Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale Recap

Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale Recap

Several records were shattered during the three-day sale, which concluded Sunday.

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Several records were broken during the three-day Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, which ended Sunday at Ruidoso Downs.

The sale-topper, First Texas Flash, sold for $800,000 on Friday, the first day of the sale, marking the highest price ever paid for a Quarter Horse yearling at public auction. The colt by 2009 champion aged stallion First Moonflash was consigned by Julianna Hawn Holt and purchased by the West Texas Racing Partnership.

First Texas Flash is out of champion Stylish Jess BR, a multiple graded stakes winning daughter of Feature Mr Jess, and he is a full brother to champion Flash And Roll.

First Texas Flash's sale price topped the previous auction yearling record of $700,000 paid for Corona Caliente at the 2001 Vessels/Schvaneveldt Sale in California.

A total of 359 of the 401 yearlings offered were sold for a record $23,812,000 marking a 40-percent increase over the 2019 sale, when 343 yearlings grossed $17,044,200. This year's average price of $66,329 was also a record and marked a 33-percent increase over the 2019 average of $49,692.

"Best sale ever; I'm still in shock," said Ruidoso Horse Sale general manager Lowell Neumayer. "I can't thank enough the many new buyers and our consignors who brought such a strong set of yearlings."

There were 63 yearlings who topped the $100,000 mark, 19 over $200,000, six over $300,000 and four over $400,000 and the record breaker sold for $800,000.

The highest seller during Sunday's closing session was the $450,000 colt, hip 351 Jess Muchaco Corona. The horse was consigned by Turner Farms and sold to Adan Cantu. Sired by American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame sire Corona Cartel, he is out of All American Futurity runner-up Jess Send Me, and is a full brother to stakes winner Jess Send It.

The night's second-highest seller was hip 358, AJs Little Champ (Apollitical Jess-Little Surfer by First Down Dash), who was consigned by Lazy E Ranch LLC, agent for McColee Land & Livestock LLC, and purchased by Gallegos, Abelardo & LOS LLC for $290,000. 

The third highest seller was $240,000 for hip 428 Flying Eagle Deluxe, who was consigned by Grant Farms LLC and sold to La Feliz Montana Ranch LLC. 

For hip-by-hip prices, visit StallionESearch's sale page. 

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