Corona Cartels Top First Ruidoso Sale Session

Colt by leading sire goes for $300,000 on first night of the three-day auction.

The Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale contiues on Saturday and Sunday.

A pair of Corona Cartel yearlings topped the opening session of the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale as 16 yearlings cracked the six-figure barrier on Friday night.

The opening night average saw a seven percent increase over the final numbers last year to $44,387 as compared to $41,480 in 2013. A total of 116 of the 146 offered in the first session sold for a gross of $5,148,900.

Reliance Ranches LLC paid $300,000 for the sale-topper Rip Tide, a Corona Cartel colt out of Little Surfer by First Down Dash. Consigned by Lazy E Ranch LLC, agent, the gray colt was originally cataloged as Hip 466 but sold in the sale as on Friday night as Hip 90. He is from the second crop of a stakes-winning full sister to world champion Wave Carver and champion Ocean Runaway.

Johnny Trotter purchased Devilwitha Bluedress, a sister to world champion Blues Girls Too, for $200,000. Belle Mere Farms Ltd., agent, consigned the Corona Cartel filly out of former Broodmare of the Year Run The Dash, by Sixarun.

Dan and Jolene Urschel paid $200,000 for a Walk Thru Fire half-sister to Ruidoso Derby (G1) winner Rock You. Burns Ranch, agent, consigned the sorrel filly out of Grade 1-placed Babe On The Fly, by Strawfly Special.

Reliance Ranches LLC was the leading buyer in the opening session with five yearlings totaling $800,000. Johnny Trotter bought two yearlings for $312,000, and M & J Racing purchased three head for $272,000.

Lazy E Ranch LLC, agent, was the leading consignor and/or agent Friday night with 10 head grossing $922,000. Julianna Hawn Holt had six yearlings bring $393,000, and Burns Ranch, agent, sold seven yearlings totaling $358,500.

Corona Cartel led opening session sale sires (by average with two or more sold) with 13 head for a $107,000 average. Mr Jess Perry saw five head average $75,200, first-sale crop sire Bodacious Dash had two yearlings average $73,500 and PYC Paint Your Wagon had seven average $64,714.

Other first crop sale sires with sharp opening night numbers were Louisiana Senator, who had three yearlings average $62,333, and American Runaway with two for an average of $49,500.

For the preliminary Ruidoso Select Sale results for the opening session, including hip-by-hip results, CLICK HERE.

The sale's second session will get underway Saturday evening following the final race at Ruidoso Downs, with hips 157 through 310. Sunday's final session with feature hips 311 through 466.

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