The Texas Summer Yearling and Horses of Racing Age Sale, set for Aug. 30, at Lone Star Park, will feature a record number of entries with nearly 250 yearlings consigned to the Southwest’s most prominent auction. The sale, held jointly by the Texas Thoroughbred Association and Lone Star Park, will begin at 10 a.m. CT in the sales pavilion on the grounds of the Dallas-area track.
“This will easily be our largest sale since taking the reins from Fasig-Tipton in 2016,” said Tim Boyce, sales director. “We’ve seen solid growth over the past few years, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and now we’ve hit a milestone this year. We have several new consignors for this sale, and the sire power is stronger than I can ever remember seeing here.”
In addition to nearly 250 yearlings, there are three 2-year-olds in the sale.
“Texas racing and breeding have been on the upswing thanks to the Horse Industry Escrow Account authorized by the Texas legislature, which has helped boost purses and breeding incentives,” said Mary Ruyle, executive director of the TTA. “That, in turn, has increased interest in our sales and allowed us to develop a consignor rebate program. We are also pleased to introduce the Texas Thoroughbred Sales Derby to be run in 2023 to complement the very popular Texas Thoroughbred Sales Futurity.”
Details on the Sales Derby are still being finalized, but the race for sale graduates is expected to offer two divisions (one for fillies and one for colts and geldings) with an estimated purse of $75,000 apiece at Sam Houston Race Park. The Sales Futurity also offers two divisions with an estimated purse of $100,000 apiece at Lone Star.
The TTA and Lone Star will host a pre-sale party for consignors and buyers Aug. 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Alysheba room on the second floor of the Lone Star grandstand.
The yearling sale comes on the heels of the Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale held in April, which posted the highest gross, average, and median since the TTA and Lone Star took over both sales in 2016.
Online bidding and live online video will be offered on this sale. The catalog is available online.