BIG INCREASES IN KEY CATEGORIES HIGHLIGHT STRONG 2014 LOS ALAMITOS EQUINE SALE
LOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE, CYPRESS, CA… The 10th annual Los Alamitos Equine Sale enjoyed a 16% increase in sale average of yearlings over last year’s figures while posting increases in major sale categories like a 19% gain in the overall sale average and a 35% increase in the median price during its two-day event on October 4-5.
The two sessions saw 246 yearlings sold for $4,676,400 for an average of $19,010, the highest sale average for yearlings at the Los Alamitos Equine Sale since 2006. Overall, a total of 261 horses sold for $4,772,600 for a solid average figure of $18,286. The median price for the sale of $11,500 was up significantly over last year’s $8,500.
“It was a success,” said Dr. Steve Burns, one of the partners of the Los Alamitos Equine Sale and the second leading consignor. “We experienced hot weather this weekend, but the sale still enjoyed a good crowd. We are pleased with the results.”
For the third straight year, Abigail Kawananakoa had the sale topper after purchasing Free Swinger, a colt by leading stallion Walk Thru Fire for $220,000 on the second day of the sale. From the stock of the sale’s leading consignor, Ed Allred, Free Swinger is out of the Chicks Beduino mare Chickasis. Free Swinger is a full brother to Governor’s Cup Futurity and Derby winner Hot Hitter, an earner of $500,602 in his career. Walk Thru Fire is the sire of 2013 World Champion Last To Fire and champions Higher Fire, Separate Fire, Flame N Flash, and Pink Boots RM.
Free Swinger is also a half brother to multiple stakes winner Hard Hitting ($358,923) and former Los Alamitos track record holder Lassen County ($146,229). In 2013, Kawananakoa purchased the co-high seller when acquiring the First Down Dash filly Down Some Gold for $100,000. She had the sale topper in 2012 when purchasing a Mr Jess Perry yearling filly named Jet Takeoff for $140,000.
Carlos Raynal purchased a colt by Corona Cartel out of the Mr Eye Opener mare A Reason To Run named The Cartels Crown for $200,000 to make him the second highest seller. Consigned by Burns Ranch, agent for Balgo Racing Team, Inc, the black colt is a half brother to La Pacifica Handicap winner and La Primera Del Ano Derby runner-up Feature Malinche and also Governor’s Cup Derby and Futurity finalist Nefertity.
The Cartels Crown’s mother is a full sister to champion aged horse and champion aged mare Mongoose Jet Eye. A winner of the 1996 Los Alamitos Million Futurity, Corona Cartel is the sire of World Champion Blues Girl Too, All American Futurity Tellers Cartel, and Ed Burke Million Futurity winners and AQHA champions Five Bar Cartel and Carters Cartel. Corona Cartel has sired the winners of more than $45 million. The Cartels Crown is eligible to run in the Ed Burke Million Futurity, Golden State Million Futurity, Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity and the PCQHRA Breeders Series.
Also consigned by Burns Ranch, a filly named Perry Sweetheart was the third highest seller after being purchased for $175,000 by Raynal. Perry Sweetheart is a half-sister to 2012 World Champion One Dashing Eagle and a full sister to Golden State Million Futurity winner One Sweet Jess. Perrys Sweetheart is the daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry and out of the First Down Dash mare One Sweet Dash. A sire of 119 stakes winners, Mr Jess Perry’s sons and daughters have earned over $44 million on the track. His progeny include World Champion Apollitical Jess and champions One Famous Eagle, Noconi, Matabari, Miss Racy Jess, and Fredricksburg.
One Sweet Dash won the Prescott Futurity and Phoenix Futurity, but she has made her name on the breeding shed. Golden State Million Futurity winner One Sweet Jess bankrolled $953,592 in his career, while the outstanding One Dashing Eagle is the only American Quarter Horse to have won three races with purses of over $1 million. One Dashing Eagle won the All American Futurity, Golden State Million Futurity and Ed Burke Million Futurity. His career earnings of $2,079,065 rank him fourth all-time in earnings.
Raynal, who was the sale’s leading buyer, also purchased a First Down Dash colt named California King from Lazy Creek Ranch for $83,000. The figure made California King, who is the first foal out of the Check Him Out mare Lady Nayan, the sale’s fourth highest seller. Lady Nayan is a half-sister to 1993 champion 2-year-old filly Jumping Tac Flash and 1995 champion 2-year-old colt Splash Bac.
Beauprez, Bradbury and Bradbury paid $75,000 for the Walk Thru Fire colt Walk West to complete the top five sellers. From the Burns Ranch consignment. Walk West is a half brother to 2010 Kindergarten Futurity winner West Coast Hawk and stakes winners West Coast Okie and One Fast Okie.
Raynal was the leading buyer after purchasing three yearlings for $458,000. Kawananakoa’s purchase of Free Swinger made her the second leading buyer at $220,000, while Ron Hartley, fresh off his Moonist’s victory in the PCQHRA Breeders Derby, was the third leading buyer at signing for two yearlings for $117,000. Edward C, Allred was the sale's leading consignor with 43 head grossing $1,157,100. Burns Ranch, Agent had 40 head total $1,004,700 and Vessels Stallion Farm, LLC had 14 head bring $244,400.
The Los Alamitos Equine Sale is a partnership of Ed Allred, Vessels Stallion Farm LLC, John Andreni and Dr. Steve Burns. The Los Alamitos Equine Sale is managed by the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association.
For more information call PCQHRA at 714-236-1755.
Since 1951, Los Alamitos has been the nation's premier Quarter Horse track and the home of four races worth over $1 million dollars, including Quarter Horse racing's only $2 million guaranteed race - the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. Los Alamitos' other million dollar races are the Golden State Million Futurity, the Ed Burke Million Futurity and the Los Alamitos Super Derby. Los Alamitos is also the home of the prestigious $750,000 Champion of Champions.