A colt by Midshipman topped the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association’s Summer Yearling and Mixed sale when bringing a final bid of $120,000 Tuesday at Emerald Downs. The dark bay (hip 80), bred by William and Mary Lou Griffin and consigned by the couple’s Griffin Place LLC, is out of stakes-placed Impeached (Northern Afleet). Washington residents Todd and Shawn Hansen of Tenino purchased the sale-topping yearling, as well the auction’s second highest-priced lot, a colt by Grazen purchased for $87,000 who was also consigned by Griffin Place.
In all, 72 yearlings grossed $1,239,200. The average was $17,211–a 24.97% increase from 2018–and the median was $9,250, an increase of 15.63% from a year ago. In 2018, 71 yearlings sold for $977,800. The average was $13,772 and the median was $8,000.