Ruidoso Sale Stays Strong on Second Night

Dan and Jolene Urschel buy a second horse for $200,000 or more.

A total of 29 yearlings have sold for $100,000 or more at this year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.

Dan and Jolene Urschel signed the ticket on their second $200,000-plus yearling Saturday night when they bought the $235,000 second session sale topping Tempting Dash colt Betchacantcatchme at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.

The Canadian, Texas couple that raced the breed's only Triple Crown winner, Special Effort in 1981, also purchased Lonely Tonight for $200,000 in the opening session. Dreams Comes True Ranch consigned Betchacancatchme, who is out of the stakes-winning and multiple stakes-producing Takin On The Cash mare Dreams For Lyndise.

Saturday's second session continued a double-digit increase in the sale average to $45,889 as compared to the 2013 final sale average of $41,480. The median held even with last year at $30,000 after 224 were sold from the 291 head that passed through the ring. The first two session preliminary gross is $10,281,400.

Twenty-nine yearlings have broken the $100,000 barrier, five have surpassed $200,000 and the first session topper, Rip Tide, a Corona Cartel colt who sold for $300,000 to Reliance Ranches LLC, is still the sale highest selling yearling.

Reliance Ranches paid $220,000 for Saturday's second high-seller, Jess Fire Me Thru. Lazy E Ranch LLC, agent for Speed LLC, consigned the Walk Thru Fire colt out of the Grade 1-winning and multiple stakes-producing Mr Jess Perry mare Jess Sass Me.

J J Cool LLC purchased Hip 237 for $200,000, a One Famous Eagle filly out of the stakes-winning First Down Dash mare Aquafina. Cosigned by Lazy E Ranch LLC, Agent, the filly is from the second crop out of the full sister to world champion Wave Carver and champion Ocean Runaway.

Reliance Ranches LLC is the sales leading buyer through two sessions with 10 purchases totaling $1,382,000. Dan and Jolene Urschel bought four head for $480,000, and Johnny Trotter has purchased two yearlings for $312,000.

Lazy E Ranch LLC, agent, is the sales leading consignor with 14 head for $1,210,000. Burns Ranch has sold 12 yearlings for $620,500, and Julianna Hawn Holt has nine yearlings that totaled $547,500.

Corona Cartel is the leading sale sire through two sessions (by average with two or more sold) with 19 yearlings averaging $88,211. Walk Thru Fire has six yearlings that averaged $85,500, and leading second crop sire Tempting Dash sold eight yearlings for a $79,813 average.

Grade 1 winner Favorite Cartel is the leading first-sale crop sire (by average with two or more sold) through the first two sessions with four yearlings averaging $61,750. World champion Apollitical Jess has four yearlings averaging $59,250, and Grade 1 winner Bodacious Dash has three yearlings sold for a $55,167 average.

For the preliminary Ruidoso Select Sale results for the first two sessions, including hip-by-hip information, CLICK HERE.

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

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