A strong second day at the Los Alamitos Equine Sale resulted in increases in the final sale average, yearling average and broodmare averages on Sunday. Hip #300 Take Look, a stakes winning 4-year-old mare still in training, was the $205,000 high seller and was purchased by agent Vince Genco from breeder Ed Allred. Allred also sold the top three highest selling yearlings, Hip #299 Hot Looking Guy for $200,000, Hip #200 Chance To Fire for $170,000 and Hip #87 Total Change for $87,000. Abigail Kawananakoa purchased Hot Looking Guy and Chance To Fire, while Jose Flores agent for Bobby Cox bought Total Change.
Headlined by the three six-figure horses that sold on Sunday, plus an increase of 41 percent on the number of horses that sold for $30,000 or more during the weekend, the 12th annual Los Alamitos Equine Sale finished with a sale average of $19,177, up 12 percent from last year’s sale average of $17,131. The yearling average of $18,900 was up 7.26 percent from $17,620 in 2015, while the broodmare average of $23,865 more than doubled last year’s average of $11,660.
“We enjoyed a solid sale,” said Dino Perez, the business manager of the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association. “On behalf of the entire staff of the Los Alamitos Equine Sale, I’d like to thank all the great buyers, consignors and attendees for their great support of the sale.”
The second session had a yearling average of $21,091, up 12.5 percent where compared to day two of the sale in 2015. The sale of Take A Look helped raise the broodmare average for the session to $30,167. For the entire sale, a total of 222 horses sold for $4,257,300.
Genco purchased Take A Look for owner/breeder Paulo Otavio Freire Macedo of Recife, Brazil. The owner campaigned the distaffer Solid Connection, a stakes winner and Champion of Champions finalist at Los Alamitos in 2015. Take A Look has won six and finished in the top three in 16 of 20 career starts. She won the La Pacifica Handicap last year and was second in the La Primera Del Ano Derby, Las Damas Handicap and Sprint Stakes. She also qualified to the Los Alamitos Super Derby last year and has raced in the Grade 1 Charger Bar Handicap and Grade 1 Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap this year. Sired by Separatist and out of the leading broodmare Look Her Over, Take A Look is a half-sister to two-time Grade 1 winner He Looks Hot and stakes winner Once Over.
“We might keep her in training,” Genco said. “We’ll see what happens. Right now, she’s heading back to her trainer, Jimmy Glenn Jr., and going back to the same stall that she’s used to and comfortable living in here at Los Alamitos.”
Take A Look is also a half-sister to the top selling yearling, Hot Looking Guy, a colt by Walk Thru Fire. Hot Looking Guy is a full brother to the aforementioned He Looks Hot and Once Over. Chris O’Dell, who on Saturday night saddled Kawananakoa’s Racy High Holler to victory in the $430,000 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity, signed the ticket for the $200,000 purchase. Kawananakoa also bought the Walk Thru Fire colt Chance To Fire out of the mare Elans Last. Chance To Fire is a half-brother to three time stakes winner Nymph and is from the family of champion Catchmeinyourdreams and stakes winner Sweet TR.
Consigned by Allred, Total Change is a Walk Thru Fire colt out of the Separatist mare Make Over. Total Change is a full brother to multiple graded stakes winner New Look, the winner of the Grade 2 El Primero Del Ano Derby and Grade 3 Bank of America California Challenge Championship.
Abigail Kawananakoa finished as the leading buyer with two purchases for $370,000. Allred bought eight horses for $243,000, while Alejandro Castaneda paid $220,100 for 18 horses. Allred finished as the leading consignor by gross with 43 head selling for $1,486,300. Burns Ranch was the second leading consignor with 54 head going for $1,075,500, while Lazy E Ranch, LLC, Agent had 15 head bringing $323,200. Lazy E Ranch also served as agent for four other consigners that finished in the top 20. For more info please call 714-236-1755.