Record Yearling Sale

TOBA Yearling Sale churns $143 million, top single price $5.1 million, two 'You're The Owner' promotion horses purchased


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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“This is the best sale we have had in many years. I can tell you that based on preliminary figures the sale brought in just over $143 million,” revealed Howard Hamilton, president of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA), organisers of the event.

Asked why he believed the sale held last Sunday (November 11) reached such lofty heights when only 114 lots were on offer, Hamilton responded: “As far as I am concerned, the main reason for the upsurge was the number of lucrative incentives, introduced by Robert Dabdoub, we had in place for buyers including cash and the chance to own your own horse which is an initiative from the promoting company, Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL).

While 114 lots were listed, only 103 made it into the ring as 11 lots were withdrawn.

The top money spinner was lot number 45, a chestnut filly by Blue Pepsi Lodge Rumble. The filly is part of the Bigdaddykool family as the second dam is Beware Baby the mother of Bigdaddykool. The filly was purchased by trainer Anthony Nunes and intrestingly another offspring of Beware Baby, Supreme Soul by Soul Warrior races tomorrow.

“When we rated out our yearlings for the sale, we thought that there were two top-class ones that stood out from all the rest.

“We didn't get the first one that we went after and so obviously we had money in our pockets and we decided that this was the one and we weren't going to leave her alone,” Nunes said.

The SVREL bought Lot 43, a chestnut colt by Bern Identity - All In for $800,000 and Lot 107, a bay filly by Performing Magic - Regency, for $1.1 million for their “You're The Owner” promotion.

The first raffle for Lot 107 will be conducted on Boxing Day and Lot 43 on 1000 Guineas Day next year.

“The quaility of the horses were exceptional. We had horses sold for $5m, $4.5m , 4m and it is really dramatic in terms of change and I must say thanks to the Trinidadians who really helped us in terms of paying top dollars for the horses,” Hamilton ended.

Other lots fetching good prices were:

LOT #44 – a chestnut filly by Nuclear Wayne Commandra Affair was listed as being sold for $5.0 million. The filly is a full sister to 1000 Guineas winner Nuclear Affair.

LOT #36 – a chestnut filly by new stallion Sensational Slam Bubbling Angeline was taken for $4.4 million in the sales ring. This is Bubbling Angeline's first registered foal.

LOT #38 – a chestnut filly by Blue Pepsi Lodge - Herroyalhighness sold for $4.5 million. Herroyalhighness is the dam of Lightning McQueen.

LOT #27 – a bay colt by Casual TrickSarah Barracuda sold for $4 million. Sarah Barracuda is also the dam of Sarah Lee.

LOT #72 – a bay filly by Adore The GoldLipstick Lady sold for $3.3 million. Lipstick Lady is the dam of a yet unraced two-year-old by Soul Warrior.

LOT #2 - a bay colt by Natural Selection - Just A Flutter sold for $4.4 million. Just A Flutter is the dam of Lottery Ticket, Stir It Up, Sink The Bismarck and Yaya's Dream.

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