Heritage Place Sale Day 1

First Down Dash mare Shining Down leads day 1 sales at Heritage Place.

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A First Down Dash broodmare topped the sales at the first day of the Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale.

Despite extreme cold weather the 36th annual Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale got off to a hot start during its opening session Thursday afternoon.

"We had a tremendous crowd today and saw a significant increase in the average," Heritage Place General Manager Spence Kidney said Thursday night. "We have a strong catalog and expect comparable numbers on Friday and Saturday."

Buyers bought 221 of the 291 head offered for a $2,324,300 gross. The $10,517 first day average is a 25 percent increase as compared to the 2013 final sale average of $8,397. The first day median price of $6,000 was a 33 percent increase compared to the 2013 final median numbers of $4,500.

David Brown purchased Thursday's high-seller Shining Down for $85,000. Lazy E Ranch, agent, consigned the 12-year-old daughter of all-time leading sire First Down Dash out of Mito Kiss, by Mito Paint. She sold in foal to leading living sire of money earners Corona Cartel.

Rogers Farms (Timothy and Jennie Rogers) purchased the second high-selling mare One Famous Cookie from Lazy E Ranch, agent for P.K. Thomas. The 6-year-old stakes-placed Separatist mare sold open for $73,000.

Bobby D. Cox sold a 2014 Mr Jess Perry weanling out of champion Significant Speed for $70,000 to Valeriano Racing Stables LLC. The filly is a full sister to Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity winner Jess Significant.

The aforementioned David Brown was the leading first session buyer with the one purchase for $85,000. Joe Rios signed the ticket for five head that totaled $73,800.

Bobby D. Cox was the leading consignor with 48 head bringing $527,800. Lazy E Ranch, LLC Agent had 18 head total $259,800 and Marty Powers, Agent had 10 consignments bring $146,700.

Heza Fast Dash, the 2013 leading sire of money earners led sires of short yearlings (by average with two or more sold) with two head averaging $20,250. PYC Paint Your Wagon had three head average $19,000 and first sale crop sire Favorite Cartel had two head for $17,350 in the opening session.

World champion Apollitical Jess, whose first crop will race in 2014, led first session covering sires (by average with two or more sold) selling two in-foal mares for $25,750 average. Champion and Grade 1 sire Carters Cartel had three in-foal mares average $13,333 and first crop sale-sire High Rate Of Return saw three in-foal mares average $10,267.

For session 1 preliminary sale results including hip-by-hip results CLICK HERE.

Friday's sale, offering hips 293 thru 583, will start promptly at 10 a.m. Saturday's session Day 3 will sell hips 584 thru 874.

The sale is again being webcast this year. Horsemen not in attendance can watch the sale and download an online catalog by CLICKING HERE.

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