Equine Sales Company will hold its 2016 2-year-olds in training sale on Tuesday, May 10, in Opelousas, Louisiana, with the breeze show set for Sunday, May 8. The company also announced that the inaugural runnings of the Sales Stakes races for 3-year-olds will be held on May 6-7, 2016, at Evangeline Downs.
“We pushed the date of the sale back a little bit in 2016 to allow more time for buyers and consignors who might also be participating in earlier sales,” said Foster Bridewell, sales director for Equine Sales Company. “We had a lot of interest in this auction last year with the addition of the Sales Stakes, and we expect that interest to continue to grow this year.”
This will mark the third juvenile auction for Equine Sales Company with the 2015 edition in April recording a seven-percent increase in gross sales compared to the first auction in 2014.
The Sales Stakes are restricted to graduates of any of the three annual Equine Sales Company auctions, starting with the auctions held in 2015, and will offer two divisions at $75,000 a piece going a route of ground. The fillies division has been set for May 6, Kentucky Oaks Day, with colts and geldings running on May 7, Kentucky Derby Day. Graduates of the 2015 Stars of Tomorrow 2-year-old sale at Evangeline will also be eligible for the 2016 races, however that auction will not be conducted in the future. Graduates of the 2016 Equine Sales Company 2-year-old sale will be eligible for the 2017 races as 3-year-olds. The races will be given official names in the near future.
Consignment forms will be mailed out shortly and will also be available at www.equinesalesofla.com.