Numbers Rise at LQHBA Sale

Jess Louisiana Blue colt tops yearling sale at $56,000.

August 4, 2012


Breeders were better off financially following the just completed Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association Yearling Sale than they were in 2011. The two-day auction was held August 3-4 in the Sales Pavilion at the Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder.

Preliminary results showed the average price paid for a Louisiana-bred yearling this year rose to $8,904 as compared to $8,241 in 2011. The median hit $5,700 compared to $5,200 last year.

The 327 yearlings marked sold grossed $2,911,700 as compared to 319 that brought $2,692,000 last year. Of the 505 head cataloged, there were 38 outs and 138 yearlings that did not bring their reserve.

Of the top 10 selling yearlings, nine were colts and one a gelding. Im Jess Blue brought the highest price of $56,000 from Kimberly and Herman Hogue. Natalie Montgomery, D.V.M., consigned the gray Jess Louisiana Blue colt from the Mr Eye Opener mare In The Open. Im Jess Blue is a half brother to 2012 2-year-olds Surf N Turf Dude ($28,778), runner up in the Four Corners Futurity (G3), and Open Me A Corona ($14,107), a finalist in the Louisiana Breeders’ Laddie Futurity (RG2). The second dam produced El Primero Del Ano Derby (G2) winner Ocean Cartel ($186,103), stakes winner Special Ela ($49,166) and stakes-placed Mimi Cartel ($49,035).

TM Ranch purchased the second high-selling yearling, Fast Black Prize, from Weetona Stanley for $49,000. The colt by first crop sire and Restricted Grade 1 winner Jet Black Patriot is out of a Corona Cartel half sister to former world record holder and West Texas Futurity (G1) winner Fast Prize Zoom ($192,875), Harrah's Entertainment Futurity(G3)-placed Fast Prize Doll ($85,762) and Joe B. Turner Memorial Stakes-placed Fast Prize Tracy ($40,960). The second dam is Heritage Place Futurity (G1) winner Fast First Prize ($244,929), a full sister to leading sire Heza Fast Dash ($136,123).

Donald Aymond and David Bates Jr. sold the second high-seller, Jess Leaving Coronas, to Bobby Barnett for $48,000. The colt by first crop sire and Grade 2 winner Coronas Leaving You is a half brother to RG1-placed Heza Fast Perry ($112,684). He is out of a Mr Jess Perry half sister to stakes winner Silver Masquerade ($56,452) and the dam of G3 winner XO Kate ($242,302 to 5, 2012).

TM Ranch was the sale's leading buyer with six head for $135,000. Mary Thompson had four yearling purchases for $92,900, and Eric Johnson signed the ticket on three head for $89,000.

Grant Farms LLC was the sale's leading consignor with 12 head for $197,700 followed by Jumonville Farms with six for $127,500 and Donald Aymond and David Bates Jr. with four head for $90,500.

Game Patriot led all sale sires by average with 17 yearlings at $17,535, followed by Jess Louisiana Blue with 10 for $16,960 and Coronas Leaving Your with 15 for $16,713. Fast Prize Dash was the leading first crop sire with 11 head averaging $6,064.

For unofficial preliminary results to the 2012 LQHBA Yearling Sale, including hip-by-hip results, CLICK HERE.