A yearling colt by top Pacific Northwest sire Harbor the Gold sold for $78,000 to top the 2016 WTBOA Summer Yearling and Mixed Sale held August 23 at the WTBOA Sales Pavilion located at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Washington.
Consigned by Griffin Place, agent, the dark bay colt is out of the young Majesterian mare Dark Diva, a full sister to a trio of stakes winners and a half-sister to $247,867 stakes winner Highland Games. The yearling was purchased by the partnership of One Horse Will Do Corporation and Jack Arnold. One Horse Will Do Corporation has done well with previous sons of Harbor the Gold purchased out of WTBOA Sales, including multiple state champion Hollywood Harbor and current race star O B Harbor, a three-time 2016 stakes winner who finished third in the Longacres Mile (G3) just nine days earlier.
Two colts were obtained on $50,000 bids. Successful Southern California trainer Mark Glatt signed as agent for the first, an Exchange Rate colt, the first foal out of Washington horse of the year and multiple champion E Z Kitty. The gray/roan colt was bred in Kentucky by Highlander Racing Stables, who sold him under the El Dorado Farms’ banner of Nina and Ron Hagen.
One Horse Will Do Corporation also paid $50,000 for a half-brother to three-time Grade 3 stakes winner Summer Hit. The colt, which is from the final crop of leading California sire Tribal Rule and out of multiple stakes producer Mia F Eighteen, was bred and consigned by William and Mary Lou Griffin’s Griffin Place.
Of the 15 yearlings bringing a $30,000 or more top bid, only two were fillies. The first, a daughter of Nationhood out of multiple stakes Sweethrtofsigmachi, was bred and consigned by Dr. Duane and Sue Hopp’s Castlegate Farm and purchased by David Greenshields.
The second young distaffer, also consigned by Griffin Place as agent, was a daughter of two-time British Columbia leading sire Finality. Already the dam of BC champion filly Finality’s Charmer, since the catalog went to press, not one or two, but three other of Wednesday’s Out daughters have won stakes, including two-year-old Something Better. She was purchased by trainer Greg Tracy, who is highly successful on the Alberta circuit. Both fillies brought $30,000.
Early results show that of the 114 horses consigned in the summer yearling session, 80 sold for a $1,411,900 total, which was only .14 percent down from the 2015 sales which saw 76 yearlings bring a $1,413,900 gross. While the average dropped a little over five percent to $17,649, nearly $1,000 down from 2015 figure, the median rose a substantial 55.5 percent to $15,500. It had hovered between $9,500 and $10,500 at the previous three Washington sales. Twenty summer yearlings failed to find a new home and there were six outs.
Hip # Sex, Pedigree, Consignor. (Buyer) Price.
62 Colt, Harbor the Gold—Dark Diva, Griffin Place, Agt. (One Horse Will Do Corporation and Jack Arnold) $78,000.
66 Colt, Exchange Rate—E Z Kitty, El Dorado Farms LLC, Agt for Highlander Racing Stables. (Mark Glatt, Agt) $50,000.
98 Colt, Tribal Rule—Mia F Eighteen, Griffin Place. (One Horse Will Do Corporation) $50,000.
36 Colt, Stay Thirsty—Adorable Lydia, Griffin Place, Agt. (Mark Glatt, Agt) $47,000.
23 Colt, Harbor the Gold—Time for Magic, Critter Creek Farm, Agt for Ken W. Miles. (Ron Crockett Inc.) $40,000.
Complete Results (as of 8/26/16)
Summary and Comparison (as of 8/26/16)
Note: These are the early results and subject to change.