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Record Price overshadows slight overall declines in British Columbia CTHS Sale

September 21, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

CTHS British Columbia Division, Sept. 13 - The annual CTHS British Columbia Division Yearling and Mixed Sale took place Tuesday, Sept. 12, at beautiful Thunderbird Show Park in Langley and lasted well into the late summer evening. With 257 Thoroughbreds consigned and several outstanding individuals drawing most of the bidding, sales averages dipped slightly from 2005.

This year’s auction produced a record price of $120,000 when leading buyers Nick and Pauline Felicella signed for Hip#78, an unnamed British Columbia-bred colt by the Irish-bred stallion In Excess out of Ashwood Tie consigned by Ralph Bodine’s Orange Blossom Farm with Brian Leight acting as agent.

A half-brother to this year’s sale-topper also consigned by the Vancouver Island farm and purchased by the Felicellas topped the 2005 edition of the sale at $85,000.

The previous record bid for a yearling took place in 2000 when Washington bloodstock agent Claudia Canouse paid $98,000 for a filly consigned by Merv Nelson’s Winsome Ranch.

As they had in 2005, the Felicellas once again led all buyers investing a total of $245,000 on three yearlings for an average of over $81,600. The popular local owners also paid $91,000 for the second high-price, Hip#112, from agent Brian Kozak representing Bill and Susan Stewart’s Black Canyon Thoroughbreds. The well-bred yearling is a half-brother to 2005 BC Derby winner Spaghetti Mouse, a multiple stakes winner and 2005 British Columbia champion that Nick and Pauline Felicella plucked as a yearling from the 2003 sale.

Orange Blossom Farm, led by agent Brian Leight, repeated as leading consignor selling four lots for $256,000, an average of $64,000.

The 138 horses sold produced a gross of $1,589,350, compared to $1,872,000 attained a year earlier when 158 were sold. There was a slight reduction in the over-all average as anticipated ($11,517 from $11,848) due to the large increase in lots consigned.

The yearling average dropped slightly for the first time in five years. This year’s 128 yearlings sold for a total of $1,556,850, a modest decline from last year’s $1,787,000 gross for 130 yearlings. The average slipped from $13,833 in 2005 to $12,163 in 2006, still almost double the $7,039 achieved as recently as 2001 when only 88 yearlings were sold.

2006 Top Prices
$120,000, Hip#78, C, In Excess (IRE) - Ashwood Tie, consigned by Orange Blossom Farm, Brian Leight, Agent, purchased by Nick and Pauline Felicella.
$91,000, Hip#112, G, Alfaari – Desert Mouse, consigned by Brian Kozak, Agent, purchased by Nick and Pauline Felicella.
$90,000, Hip#20, C, In Excess (IRE) – Shagoof, consigned by Orange Blossom Farm, Brian Leight, Agent, purchased by Jeffrey Sengara.
$73,000, Hip#153, C, Stephen Got Even – Golden Bloomers, consigned by Battle Creek Farm, purchased by Tina Chow.
$40,000, Hip#90, C, Katahaula County – Bridled Lass, consigned by Battle Creek Farm, purchased by Tina Chow.