 Powerful Favorite, a colt by Favorite Cartel and out Remember Me Rose, for $90,000 on Sunday. Consigned by Burns Ranch, Powerful Favorite is a full-brother to The Revenant, the third-place finisher in both the Grade 2 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity and Restricted Grade 2 Governor’s Cup Futurity. Powerful Favorite’s mother, Remember Me Rose, won the Grade 1 Ruidoso Derby and the Grade 2 Sunland Park Winter Futurity and Grade 2 John Deere Juvenile Challenge in route to $820,895 in earnings. Rosenthal Ranch also purchased Hip 220 Seein Starz for $70,000 from Burns Ranch, Agent for Lila Kessinger. A colt by Favorite Cartel and out of Starlite Delight, Seein Starz is from the family of champion Inseperable, multiple stakes winner Seperate Interest, and Broodmare of the Year Fortune Of Delight. 

Carmen Villalobos paid $87,000 for Hip 169 Allyson Felix, a filly by Walk Thru Fire and also out of Remember Me Rose. Moments later Villalobos purchased Hip 179 Bac In Time for $50,000. Bac In Time is a colt by Foose out of the Grade 1 winning mare Running Bac. He’s a full-brother to Grade 3 La Primera Del Ano Derby and PCQHRA Breeders Derby winner Bac In Front and half-sister of Restricted Grade 1 winner Checknbac. Villalobos also bought Hip 285 Lou Dobbs, a Favorite Cartel colt out of the multiple stakes winner Classic Sassy Chic, for $55,000. All three were purchased from the Burns Ranch consignment.

Fawna Knight bought Hip 239 Summertime Babe for $85,000 from the Burns Ranch consignment on Sunday. A filly by Foose and out of Babe On The Fly, Summertime Favorite is a half-sister to the aforementioned Grade 1 winners Little Talks and Rock You and the stakes winners Fly Thru The Fire, Carne Vino, JM Specialwynn, and Wrap You Up.

Other top selling yearlings on Sunday included Hip 216 Proudly Special, a filly by Walk Thru Fire and out of Special And Proud, who was purchased by John Andreini and Vince Genco for $50,000; Hip 303 Improvise, a filly by Walk Thru Fire and out of Coronas Rouge, who was bought by Demler, Nichols, and Thompson Racing Inc. for $50,000; and Hip 323 AJS Annas Smoke, the 2016 Governor’s Cup Futurity winner, who was purchased for $50,000 by Ron Hartley and John Cooper.

Ed Allred was the sales’ leading buyer after purchasing 11 horses for a total of $311,500. Carmen Villalobos was the second leading buyer with six horses for $259,000, while JGA Racing Stables bought three hips for $220,000.

Allred finished as the leading consignor by gross with 35 head selling for $865,500. Burns Ranch, Agent was the second leading consignor with 31 head going for $722,700, while Firth Ranch, Agent was the third leading consignor with 23 head selling for $557,200. Burns Ranch also sold 18 head for $543,000, while Lazy E Ranch, LLC, Agent for John Andreini sold 10 head for $373,000. Lazy E Ranch also served as agent for seven other consigners that finished in the top 20.

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