ITOBA Fall Mixed Sale Posts Positive Results, Texas Red Yearling Tops Sale

Photo by Rachel VanMatre Photography

The ITOBA Fall Mixed Sale was held Saturday, October 31, and posted positive results despite the impact of COVID-19 forcing the sale to relocate from its traditional location at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino to nearby Smith Training Stables in Fountaintown, Indiana.

A total of 69 horses went through the ring, with 66 selling for a total of $263,400 and an average of $3,991.

The highest price was for hip 68, an Indiana-bred yearling gelding by Texas Red out of the stakes-placed River Special mare Color Me Special. Consigned by Dawn Martin, the April foal sold for $18,200 to Roger Spiess.

“While COVID-19 threatened the sale, so many people came together to make it a success,” said ITOBA President Bruce Murphy. “A big thank you goes to all the consignors and buyers for making this sale possible, as well as to Duane Swingley Auctioneers and everyone at ITOBA who put in so much work to make it happen. And a huge thanks also go to Randy and Debbie Smith of Smith Training Stables for serving as tremendous hosts. We are excited to see the young sale graduates in the starting gates at Indiana Grand in the coming years, and we look forward to seeing the broodmare graduates produce some great Indiana-breds in the future.

“The fact that we only had three horses that didn’t meet their reserve shows that there was strong demand for horses and breeding stock to participate in the Indiana program,” he added.

Complete sale results are available at