TQHA Sale Concludes with Record Price

First Down Dash filly sells for $250,000 to establish a new record at the Texas sale.


The TQHA Yearling Sale concluded with significant increases in average and median.

TQHA ended its 17th annual yearling sale on Saturday with a record-breaking yearling price of $250,000 and strong increases across the board in gross average and median prices.

While cataloging 10 percent less horses in 2014 compared to the previous year, the sale enjoyed a 15 percent bump in gross sales. The 2014 sale saw 183 yearlings marked sold for $2,477,800 as compared to 209 yearlings for a total of $2,163,800 last year.

The average price was up a whopping 31 percent to $13,540 compared to $10,353 in 2013. The median got a 27 percent bump to $7,000 from $5,500 last year.

"TQHA is very pleased with the overall sale and results this year," Val Clark, TQHA’s executive director, said Saturday following the final session. "We want to especially congratulate the connections of Yellow Rose B who became the all-time high-selling TQHA sale yearling in history."

Dan and Jolene Urschel of Canadian, Texas, who raced the only Triple Crown winning 2-year-old Quarter Horse in history—Special Effort—33-years ago, paid $250,000 for Yellow Rose B, a First Down Dash filly out of Mon Ti Fleur, by Mr Jess Perry.

Bielau Oaks Ranch consigned the half sister to six winners and three stakes horses, including Restricted Grade 2 winner Mon Ti Rose ($284,169). Her dam is a full sister to stakes winner St Pats Tea, making Yellow Rose B a full sister "in-blood" to Texas Classic Futurity (G1) winner Bodacious Dash ($756,495), Charger Bar Handicap (G2) winner Native Tea Rose ($238,055) and Firecracker Derby winner St Pats First ($173,113).

Perrys Dreamgirl, a half sister to Bodacious Eagle, who finished third in this year's Ruidoso Futurity (G1) and fourth in the Rainbow Futurity (G1), brought the second-highest price when James Cordell went to $77,000 for the Mr Jess Perry daughter on Friday. Bobby D. Cox consigned the brown filly out of Bodacious Dream, by Corona Cartel.

Valerino Racing paid $62,000 for Governor Pete, a colt by first crop sire Dealagame out of Smiles All Around, by Feature Mr Jess. Granada Farms, agent for Mike Amburn, consigned the half brother to the 2014 Oklahoma Derby winner One Valliant Hero.

Dan and Jolene Urschel were the sale's leading buyers with the one purchase for $250,000. James Cordell paid $153,000 for four yearlings, and David and Meg Brown purchased two head for $71,000.

Bielau Oaks Ranch was the leading consignor with five head for a gross of $355,000. Bobby D. Cox had 10 head sell for $309,500, and Delta Equine, agent for Mercy Hinklin's Horse Farm LLC, sold nine head for $141,700.

Mr Jess Perry was the leading sale sire (by average with two or more yearlings sold) with four head for an average of $50,750. Leading second crop sire Tempting Dash had two yearlings for a $39,500 average, and PYC Paint Your Wagon had two yearlings average $38,000.

With four yearlings sold for an average of $31,500, Bodacious Dash was the leading first crop sale sire by average among those with two or more sold. In that same category, Prospect To The Top had two yearlings average $23,950, and Dominyun had three yearlings average $14,167.

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