Strong Opening Session Sets Tone at Heritage Place Winter Mixed
Michael Herd paid $350,000 for AQHA Racing Champion Aged Mare Curls Happy Wagon in the opening session at the Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale in Oklahoma City Friday.

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Strong Opening Session Sets Tone at Heritage Place Winter Mixed

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKóJANUARY 15, 2021óWith a promise of a new year buyers came out in full force Friday (Jan 15) for the opening session of the 43rd annual Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale in Oklahoma City.

"We had a record crowd on hand for the opening session and the market proved to be strong," Heritage Place General Manager Spence Kidney said late Friday. The first session averaged $17,484 on horses sold, an increase of 45% compared to $12,005 in 2020 and 93% of the horses offered today were marked sold. It was an exciting day at Heritage Place and we certainly look forward to strong finish in Saturday's second session."

A total of 263 horses from the 282 offered on Friday sold through the ring for gross receipts of $4,598,400. The average compared to 2020's opening Day rose 31% to $17,484 and the median was $12,000, a 33% increase compared to Day 1 of the 2020 Winter Mixed Sale.

Christina Flores purchased Hip 130 Contender for $165,000 on Friday. © StallioneSearch / Greg Thompson
Michael Herd paid $350,000 for the opening day high-seller, Hip 140 Curls Happy Wagon. The Grade 1 winning daughter of leading sire Pyc Paint Your Wagon was named AQHA Racing Champion Aged Mare of 2020 during ceremonies conducted Thursday evening in Oklahoma City.

Charette-Hill Racing, Inc., Agent for Martin Stacy and Michael Pohl consigned the Grade 1 winner of over $360,000. She is out of the Grade 3 winning Spit Curl Jess mare Eye A Spit Curl Girl. Curls Happy Wagon was third in the January 3rd Charger Bar Handicap at Los Alamitos in her last start.

Christina Flores paid $165,000 for the second high-seller on Friday, Hip 130 Contender, a just turned 3-Year-Old colt by leading third-crop sire Hes Relentless. Bob Moore Farms, LLC, Agent consigned the Grade 1 Heritage Place Futurity finalist out of Painted Sable by Pyc Paint Your Wagon.

Martha Wells purchased Staggering Stride for $152,000 in Friday's session. © StallioneSearch / Greg Thompson
Martha Wells, named AQHA Racing's 2020 Champion Owner on Thursday, signed the ticket for Friday's third high-seller, Hip 312 Staggering Stride, for $152,000. Dreams Come True Ranch consigned the stakes winning Mr Jess Perry mare out of Dinastia Toll Brz. She is a half-sister to champion and world champion sire FDD Dynasty.

AQHA Champion Breeder Bobby D. Cox was the first session leading consignor with 31 head selling for gross receipts of $413,600. Marty Powers Agent had 24 head bring $398,200 and Charette-Hill Racing, Inc., Agent for Martin Stacy & Michael Pohl had the one mare for $350,000.

Two-time AQHA Racing Champion and first-crop sale sire Kvn Corona was the leading sire of short-yearlings on Friday (by average with two or more sold) with three head averaging $38,333. Champion Hez Our Secret sold three yearlings for a $19,333 average and multiple stakes sire Jess Lips had two average $16,250.

Pyc Paint Your Wagon was the Day 1 leading covering sire (by average with two or more sold) with two in-foal mares averaging $37,250. Champion and first sale-crop sire Flying Cowboy 123 had two in-foal mares average $32,350 and 2020's leading third-crop sire Coronado Cartel sold two in-foal mares for a $20,000 average.

For preliminary results from Friday's opening session, including hip-by-hip prices, CLICK HERE.

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Saturday's final session will get underway at 10:00 a.m. (CST) and will feature Hips 346 thru 691. At the beginning of Saturday's session breeding to champion Kvn Corona, champion Jess Good Candy, Jess Being Valiant, JL Dash Ta Heaven, Winners Version and Bullseye Bullion will be sold to benefit the Sam Thompson Foundation.

The Winter Mixed Sale can be viewed on the Heritage Place website and the catalog is also available for download through RGP Catalog App. Search for RGP Catalog App on iTunes or Google Play.

For additional information contact Heritage Place Sale Company at 405.682.4551.