RUIDOSO DOWNS, N.M. – An unnamed colt by the Hennessy stallion Roll Hennessy Roll topped the Thoroughbred portion of the Aug. 15-16 New Mexico-Bred Sale at the Ruidoso Downs Sale Pavilion.
Consigned by Fred and Linda Alexander’s A & A Ranch of Anthony, N.M., the colt (Hip No. 229) was purchased on Saturday for $87,000 by Joe Dee Brooks, Scott Bryant, R.D. Hubbard, Brad King, and Dale Taylor.
He is one of nine foals produced by Thunder Bertie, a 16-year-old daughter of Thunder Gulch who won the $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes (G3) at Arlington Park in 2000, and he is a half brother to the listed stakes winning Saint Ballado filly Ballad Of Bertie.
The second-highest seller, an unnamed colt (Hip No. 220) by the Military stallion Tin Can Sailor, sold for $55,000 to Jim McClintic. Consigned by W.L. Mooring’s Double LL Farms of Bosque, New Mexico, the colt is out of Multitasker, is a winning 8-year-old mare by Bertrando and a half sister to two graded stakes winners, including 2013 champion 2-year-old colt and Grade 1 winner Shared Belief.
Another unnamed colt (Hip No. 187) consigned by Double LL was acquired for $50,000 by West Texas Racing Partnership. A chestnut son of the Storm Cat stallion Weather Warning, the colt is one of seven foals produced by the 14-year-old Sunday Minister mare Smooching, who is a half sister to Ciento, a Prospector Jones gelding who won 14 New Mexico-bred stakes from 2001-04.
A total of 73 Thoroughbred yearlings sold for an aggregate $803,300, compared to the 101 sold for a gross of $1,003,600 in 2013. This year’s average of $11,004 marked an 11-percent increase over last year’s average of $9,937.
The were 11 buybacks, and 14 Thoroughbred yearlings received no bid.
Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse broodmares were also offered for auction on Saturday.
A total of 15 broodmares – 11 Thoroughbred and four Quarter Horse – sold for $52,500, an average of $3,500 per head. Last year, the same number of broodmares brought a total of $64,200. This year’s average of $3,500 was down 18 percent from the 2013 broodmare average of $4,280.
The high-selling broodmare, the Thoroughbred Luxury Flight (Hip No. 248), was acquired for $20,000 by Linda Alexander, Lauren Fincher, and Melanie Miller. Consigned by A & A Ranch, the winning 13-year-old daughter of the Flying Paster stallion Flying Victor has produced three foals, none of which have yet started. Included in the sale was a 2014 filly by Diabolical, and the mare is believed to be in foal to Attila’s Storm.
For complete information on the sale, visit the Ruidoso Horse Sales Company website at www.ruidososelectyearlingsale.com.