Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale Recap

The three-day sale recorded increases in gross and average over 2016.

A Galaxy Guardian sold for $320,000 on Saturday to top the three-day Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. PHOTO: Richard Chamberlain

The Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale concluded on Sunday evening with the average per horse sold at $42,867 for the entire sale, a 19.3-percent gain over last year’s offering.

 That is an increase of $6,928 per yearling sold.

The median price was also up. This year the median price was $27,000 per yearling and last year it was $25,000.

The third and final sale session gave the sale a lift. The average per horse sold was $46,125, an impressive 21-percent increase over the final session over the 2016 sale.

The top-two sellers each came from the first session of the three-session sale.

Topping the sale at $320,000 was A Galaxy Guardian, a Corona Cartel colt from Julianna Hawn Holt consignment. He is out of champion Higher Fire, an earner of $1.3 million.

Judd Kearl signed the ticket to purchase A Galaxy Guardian.

Selling for $310,000 to be the second high seller was Streakin Rusty, a son of Mr Jess Perry and stakes winner Rustys Quickid. He was consigned by Roger Daly (agent for Burnett Ranches, LLC and Clyde Wilmott) and purchased by Wilmott.

Rustys Quickid has produced three stakes winners and five stakes-placed runners.

The final sale session provided the third high seller at $240,000, Famous Strong Eagle. He is a son of One Famous Eagle and Los Alamitos Championship winner Strength In Numbers.

Famous Strong Eagle was consigned by Grant Farms, LLC and purchased by Jose J. and Pedro Aquado Espinosa.

The top end of the market was particularly strong. A total of 28 yearlings brought $100,000 with 10 of those yearlings fetching $200,000. That compares to 18 yearlings bringing $100,000 or more, including three $200,000 yearlings, in the 2016 sale.

The Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale ended its three-day run on Sunday.

Of the 429 yearlings offered, 308 sold for a gross of $13,169,000, an increase of 9 percent over the $12,013,400 gross for 334 yearlings in 2016. This year's average of $42,756 marked a 16 percent increase over last year's average of $35,968.

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