A half-brother to local stakes winner Way Out West topped this year’s Silver Cup Yearling Sale, hosted by the Colorado Thoroughbred Breeders Association, fetching a bid of $18,000 at the August 5 auction.
Kent Bamford and Randy Patterson signed the ticket for Crafty Man, a son of the late Crafty Shaw out of the Labar, a stakes-winning daughter of Bianconi. The same pair purchased Way Out West last year for $24,500; the colt has since won $62,699 with wins in the Silver Cup and CTBA futurities and is entered in this weekend’s $100,000 Gold Rush Futurity at Arapahoe Park.
R.J. Winkler purchased the runner-up, a Line of David colt consigned by Al Mazetti for $15,000. The colt is out of the winning Devil His Due mare Joyous Appeal.
Richard Lueck paid $12,000 for the top-selling filly, a daughter of Grade 3 stakes winner El Roblar consigned by Fleming Thoroughbred Farm.
This year’s sale catalogued 67 horses. Of 65 that passed through the ring, 39 sold for an average of $5,096 – down from 2015 when 33 horses averaged $6,088. Median price dipped from $4,500 to $3,600, and the buy-back rate increased to 40% from 28%.
All horses in the sale are eligible for next year’s Silver Cup Futurity at Arapahoe Park.