LQHBA Sale Off to Strong Start

Two horses crack six figures on the first day of the Louisiana yearling sale.


A Heza Fast Dash colt sold for $130,000 to top the first day of the LQHBA Yearling Sale.

Bolstered by a pair of six-figure yearlings on day one, the 2014 LQHBA Yearling Sale got off to great start in Kinder, Louisiana, on Friday with major increases in both average and median compared to last year.

On 193 head selling from the 266 offered in the sale’s first session, consignors enjoyed a 20% increase in the average from $10,383 last year to $12,504. The median rose by 21% from $6,200 in 2013 to $7,500 in 2014. Friday’s gross receipts on horses sold came to $2,413,200.

"We had a great offering of yearlings today," LQHBA Executive Director Tony Patterson said following the sale's opening session. "We saw a number of new buyers at the sale for the first time and I think it shows in the today's numbers. We are looking forward to another strong day tomorrow."

TM Ranch purchased the two high-selling yearlings on day one from Jumonville Farms. Hip 188, Louisiana Fast Dash, a Heza Fast Dash colt from the Mr Jess Perry mare Eyejesslovelouisiana, was the day's top seller at $130,000. Hip 106, Half Time Blues, sold for $102,000. The Jess Louisiana Blue filly is a half-sister to stakes winner Political Option, Sizzlin Cartel and Louisiana Blue Dream.

TM Ranch was the leading buyer on day one with five purchases for $372,000. Talmadge Green bought three yearlings for a $115,700 gross, and Evaristo Villarreal paid $72,000 for two yearlings.

Jumonville Farms was the sale's leading consignor in the first session with four yearlings totaling $283,300. J & B Racing had six head sell for $200,200, and Bielau Oaks had eight yearlings total $127,600.

First crop sale-sire American Runaway was the leading sale sire on day one (by average with two or more sold), with two yearlings averaging $37,500. Leading sire Heza Fast Dash had 10 yearlings average $32,420, Fly Jess Fly had three average $23,333, and leading sire Jess Louisiana Blue saw nine yearlings average $22,944.

For preliminary results from day one, including hip-by-hip results, CLICK HERE.

The sale’s second session will get under way at 10:00 a.m. at the Coushatta Casino Resort Pavilion featuring Hips 268 through 534.

To view the sale's webcast and online catalog CLICK HERE.

For additional information, visit the association's website lqhba.com or call 318.487.9506.

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