RUIDOSO DOWNS, N.M. – The Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale is up 10 percent through the first two nights, Friday and Saturday, of the three-night offering with the yearlings averaging $45,657 per horse sold.

Saturday night’s per horse sold average was in a virtual dead heat with last year’s second night. This year’s average was $47,387 while last year’s second offering averaged $47,089 per horse sold. Last year, the second night had the highest average per horse sold of the entire sale.

The first night of this year’s sale was up more than 20 percent over the 2013 opening session.

The total of 13 yearlings reached $100,000 or more during the second session after 16 yearlings reached that threshold on opening night.

Dan and Jolene Urschel, winners of the 1979 (Pie In The Sky) and the 1981 (Special Effort) runnings of the All American Futurity, have made a big impact on this year’s sale.

They purchased the high seller during the second session, Betchacantcatchme, for $235,000 from the Dreams Come True Ranch consignment. On the opening night they bought the third high-seller, Lonely Tonight, for $200,000 from Burns Ranch, agent.

Betchacantcatchme is a son of Tempting Dash and out of the stakes winning and stakes-winning producer Dreams For Lyndsie, a daughter of Takin On The Cash. Dreams For Lyndsie is a half-sister to multiple champion Catchmeinyourdreams, winner of the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Championship for three consecutive years. This is the direct family of 1987 All American Futurity winner Elans Special.

Jess Fire Me Thru leaving the sale arena after commanding a price of $220,000 at Saturday’s Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. (Photo by Todd Fuqua)

The second high-seller at $220,000 was Jess Fire Me Thru, a son of Walk Thru Fire and Jess Sass Me. The colt was consigned by Lazy E Ranch, LLC, agent and purchased by Reliance Ranches, LLC, who also purchased the first night’s high-seller Rip Tide for $300,000. Reliance Ranches won this year’s Grade 1, $943,127 Ruidoso Derby with Rock You and the $100,000 Mr Jess Perry with Coronado Cartel.

Stakes winner Jess Sass Me is the dam of multiple stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Jess Being Valiant and John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge winner Valiant Jess.

The other horse to reach the $200,000 plateau on Saturday night was Eagle Springs, a daughter of One Famous Eagle and Aquafina. She was consigned by Lazy E Ranch, LLC, agent and was purchased by JJ Cool, LLC for $200,000.

Eagle Springs’ dam won the Adequan Los Alamitos Derby Challenge and is a full sister to world champion Wave Carver and two-time champion Ocean Runaway, each winners of the Champion of Champions.