WTBOA Summer Yearling And Mixed Sale Looking To Build On Past Successes - Horse Racing News

This year’s 53rd annual WTBOA Summer Yearling and Mixed Sale will be held Tuesday, Aug. 24, at the WTBOA Sales Pavilion located at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash. 

The sale will begin at 2:00 p.m. PT with the chance to bid on a trip for two to the 2021 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, to be held at Del Mar on Nov. 5 and 6. Monies raised will benefit the many charitable industry programs sponsored by the Washington Thoroughbred Foundation.

WTBOA Sales statistics compare very favorably with larger Thoroughbred sales across the nation. In the 2021 Summer Sales Guide published by BloodHorse Marketwatch (2016-18 sales), WTBOA Sale graduate statistics show: 53% have earned more than their auction price, 14% stakes horses, 6.4% stakes winners, 28% 2-year-old winners and 13% earners of $50,000-$150,000.

Among the 98 yearlings cataloged are sons and daughters of proven sires Liam’s Map, Stay Thirsty, Smiling Tiger, Cross Traffic, Stormy Atlantic. Cairo Prince, Dialed In, Grazen and Palace Malice.

Among the local stalwarts represented are Atta Boy Roy, Coast Guard, the late Abraaj – in his final crop – and the next-to-last full crop of regional powerhouse Harbor the Gold.

In addition, first crop stallions or freshman sires with yearlings include American Freedom, Cloud Computing, Collected, Danzing Candy, Flintshire (GB), Girvin, Gold Rush Dancer, Lord Nelson, Prospect Park and Ransom the Moon.

In this the second year of abbreviated race schedules, WTBOA Sales graduates have already placed in 27 stakes races. Last year, six of the seven year-end Washington champions, including horse of the year and Keeneland stakes winner Bodenheimer, were products of the WTBOA Sales program.

And the sales updates keep rolling in. Both Jaded Tiger and Ima Happy Cat, who have siblings in the sale, have added to their stakes tallies since the catalog went to press. In addition, first-time stakes winners Big City Lights, Bold Arch, Ms Lynn and Dolce Isa and stakes-placed juvenile Smiling Salsa will all help to increase interest in their yearling siblings. 

WTBOA-sold maiden special weight winners have appeared this spring and summer at Santa Anita, Prairie Meadows. Golden Gate Fields, Pleasanton, and of course Emerald Downs. Among those notable debuts are juveniles Cobra Jet, who won his first outing by 6 3/4 lengths and then added a 13 1/2-length trouncing in the King County Express Stakes in his second; A View From Above, won first start by seven; Slack Tide, who broke her maiden by three lengths in the Angie C. Stakes; and Check the Gear, who just a week ago won his first start by 11 1/4 lengths in a quick :57.58.

For more information or to request a sales catalog, please call (253) 288-7878 or e-mail [email protected]. The catalog pages, including the three supplemental pages not in the bound copy, will be updated weekly (both female lines and sires) by The Jockey Club Information Systems and are available for viewing on the WTBOA website at washingtonthoroughbred.com/sales/. You can also sign-up for the sales catalog iPad app at Equineline.com.

Photos and videos of many of the yearlings are also available on the WTBOA website.

Online bidders will need to register and apply for online bidding credit via the WTBOA website or at wtboa.equibid.com. Internet bidders are strongly encouraged to pre-register for the sale no later than 48 hours prior to sale time.

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