A newly turned 2-year-old filly by Declaration of War topped Tuesday's California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association January Mixed Sale at the Hinds Pavilion in Fairplex when selling for $60,000 to O.J. Jauregui as agent for Highland Yard. Consigned by Adrian Gonzalez's Checkmate Thoroughbreds, the dark bay is out of Lemarchos (Lemon Drop Kid), a half-sister to Grade I winner Celestine (Scat Daddy). She sold for $9,000 at last year's Keeneland January sale and was acquired by Jose Zulaica's Valle Las Palmas for $5,500 at last year's Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
In all, 121 horses sold during Tuesday's auction for a total of $885,400. The average was $7,317 and the median was $3,000. There were 60 horses withdrawn from the sale and of the 208 to go through the ring, 87 failed to meet their reserves for a buy-back rate of 41.8%.
During the 2019 January Mixed Sale, 81 horses sold for $589,300 for an average of $7,275 and a median of $4,000.