Average, Median Soar at Los Al Sale

Walk Thru Fire colt sells for $220,000 to top the California sale.


Free Swinger, a son of Walk Thru Fire, topped the Los Alamitos Equine Sale with a bid of $220,000. (Photo courtesy Los Alamitos Equine Sale)

The Los Alamitos Equine Sale continued a robust market on Sunday as the 10th annual sale posted huge across-the-board gains. The two-day auction began Saturday.

The sale average of $18,273 was up by 20% from $15,201 and the $11,500 median represented a 35% gain over last year's $8,500. The two sessions saw 257 head sold for $4,695,100, a 5% increase over last year's total for a much larger number of horses sold, 295.

Three yearlings sold for six figures this year. The session topper Sunday was a $220,000 colt by Walk Thru Fire, and on Saturday a $200,000 colt by Corona Cartel had the highest bid.

Abigail Kawananakoa purchased the high-seller, Hip 225 Free Swinger, from Edward C. Allred. The bay colt is a brother to Restricted Grade 1 winner Hot Hitter and half-brother to seven other stakes horses include Restricted Grade 1 winner Hard Hitting. This is the immediate family of world champion Freaky.

The second-high seller, Hip 184 The Cartels Crown, brought a final bid of $200,000 on Saturday from Carlos Raynal. Burns Ranch, agent for Balgo Racing Team Inc., consigned the Corona Cartel half-brother to Grade 3 winner Feature Malinche. The second dam produced champion aged horse Mongoose Jet Eye.

Raynal also bought the sale's third high-seller Hip 43 Perrys Sweetheart, a Mr Jess Perry half-sister to world champion One Dashing Eagle for $175,000. Burns Ranch, agent, was the consignor.

Raynal led all buyers with three purchases totaling $458,000. Abigail Kawananakoa had the one for $220,000, and Ron Hartley signed the ticket for two head totaling $117,000.

Edward C. Allred was the sale's leading consignor and/or agent with 43 head grossing $1,157,100. Burns Ranch, agent, had 40 head total $1,004,700, and Vessels Stallion Farm LLC had 14 head bring $244,400.

Mr Jess Perry was the leading yearling sire (by average with two or more sold) with three head that sold for a $75,833 average. Corona Cartel had five head average $63,500, and First Down Dash had four yearlings average $49,250. Favorite Cartel was the leading first-crop sale sire (by average with two or more sold) with 23 yearlings that averaged $17,348. Kiddy Up was the leading covering sire (by average with two or more sold) with two in-foal mares averaging $5,700.

For preliminary sales results, including hip-by-hip information, CLICK HERE.