The Carter Sales Co.’s OKC Summer Sale set records in all areas Sunday. It was the highest grossing sale with a new record sales topper and the highest average since the sale started in 2007.
Hip 10, a Tiz Wonderful colt out of the Cherokee Run mare Serena Ballerina, topped the sale at $67,000. Shawn Schabel of Independence, Kansas, purchased the Oklahoma-bred from Brewster Ranch, agent for Clark O. Brewster.
With a $48,000 price tag, the sale’s second highest seller was Hip 72, a Summer Bird colt out of the Petionville mare Nakayama Jeune.
Like the sales topper the colt went to a buyer who came south from Kansas to attend the Sunday afternoon sale. Lester Ellenz of Tipton, Kansas, purchased the Oklahoma-bred from leading consignor, Mighty Acres, for Center Hills
Mighty Acres and Centers Hills have sold the last two winners of the Iowa Stallion Stakes at the OKC Summer Sale, and they also sold the full sister to this year’s winner on Sunday.
With total sales of $487,450, the sale averaged $8,863 with a median of $5,100 and a buy back rate of 35 percent.
“We had the best crowd, the best horses and the best results in our sales history,” said Sales Manager Terri Carter.
“Our buy back rate is tribute to the incredible racing we have here with maiden special weights running for $35,700. We also have a great stakes schedule, and the sale company added a $25,000 bonus to the Clever Trevor Stakes, so some consignors chose to hold on to their horses and take a shot at that.”
Carter said the sale has always been tied to opening weekend at Remington Park, and this year it also coincided with the National HBPA Summer Convention in Oklahoma City.
“The atmosphere at the track opening weekend was just incredible,” said Carter. “Scott Wells does such a great job and it sure didn’t hurt that Bryan Hawk, who won the $175,000 Governor’s Cup Saturday night, was shopping Sunday while grinning from ear to ear.”
The average saw a 20 percent increase over last year and the gross was up 23.5 percent. The catalog had 93 horses with 85 offered on Sunday and 55 sold. The buy back rate of 35 percent was an increase over last year’s 26 percent.
Compete sales results are online at www.cartersalesco.com.