By Tony Patterson, LQHBA Executive Director
KINDER — A pair of record-breaking yearling sales helped fuel the just concluded 2018 LQHBA Yearling Sale to record levels across the board this week.
Jess A Fast Rouge, a colt by leading sire Heza Fast Dash, broke the state's high-selling Quarter Horse yearling record on Thursday night for $200,000 and today (Saturday) Moonocracy, a colt by first-crop sale sire Apollitical Blood, busted Thursday night's record when he brought a final bid of $210,000.
Those two big-ticket colts helped push the record setting LQHBA Yearling Sale, to gross receipts of $6,616,100 for 461 horses sold—the highest in the sale's history according to LQHBA officials. The 2018 average of $14,352 was up 21% over last year's $11,877. The median climbed 14% to $8,200 compared to $7,200 only a year ago.
"Once again, this sale has established new records for our Association," LQHBA Executive Director Tony Patterson said Saturday evening. "Congratulations to our buyers, consignors, agents and farms—it is their hard work and commitment that makes this sale so successful. It’s an honor for me to be a part of it," he concluded.
Watson Land & Cattle signed the $210,000 ticket on the all-time sale-topper Hip 589 Moonocracy, a half-brother to RG1 winner Dashnunder Afullmoon, winner of the Lee Berwick Futurity(RG1) and the LQHBA Lassie Futurity in 2017.
The colt by champion Apollitical Blood is out of the stakes winning Dash Ta Fame mare Full Moon Dasher, who is the dam of G2-placed Jen And Vodka and two-time winner N Bee C. Spring Hill Farms, who has bred the last two Lee Berwick Futurity(RG1) winners, is the breeder and consignor of the high-seller Moonocracy.
The Louisiana fireworks began on Thursday night when Hip 78 Jess A Fast Rogue, a colt by leading sire Heza Fast Dash out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Miss Jess Rogue, broke the previous high-selling yearling record when Paragon Farms ponied up $200,000.
Robicheaux Ranch, Inc., Agent for Triple M Farms, LLC consigned the brother to stakes winners Heza Fast Rogue and Jess A Rogue, as well the half-sibling to six addition black type runners.
Paragon Farms, a major buyer at Ruidoso the past couple of year, made a big splash by dipping their toe into the Louisiana-bred market this year.
TM Ranch paid $100,000 for the sale's third high-seller, Hip 592 Ms Pilot Train on Saturday. Grants Farms, LLC consigned the homebred daughter of multiple stakes sireFreighttrain B from the stakes winning Splash Bac mare Ms Pilot Point. The brown filly is a half-sister to All American Futurity(G1) winner Mr Piloto, G2 winner Paint My Pilot, G1-placed Point Break Dash and two other black type runners.
Paragon Farms was the sale's leading buyer with five head for $297,000. TM Ranch paid $242,000 for five yearlings and Watson Land & Cattle had the sale-topper for $210,000.
Grant Farms, LLC sold 22 yearlings for $520,900 to lead all consignors and agents.Robicheaux Ranch, Inc., Agent had 22 head for $363,700 and Spring Hill Farms sold 7 head for $291,200. Robicheaux Ranch, Inc., Agent for Triple M Farms LLC also made the top-ten list at #6 with three head for $243,700 and Robicheaux Ranch, Inc., Agent for Simmons Racing was #9 with four yearlings for $208,000.
Heza Fast Dash led all sale sires (by average with two or more sold) with 28 yearlings averaging $33,107. First-crop sale sire Apollitical Blood had 18 yearlings for $27,533 and Game Patriot sold six yearlings that averaged $24,783.
Point Break Dash was the #2 first-crop sale sire with three yearlings for $20,833 andPaint Me Perry had three head average $18,500. Heza Fast Rogue rounded out the first-crop sale sires with four yearlings at $9,375.
Final sale results will be posted on StallioneSearch later this month after the LQHBA has certified all sales and purchase prices.
For additional information call 318-487-9506 or visit the association's website at lqhba.com.