More than 60 Thoroughbred yearlings by leading regional and national sires are catalogued in the annual Silver Cup Yearling Sale to be held at Arapahoe Park, near Aurora, Colorado, on Saturday, Aug. 9, beginning at 6 p.m. (MDT).
Represented stallions include Kentucky stalwarts Big Brown, Include, Mizzen Mast, Stephen Got Even, Successful Appeal, Tiz Wonderful and US Ranger. Colorado leaders Grand Minstrel and Oliver’s Twist are among regional sires that also include Oklahoma’s Mr. Nightlinger, Notional, Toccet and Western Expression, as well as Arizona sires Barricade and Margie’s Wildcat.
All horses that pass through the ring are eligible for the 2015 Silver Cup Futurity to be run at Arapahoe Park. Last year’s futurities, with separate divisions for fillies and for colts and geldings, offered a combined purse of just under $75,000.
Graduates of previous Silver Cup sales include Grade 3-placed Tenango ($355,154, multiple stakes placed at Aqueduct and Belmont), Get Happy Mister ($238,762, winner of the Northern Spur at Oaklawn and Gold Rush Futurity at Arapahoe), Wally Van ($254,006, winner of the Ruidoso and Colorado Derbies), and stakes winners Folsum ($156,640), Danzip ($148,984) and Sweet Dixie Van ($114,747).
In 2013, yearlings sold averaged $9,632 (up 64%) and median price doubled to $6,000. Topping that sale at $42,000 was a son of Pleasantly Perfect and half-brother to Get Happy Mister. A half-brother to Kentucky Derby finalist Falling Sky sold for $25,000.
Colorado Thoroughbred Breeders Association sponsors the annual sale. Catalogs are available on the CTBA website at www.COTBA.com. For more information, call 303-294-0260.