Six-Figure Yearlings Boost Ruidoso Select First Two Sessions To Across-The-Board Increases
Trainer Judd Kearl purchased Hip 110 A Galaxy Guardian for $320,000 from leading consignor Julianna Hawn Holt.

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Six-Figure Yearlings Boost Ruidoso Select First Two Sessions To Across-The-Board Increases

RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—SEPTEMBER 3, 2017—With 206 yearling selling for $8,603,500, Ruidoso Horse Sale Company reported across-the-board increases following the opening two sessions of the 2017 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.

The sale company credited a strong catalog and outstanding individuals fueling interest which saw a 19% increase in average compared with the first two sessions last year.

The sale, which was forced to postpone the opening session after only 50 head sold on Friday night due to electrical issues in the city of Ruidoso Downs, got under way at 4:30 p.m. Saturday offering Hips 51 through 288.

Six figure yearlings selling in the first two nights have totaled 16. Six sold for $200,000 or more and two yearlings topped the $310,000 threshold.

Through two sessions 206 of the 266 head offered averaged $41,765 compared to $34,014 last year. The median price rose 7% to $27,000 compared to $25,000 through two days in 2016.

Trainer Judd Kearl paid $320,000 for Hip 110 A Galaxy Guardian, a Corona Cartel colt from the champion mare Higher Fire by Walk Thru Fire. Julianna Hawn Holt consigned the brother to Grade 1-placed Highest Fire and stakes-placed Grade 1 finalist Corona The Cat.

Hip 75, Streakin Rusty, brought a bid of $310,000 on Saturday night at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.
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Clyde Wilmott paid $310,000 for Hip 75, a Mr Jess Perry colt out of stakes-winner and multiple stakes producer Rustys Quickid by Royal Quick Dash. Consigned by Roger Daly, Agent for Burnett Ranches LLC/Wilmott, Streakin Rusty is a brother to Grade 1 winner Jessa Little Rusty.

Miguel Rodriguez purchased the high-selling filly, through two sessions, Hip 214 First True Heart for $210,00. Consigned by Julianna Hawn Holt, the First Moonflash filly, out of four-time champion Heartswideopen by Feature Mr Jess, is a half-sister to 2017 All American Derby(G1) finalist Bellissimia Chocolata.

Reliance Ranches, LLC purchased Hip 230 Bushwacker Dash, a brother to Texas Classic Futurity(G1) winner and multiple stakes sire Bodacious Dash, for $210,000 from Lazy E Ranch, LLC, Agent for Bob and Jerry Gaston. The First Down Dash colt is out of the RG2 winning Mr Jess Perry mare St Pats Tea.

Last year's AQHA Racing Champion Trainer Judd Kearl is the leading buyer through two sessions with five head for $752,000. Manuel Rodriguez had four purchases for $525,000 and Paragon Farms, LLC bought three head for $342,000.

Julianna Hawn Holt is the leading consignor or agent through two sessions with 10 head grossing $1,383,000, Bobby D. Cox had 15 head gross $540,500 and Grant Farms, LLC sold 13 head for $460,000.

Leading living sire of money earners Corona Cartel is the leading sale sire, by average with two or more sold, through two sessions with 25 head averaging $70,020. Second crop leading sire Big Daddy Cartel had three yearling average $66,667 and leading sire One Famous Eagle had 14 head for $63,500.

For preliminary sale results through two-sessions, including hip-hip results, CLICK HERE.

The closing session, Hips 289 thru 432 will be offered shortly after the close of the final race at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday.