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SAN ANTONIO, TX—Horse racing in Texas has been under attack for a number of years, but off recent news of new revenue created from House Bill 2463 by the 86th Texas Legislature, the Texas yearling market was strong for the just completed 2019 TQHA Yearling Sale held in San Antonio.
For the two sessions conducted over Friday and Saturday, 190 yearlings sold for a combined gross of $2,999,100, a 42% increase from $2,116,800 for 186 head sold last year. The 2019 average for horses sold of $15,785 was a 39% increase from last year's $11,381. The median was up 46% from $6,850 in 2018 to $10,000 this year.
The year's high-seller came out of Friday's opening session when Mark and Annette McCloy paid $110,000 for Hip #77 Winglets, a yearling filly by leading sire One Famous Eagle out of the Texas Classic Futurity(G1) runner-up First Fancy Racy by Carters Cartel. Bobby D. Cox was the consignor.
The sales' second high-seller, also on Friday, was Hip #12 Our Secret Sister consigned by 6666 Ranch, Agent for Burnett Ranches, LLC. Jackie Sessions signed the ticket at $90,000 for the Hez Our Secret filly out of Sister Jess by Mr Jess Perry. Our Secret Sister is a full sibling to 2019 West Texas Futurity(G2) winner Perrys Secret.
The third high-seller, Hip 222 sold today (Saturday) from the consignment of Bobby D. Cox. Christian Albino Ramas HDZ paid $61,000 for Fastidius, a colt by leading sire Mr Jess Perry from the stakes winning and multiple stakes producing Check Him Out mare Shescheckinumout. This the family of leading sire Favorite Cartel.
Alex Castaneda was the sale's leading buyer with 12 purchases totaling $132,700. Gonzalez Racing paid $128,500 for five yearlings and Tykhe Racing LLC purchased 4 head for $127,000.
Bobby D. Cox led all consignors and agents with 13 head sold for $548,500. Granada Farms, Agent had 12 head gross $233,400 and Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches, LP sold eight yearlings for $207,000.
Mr Jess Perry was the leading yearling sire (by average with two or more sold) with three head averaging $51.687. One Famous Eagle had 6 yearlings average $49,833 and Pyc Paint Your Wagon sold two for a $35,250 average.
Champion Moonin The Eagle as the leading first-crop sale sire (by average with two or more sold) with 2 head for $27,250. Champion EC Jet One has 9 yearling average $11,556 and Lethal Corona had 11 yearling average $9,455.
For a preliminary statistical summary, including hip-by-hip prices, CLICK HERE.
TQHA also hosted its first "Horses-In-Training" Sale on Friday and Saturday. Nine horses were sold for a $5,425 average and $5,6200 median. CLICK HERE for preliminary "Horses In Training" results.