Heritage Place Yearling Sale Day 1

Pair of colts top Day 1 at six figures.

Pair of colts top Day 1 at six figures.

Heritage Place’s 39th annual September Yearling Sale that kicked off today in Oklahoma City saw a significant rise across the board compared to the sale’s 2016 opening session, including a pair of colts that hit $100,000 sale prices.

“We had a really good first day,” Heritage Place General Manager Spence Kidney said Thursday evening. “The average is up 29 percent over last year total sale, repurchases were nearly the same, we have a great two days left.”

With 16 less horses selling on the opening day this year the first day gross jumped 17 percent to $3,602,300 compared to $2,979,100 in 2016.

Buyers purchased 217 of 247 head offered (21 horses were withdrawn) for a $16,600 average, a 23 percent increase over 2016’s first day average of $12,786. The median rose 14 percent to $10,500 compared to $9,000 last year.

The first six-figure seller was Hip 83, the sorrel colt Separate Jets. Bred by Walter "Dick" Harrison, he was purchased by Dillon Lane.

Separate Jets is a son of Separatist out of the Tres Seis mare Senorita Tres.

Sire Separatist is a champion and champion sire, with progeny earnings of more than $23.9 million, including three champions.

Dam Senorita Tres was herself an 11-time stakes winner with earnings of $140,730. She has produced the earners of more than $422,000 from eight starters, including Politicaly Correct ($353,774)and Brookestone Grey ($41,748).

Separate Jets' price was quickly equalled by Hip 114, a bay colt named Corona By Corona. The colt is by leading living sire Corona Cartel and out of the Jess Louisiana Blue mare Louisana Corona.

He was consigned by McColee Land & Livestock LLC and was bought by Keith Nellesen.

Sire Corona Cartel was a major runner and is the sport's top living sire, with progeny earnings of more than $55.8 million. He is also a sire of sires, with his own son PYC Paint Your Wagon the current leading sire of winners this year, with progeny earnings of more than $27.8 million from eight crops to race.

Louisana Corona is out of the champion mare Corona Cash, herself a daughter of No. 2-all-time leading producer and American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame member Corona Chick. Louisana Corona was a two-time stakes winner and earner of $186,206 in her racing career. Her first foals are 2-year-olds, but she has one winner from one starter.

The Heritage Place Yearling Sale continues through Saturday. For full results, visit the Heritage Place website.