Liam’s Map Gelding Tops Washington Summer Yearling Sale - Horse Racing News

Javier Castellano masterfully guides favorite Liam’s Map to the win despite a troubled trip in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

A handsome gray gelding by top national sire Liam’s Map topped the 92, after four outs, summer sale session yearlings at the WTBOA Sale held at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash., on  a bright and sunny Aug. 24 afternoon.

Consigned by Dr. Duane and Susan Hopp’s Castlegate Farm, trainer Sandi Gann, as agent, went to $47,000 to secure the promising runner for major British Columbia horseman Glen Todd and his North American Thoroughbred Horse Company.

Gann also bid $30,000 for a full-brother to Oregon champions O B Harbor and Calypsonoted on Todd’s behalf. The Harbor the Gold—Flying Memo colt was consigned by Bret and Julie Christopherson with Bar C Racing Stables serving as their agent.

Castlegate Farm also offered a colt by first-crop sire Girvin out of $472,534 Saratoga stakes winner Jules N Rome which was purchased by Paul and Lori Heist’s Grasshopper Racing Stable for $40,000.

Three other colts brought a price of $40,000 or more, including the second highest offering, another colt by the late Harbor the Gold out of 2015 Washington broodmare of the year Bahati. Consigned by the partnership of Pam and Neal Christopherson’s Bar C Racing Stable and Melodie Bultena and Doak Walker’s Desert Rose Racing, the full brother to a trio of Washington champions was purchased by Gerald Schneider’s Riverbend Farm for $45,000.

California trainer Andy Mathis purchased the top-selling filly for $42,000. Consigned by Griffin Place as agent for the family of the late Karl Krieg, the daughter of Atta Boy Roy is out of a winning sister to three-time Washington champion Lady Rosberg. In addition, the mare’s half-sister produced two-time Washington champion Risque’s Legacy, by Atta Boy Roy.

A trio of fillies brought the next highest bids for a yearling distaffer. El Dorado Farms consigned a daughter of Coast Guard, a half-sister to 2020 co-Washington champion 2-year-old Dutton, which was purchased by Midwest trainer Valorie Lund, who trained the other half of the 2020 juvenile championship Bodenheimer.

California trainer Ed Moger went to $30,000 to buy a filly by sprint champion Runhappy out of $417,415 stakes winner Nuffsaid Nuffsaid from the Champion Sales consignment.

Chad Christensen, Emerald Downs’ leading owner in 2019 and 2020, bid at the same level to acquire a Harbor the Gold half-sister to 2021 Santa Anita stakes winner Big City Lights. She was also consigned by Bar C Racing Stables.

Preliminary results show after 13 RNAs, 79 yearlings sold for a $1,079,000 gross (up 12.52 percent),  a $13,190 average (up 12.78 percent) and a $10,000 median (up 42.86 percent).

Oregon resident Connie Erickson offered the highest broodmare bid, taking home nine-year-old stakes-placed Grand Yodeler, bred to  Smiling Tiger, for $3,500. Grand Yodeler’s colt by Smiling Tiger topped the 2020 WTBOA Sale. The chestnut mare also hails from the Champion Sales consignment.

To view the auction’s full results, click here.

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