Ruidoso Sale Concludes with $520K Filly, All Figures Up

$520,000 Corona Cartel daughter tops third session as yearling sale records big gains.

September 3, 2012

Carol On My Mind

Carol On My Mind, a filly by Corona Cartel, topped the third session at $520,000.

The Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale came to a successful close Sunday evening after the final session saw the sale-topper Carol On My Mind bring a bid of $520,000 from William E. Smith.

The Corona Cartel filly consigned by 6666 Ranch, agent, is out of Heritage Place Futurity (G1) winner First Carolina ($415,047), by Mr Jess Perry. Carol On My Mind is a full sister to 2011 Rainbow Juvenile (R) winner and All American Futurity (G1) finalist Denver Pass ($120,804).

A strong first session on Friday night seemed to bolster the enthusiasm of buyers attending the Ruidoso Horse Sale Company's Select Yearling Sale held August 31 through September 2. Sale receipts got stronger during all three sessions, pushing the annual sale to major across-the-board increases.

The 322 horses that were sold over the three-day auction days grossed $15,229,600, compared to $13,726,700 for 310 head sold last year for an increase of 10.9% in gross sales. The average price of $47,297 was up 6.8% from last year's average of $44,280. The median rose 4% to $26,000 compared to $25,000 last September.

In the second session (Saturday), Bobby D. Cox purchased the first foal of four-time champion and All American Futurity (G1) winner Heartswideopen ($885,283) from Julianna Hawn Holt for $500,000. The First Down Dash colt's second dam is the champion and multiple champion-producing Dash For Cash mare Dashing Phoebe ($609,553).

In Friday's opening session, Hawn Holt's Corona Cartel colt out of Sandra Task, by Special Task, commanded the top bid of $425,000 from Abigail K. Kawananakoa.

There were 31 yearlings that topped the $100,000 mark, 12 sold over $200,000, eight over $300,00, three over $400,000 and two over $500,000.

Abigail K. Kawananakoa was the leading buyer with four purchases for $1,047,000, followed by Reliance Ranches LLC with 11 yearlings for $1,000,000 and W.E. Smith with three purchases for $870,000.

Julianna Hawn Holt was the sale's leading consignor with 14 head selling for $1,933,000. 6666 Ranch, agent, sold 14 yearlings for $1,810,000, followed by Burns Ranch, agent, with 17 head for $909,000.

Corona Cartel led all sale sires through the three sessions, by average with two or more sold, with 18 yearlings averaging $177,333. All-time leading sire First Down Dash had 29 for an $86,931 average, and second-crop sire Valiant Hero had 18 head average $64,444. Foose was the leading first-crop sire with seven head averaging $26,071.

For preliminary results, including hip-by-hip figures, CLICK HERE.