RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (September 1, 2018) — A Sweet Jess topped the first session of the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale at $300,000 on Friday night at Ruidoso Downs.
The first night of the sale was off 2.6-percent from a flawed 2017 sale. Last year, there was a power outage that interrupted and delayed the proceedings. When compared to the 2016 sale’s first night, the 2018 offering was up 31.5 percent.
The average price per horse (sold) was $37,953.
A Sweet Jess, a son of Apollitical Jess and One Sweet Dash, was consigned by Roger Daly, agent for Allred Brothers Ranch, LLC. He was purchased by Don Cavenaugh. He also purchased the sixth high-seller Three Fancy Socks, a daughter of Pyc Paint Your Wagon, for $90,000.
One Sweet Dash, a stakes winning daughter of First Down Dash, is the dam of world champion and All American Futurity winner One Dashing Eagle, an earner of $2,079,065, along with Grade 1 winner and $953,592 earner One Sweet Jess.
Two other consignments brought more than $200,000.
Mr Ricks brought $240,000 on a bid from Reliance Ranches, LLC. The son of Mr Jess Perry was consigned by Lazy E Ranch, agent for McColee Land and Livestock, LLC. The colt is out of stakes winner and stakes-winning producer Aquafina. She is a sister to world champion and Champion of Champions winner Wave Carver in addition to two-time champion and Champion of Champions winner Ocean Runaway.
Jess Different, who brought $220,000, is from the same female family. The Mr Jess Perry-sired colt was also consigned by Lazy E Ranch, agent for McColee Land and Livestock, LLC. The colt was purchased by Dillon Lane.
The colt is out of the stakes-winning First Down Dash mare Little Surfer, another sister to Wave Carver and Ocean Runaway.
The second dam of Mr Ricks and Jess Different is broodmare of the year Runaway Wave. She has produced eight champions or stakes winners.
The sale resumes on Saturday in the sale pavilion after racing concludes at Ruidoso Downs. The third and final session is on Sunday night after the racing program.