RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM – August 31, 2013 – The second session of the three-session Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale was down compared to the second session last year, despite a $230,000 session topper and 10 yearlings bringing $100,000 or more.
The second session average was $44,200, a 16.9 percent decline from last year. Last year’s second session had the highest average of any session in the history of the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale and its predecessor, the All American Yearling Sale.
The second session declines offset the first night gains. Through the first two sessions of the sale offering 493 yearlings, the sale average is $40,700. That is off 8.6 percent from last year.
Topping the second session at $230,000 was Ms Weetona Lafawn, a daughter of Corona Cartel and Heritage Place Futurity winner First Carolina. Corona Cartel sired the top-three high sellers on the sale’s opening night. First Carolina is the dam of three stakes winners, including this year’s Grade 1, $1,055,000 Rainbow Futurity winner Ms First Prize Rose. First Carolina is a daughter of 2006 broodmare of the year First Prize Dash, a sister to world champion and all-time leading sire First Down Dash.
McColee Land and Livestock bought Ms Weetona Lafawn from the 6666 Ranch consignment.
Trendi, a sister to world champion and All American Futurity winner Stolis Winner, was the second high seller at $210,000. Jerry Windham consigned the daughter of Stoli-Veva Jean and she was purchased by William E. Smith.
The other yearling selling for $200,000 or more was Walkin Back Blues, a son of Walk Thru Fire and world champion Blues Girl Too. The Corona Cartel daughter Blue Girl Too won the 2007 Champion of Champions and set the then 440-yard Los Alamitos track record during that career-defining victory.
Walkin Back Blues was purchased by Reliance Ranches from the Granada Farms’ consignment.
The Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale concludes on Sunday night immediately after the races at Ruidoso Downs.