The 10th annual Los Alamitos Equine Sale enjoyed a strong opening session in which the average yearling price for the day of $18,201 represented an increase of 38% in comparison to the first session of the 2013 sale. A total of 122 yearlings sold for a gross figure of $2,220,500 on Saturday. There were 36 repurchases for $545,700. The second and final session will kick off at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
Carlos Raynal purchased a colt by Corona Cartel out of the Mr Eye Opener mare A Reason To Run, for $200,000 to make him the highest seller of the opening session. Consigned by Burns Ranch, agent for Balgo Racing Team, Inc, the day’s top seller was Hip #184 named The Cartels Crown. The black colt is a half brother to La Pacifica Handicap winner and La Primera Del Ano Derby runner-up Feature Malinche and also Governor’s Cup Derby and Futurity finalist Nefertity. (Photo by Stallionesearch).
The Cartels Crown’s mother is a full sister to champion aged horse and champion aged mare Mongoose Jet Eye. A winner of the 1996 Los Alamitos Million Futurity, Corona Cartel is the sire of World Champion Blues Girl Too, All American Futurity Tellers Cartel, and Ed Burke Million Futurity winners and AQHA champions Five Bar Cartel and Carters Cartel. Corona Cartel has sired the winners of more than $45 million. The Cartels Crown is eligible to run in the Ed Burke Million Futurity, Golden State Million Futurity, Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity and the PCQHRA Breeders Series.
Also consigned by Burns Ranch, a filly named Perry Sweetheart was purchased for $175,000 by Raynal to make her second high seller of the day. Perry Sweetheart is a half-sister to 2012 World Champion One Dashing Eagle and a full sister to Golden State Million Futurity winner One Sweet Jess. Listed in the catalog as Hip #43, Perrys Sweetheart is the daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry and out of the First Down Dash mare One Sweet Dash. A sire of 119 stakes winners, Mr Jess Perry’s sons and daughters have earned over $44 million on the track. His progeny include World Champion Apollitical Jess and champions One Famous Eagle, Noconi, Matabari, Miss Racy Jess, and Fredricksburg.
One Sweet Dash won the Prescott Futurity and Phoenix Futurity, but she has made her name on the breeding shed. Golden State Million Futurity winner One Sweet Jess bankrolled $953,592 in his career, while the outstanding One Dashing Eagle is the only American Quarter Horse to have won three races with purses of over $1 million. One Dashing Eagle won the All American Futurity, Golden State Million Futurity and Ed Burke Million Futurity. His career earnings of $2,079,065 rank him fourth all-time in earnings.
Beauprez, Bradbury and Bradbury paid $75,000 for the Walk Thru Fire colt Walk West from the Burns Ranch consignment. Walk West is a half brother to 2010 Kindergarten Futurity winner West Coast Hawk and stakes winners West Coast Okie and One Fast Okie. Slippery Two, a gray colt by Walk Thru Fire out of the Separatist mare Realistically was the next high seller Ronald Skeen and Fawna Knight purchased him for $61,000. Slippery Two is full brother to Ed Burke Memorial Juvenile Stakes winner Vivid and a half brother to PCQHRA Breeders Futurity third place finisher Smithy.
Five mares sold for an average price of $4,900. Gross sales on mares was $24,500. The sale average for all 128 horses sold was $17,564 for gross sales of $2,248,200. Last year’s opening session saw 138 head sold for an average of $12,378 with a gross sale figure of $1,708,200.