On an August summer day made hazy with smoke from many fires, a few welcome sparks were set at the WTBOA Summer Yearling Sale when Will Brewer, as agent, bid $85,000 to acquire Hip 68 from the Bar C Racing Stables Inc. consignment. A Harbor the Gold full brother to state champions Del Rio Harbor and Couldabenthewhisky, as well as 2018 three-time Emerald Downs stakes winner Sippin Fire, the handsome bay colt is out of the unraced Horse Chestnut (SAf) mare Bahati, Washington’s broodmare of the year in 2015.
Ron Crockett Inc. purchased the highest priced filly of the afternoon, going to $55,000 for Hip 82, a daughter of Girolamo out of Courtroom Charmer, by Tribunal, from the Griffin Place LLC consignment.
Hip 6, a colt by Dialed In out of Washington champion Knight Raider, another daughter of Tribunal, and from the Enumclaw-based El Dorado Farms LLC, was purchased by Tim Bankers for $57,000.
The fourth highest bid at the Tuesday auction was the $42,000 bid by Keith Swagerty for a ridgeling by Harbor the Gold consigned through Bar C Racing Stable. Hip 28 is the second foal out of the winning Henny Hughes mare Our Henny Penny, whose first foal, two-year-old Emily’s Gold, impressively won his first start, an Emerald Downs maiden special weight race two days before the sale, by 2 1/2 lengths.
Of the 100 yearlings cataloged for the summer yearling portion of the August 21 venue, there were five withdrawn and 20 which failed to make their reserves (21.1 percent), which was slightly down from the last three WTBOA sales. Both the average ($13,227) and median ($7,500) rose slightly over 2017 figures.
Top Summer Session Yearlings
Hip, Name, Sex, Sire–Dam (Consignor) . . . Buyer Price
68, unnamed, c., Harbor the Gold–Bahati (Bar C Racing Stable Inc., Agent for Bar C Racing Stables Inc. and Desert Rose Racing LLC) . . . Will Brewer, Agent $85,000
6, unnamed. c., Dialed In–Knight Raider (El Dorado Farms LLC, Agent) . . . Tim Bankers $57,000
82, unnamed, f., Girolamo–Courtroom Charmer (Griffin Place LLC, Agent) . . . Ron Crockett Inc. $55,000
28, unnamed, r., Harbor the Gold–Our Henny Penny (Bar C Racing Stables Inc., Agent) . . . Keith Swagerty $42,000
75, unnamed, c., Abraaj–Brown (Blue Ribbon Farm, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick L. Pabst) . . . Stan Mak, Agent $37,000