The Texas Thoroughbred Association, in concert with Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, has hip numbered 85 juveniles for the upcoming Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age Sale. The sale will be held, as always, in the Texas Thoroughbred Sales Pavilion at Lone Star Park on Monday, April 4, at noon. The under tack show will be held on Saturday, April 2 and will begin at 11:00 a.m. on the main track. A horses of racing age session will follow the 2-year-olds with a supplement of those horses available closer to the sale date.
Having been the leader in the Southwest for nearly two decades, this year the sale finds itself opening the race meet at the Grand Prairie track for the first time. Stakes runners such as Code Warrior, Cash Bonus, Fleet Glory, Saritta, Meme Jo, Snappy Girl, Adrianne G and Oh Baby Oh Baby have trumpeted the sale’s power from Texas to California in the past year.
“We have a lot of solid pedigrees this year, top to bottom,” stated Sales Director Tim Boyce. “What we may lack in overall numbers we have gotten back in quality.”
Included in the catalogue are horses by sires such as Afleet Alex, Awesome Again, Broken Vow, Haynesville, Henny Hughes, Scat Daddy and The Factor, as well as regional leaders like Early Flyer, Euroears, Grasshopper, Intimidator, Mr. Nightlinger, My Golden Song, Special Rate, Too Much Bling, Yankee Gentleman and Valid Expectations.
“Some of the younger sires are going to be exciting as well this year,” Boyce said. “Horsemen are liking freshmen sires Tapizar and Gemologist and locally, Redding Collier.”
All horses that pass through the ring are eligible for the Texas Thoroughbred Futurity, which was formerly known as the TTA Sales Futurity but will be run with changes to the eligibility requirements this year. The race will be run this summer at Lone Star Park with divisions for fillies and colts/geldings with an estimated purse of $100,000 apiece.
“We are especially pleased to once again conduct this sale at Lone Star Park as a service to our members,” said Mary Ruyle, executive director of the TTA.
The online catalogue, along with information about the Texas Thoroughbred Futurity, can be accessed at texasthoroughbred.com/tta-races. The catalogue is also available on the equineline.com app, and paper catalogues can be ordered by calling 512-458-6133 or 972-523-0332.