A pair of yearlings by Texas sire Too Much Bling topped Monday's Texas Summer Yearling and Mixed Sale with matching $100,000 final bids. The auction was being conducted by the Texas Thoroughbred Association for the second year.
The yearling portion of the auction posted solid gains compared to last year, as 59 of 90 head sold for $681,800 with an average of $11,556 and a median of $4,500. The average rose 19% from $9,711 and the median increased 80% from $2,500. The buy-back rate this year was 34.4%, compared to 31.5% last year.
“I was very pleased with the yearling session, and this sale again proved that a Texas-bred by a Texas stallion can still bring big money,” said sales director Tim Boyce. “It was good to see the average and the median improve, and I expect to see a good number of these horses back here for our 2-year-olds in training sale this spring.”
Hip 14, a colt by Too Much Bling, was first to reach the six-figure mark Monday when selling for $100,000 to Jackson Durham. Consigned by Benchmark Training, the yearling is a full-brother to multiple stakes winner and graded stakes placed Bling on the Music, who topped the 2016 Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale at $95,000 and has now earned $153,082. His dam Soft Music (Action This Day), with this yearling then in utero, sold to breeder Danele Durham for $1,700 at the 2015 Texas October Mixed Sale.
Also selling for $100,000 was hip 62, a daughter of Too Much Bling consigned by Asmussen Horse Center and prepped by Brent Schafer. Susan Moulton made the winning bid on the filly, who is out of General Reunion (General Meeting) and is a full-sister to multiple stakes winner Nublado Bling.
The mixed session totaled $33,000 with 14 of 36 sold for an average of $2,357 and median of $1,400. Last year's mixed session, which featured a strong consignment from the closing of Lane's End Texas, brought in a total of $167,700 with 28 of 30 sold for an average of $5,989 and median of $2,700.
“The Lane's End Texas consignment gave us a big boost for the mixed session last year, and we just didn't have that same firepower this year, but overall I think it was still a good sale,” Boyce said.
The high seller from the mixed session was hip 212, Tin Top Cat (Supreme Cat), in foal to Stonesider, who sold for $11,000 to Jerry Durant from Eureka Thoroughbred Farm, agent.