Buckley's Griffin Place filly earns top price in summer sale | Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners

Top selling filly in 2014 WTBOA summer sale - Courtesy photo
Top selling filly in 2014 WTBOA summer sale
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The Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association Summer Yearling session was topped by a trio sired by the late California leading sire Tribal Rule.

A filly consigned by Mary Lou and Terry Griffin’s Buckley-based Griffin Place LLC topped the sale for $57,000. Washingtonian and now successful Southern California trainer Mark Glatt purchased the striking bay, whose stakes-placed dam is out of a half-sister to Grade 1 winner and Grade 1 producer Rings a Chime.

Todd and Shawn Hansen, who own and operate the well-proven Scatter Creek Training Center in Tenino, paid $52,000 for their Tribal Rule filly, a daughter of stakes producer Cielo Dulce who was bred and raised by Stormy Hull and Ginger Samples’ Critter Creek Farm in Sequim. It’s been a good week for Hull, as the accomplished horseman watched with pride as Jim and Mona Hour’s champion Stryker Phd mowed down his rivals in the Longacres Mile (G3) on the previous Sunday. Hull had given “Stryker”  - a 2010 WTBOA sale graduate – all his early racehorse lessons at his training center.

The first foal out of Washington champion Zenovit, a colt, also sired by Tribal Rule – one of the great Storm Cat’s many top-siring sons – was bred and raised in Enumclaw by Nina and Ron Hagen at their El Dorado Farms LLC. The colt was purchased by Gary Hughes, of Yakima, for $51,000.

Also bringing $51,000 was the Flatter—Bluffing colt from the Griffin Place consignment, which was purchased by Jody Peetz, of Issaquah.

Overall the 48th annual yearling session drew moderate gains in median price ($10,500), up 10.5 percent, and gross ($1,297,000), up seven percent and saw mild gains in number sold (81), up 3.8 percent, and average ($16,012), up three percent. Buybacks (RNA - reserve not attained) dropped from 22.8 percent in 2013 to 18.2 percent in 2014 and there were seven outs (6.6 percent) versus 13 (11.4 percent) in 2013.

The topper among the eight horses of racing age offered, all from the Karen and Mickey Taylor LLC consignment, with El Dorado Farms as agent, was the $4,200 bid by Karen Kirshner, of Everett, for recent Emerald Downs winner Cheeky Stone, a three-year-old daughter of Grindstone.

Eighteen broodmares also went through the ring, with the seven-year-old Yes It’s True mare Jenjor (bred to Nationhood) and her striking colt from the first crop of Grade 2 winner Atta Boy Roy selling as a three-in-one package to Greg Tracy of Hamilton, Montana, for $6,500. The mare and foal were offered by Blue Ribbon Farm as agent for Patricia J. Murphy of La Center.

Top Selling Yearlings

Hip      Name, Sex, Sire-Dam   (Consignor)   Buyer/Price

102      unnamed, f., Tribal Rule—Bella Campana (Griffin Place LLC)…Mark Glatt $57,000

5       Nine Point Nine, f., Tribal Rule—Cielo Dulce (Critter Creek Farm [S. Hull/G. Samples])

…Todd & Shawn Hansen $52,000

92        unnamed, c., Tribal Rule—Zenovit (El Dorado Farms LLC [N. & R. Hagen]) …Gary Hughes


103      unnamed, c., Flatter—Bluffing (Griffin Place LLC)…Jody Peetz $51,000

11      unnamed, c., Dixie Chatter—Dark Diva (Griffin Place LLC, Agent)… Ron Crockett Inc.      $50,000

98       unnamed, f., Harbor the Gold—Bahati (Bar C Racing Stables, Agent for Bar C Racing

Stable & Desert Rose Racing LLC)…Glen Todd $45,000

18       unnamed, c., Harbor the Gold—Felice the Cat (Bar C Racing Stables LLC)…REV Racing

LLC $40,000

106      unnamed , f., Posse—Brown (Blue Ribbon Farm [M/M F.L. Pabst])…Ron Crockett Inc.




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