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Full brother to Check Him Out is $485,000 sale topper at Los Alamitos Equine Sale

October 9, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Hennessey colt is $485,000 sale topper
(photo by Los Alamitos Racecourse)
Los Alamitos Race Course, Cypress, CA (Oct. 8, 2006) - Ed Allred purchased a full brother to leading freshman stallion Check Him Out for a sale-topping price of $485,000 on the final session of the two-day Los Alamitos Equine Sale on Sunday, October 8.

Sired by leading Thoroughbred stallion Hennessy and out of the First Down Dash mare Check Her Twice, the sorrel colt, named Masters Call, was consigned by Roger Daly, agent for D. Wayne Lukas & Zory Kuzyk. Hennessy is the sire 2001 Eclipse winner Johannesburg, while Check Her Twice won the 1992 Golden State Futurity and California Sires' Cup Futurity and was second in the 1993 All American Derby.

Check Him Out, a multiple Grade 1 stakes winner of $418,528, is the sire of Governor's Cup Futurity winner Checknbac, Ruidoso Futurity winner Saint Shackleton and two-time Grade 1 futurity runner-up Check This Runner.

Masters Call, a February sorrel colt, is the most expensive Quarter Horse yearling purchased at a public auction in California 2001. A group headed by Kim Kessinger, who campaigned 2002 Co-World Champion Whosleavingwho, was the underbidder on Masters Call at $475,000.

Masters Call was just one of the highlights of the 2nd annual Los Alamitos Equine Sale, which is a joint venture between Allred and Frank "Scoop" Vessels and is managed by the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association. A total of 13 horses sold for $100,000 or higher, while the sale average for yearlings of $23,974 represented an increase of 20 percent from figures posted in 2005. The median price for yearlings of $9,250 was up 2.77 percent from last year.

The second-highest seller was the First Down Dash colt Catchmeonthebackside, a half-brother to three-time champion aged gelding Catchmeinyourdreams. Glenn Collins of College Station, Texas, who was accompanied by his wife Kathleen, signed the $300,000 ticket for Catchmeonthebackside.

Collins, a former economics professor at Texas A & M, has been busy buying yearlings at different auctions this year. While Catchmeonthebackside represented his only purchase at the Los Alamitos Equine Sale, Collins said he has purchased three Corona Cartels, two Mr Jess Perrys, a Separatist colt, a Holland Ease filly, a Chicks A Blazin filly and a Royal Shake Em filly at other sales this year.

"We came here to buy a good First Down Dash colt and we believe
Catchmeonthebackside is the best," Collins said.

First Icy Morn, a colt by First Down Dash out of the Thoroughbred mare Icy Morn, was the third-highest seller at $210,000. Purchased by the partnership of Smith, Cozby, Weston, Allred and Vessels, First Icy Morn is a full-brother to Ed Burke Million Futurity finalist First Down Morn.

"We wanted to leave here with this horse," said Billy Smith, who is part of the partnership that campaigns Ed Burke Million Futurity winner FDD Dynasty. "I'd rather spend a lot of one horse than a little bit on a lot of different horses."

Jerry Cozby of Horseshoe Bay, Texas has been involved in Quarter Horse racing for over 40 years.

"I've campaigned horses at Los Alamitos before but I've never really had a good one run here," Cozby said. "I'm hoping (First Icy Morn) is the one. He is classy and I like his mother Icy Morn a lot. She was a great runner and very good dam, and of course I love his sire First Down Dash."

Cozby, Smith and Vessels also purchased the third highest seller at the Los Alamitos Equine Sale last year when buying No Mas Corona for $160,000.

Vessels repurchased No Longer A Secret, the half-brother to All American Futurity winner No Secrets Here, for $120,000.

"He has small chips and that held him back," Vessels said. "I'll pull them out and we'll put a group together to campaign him next year, just like we did with FDD Dynasty.

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A total of 262 yearlings were sold for a gross of $6,281,100, 39.75 percent higher than the gross of $4,494,400 for the 225 yearlings sold last year. Of the 315 yearlings offered only 53 were repurchased this year. In contrast, there were 55 repurchases from the 280 yearlings offered in 2005.

"This was an outstanding sale," Vessels said. "We attracted many new people from all over the country and that was great to see. Some of the top breeders in the country were here, people like Allred, Burns Ranch, Spencer Childers, John Andreini, Double Bar S Ranch, Lazy E Ranch and many more. We also want to thank all of the consignors for doing a great job getting the horses ready and we especially want to thank our Hispanic friends for attending the sale.

"Our broodmares struggled a lit bit but we're going to stay at it. I think the people that ended up purchasing broodmares will find that they got great value for their money," Vessels added. "I know that sometimes it's difficult for people that are looking at yearlings to think about buying broodmares, but it does make sense to take a closer look at them because there are some outstanding values there."

Seventy-two mares were purchased for $675,100 for an average price of $9,376. The figure was 1.47% lower than last year's mare average of $9,516. Eleven mixed-breed horses and horses of racing age sold for a combined $175,600 for an average price of $15,964 and an increase of 28 percent.

Total figures show that 345 head were sold for a gross figure of $7,131,800, up 31.83 percent. Including repurchases, the grand total of gross sales was $8,532,900, 18.79 percent higher than last year.