Texas Racing Notes From Mrs. Tittle

Letters from Mrs. Jill Tittle

Wed, 25 Oct 1995

Hi Al,
I have quite a bit for you tonight, despite the fact I wrote a few days ago.
SALES TALK: Here are some of the stats on the recent breeding stock sale. For the total sale (including racing age and stallions) 80.9% of the animals offered were sold, up from 70.6% last year. The 1995 gross was $698,550, up 61% from last year. The 1995 sales average was $3234, up 34.6% from last year's ave of $2402. The broodmare and weanling session alone did well. 81.2% sold compared to 73.0% in '94. The ave sales price was up 39.2% from last year, with gross sales up 59.7%. I still have not gotten a list of each hip price, but I did manage to get the first 60 while I was there. From those first 60, I have my "sleeper of the sale/mare" and "sleeper of the sale/weanling".My weanling sleeper is a Fast Gold colt out of a stakes placed Naskra mare. This mare's first baby to run has won $65,900. Under the second dam, is a multiple graded stakes winner of over $540,000. I'm not sure if the weanling actually sold, but he was only bid up to $600. My mare "sleeper" was an older mare ('77 model), who although from Arg, won a number of graded stakes there to the tune of nearly 300,000,000 pesos before coming to NA to win$36,000. She is the granddam of a stakes winner of over $150,000 and counting. Almost all her babies have run, and all have won. She is in foal to Chromite on relatively early cover. She sold for $1000. The Chromite baby alone would bring a decent profit.

On the breeding front, I talked to Ken Quirk, owner of Summer's Mill farm, tonight. Today two stallions from Prestonwood farm in KY were loaded and started the trip to SM. Danzatore and To Freedom both look like quite nice horses and should help our breeding programs. In addition, Ken said that next week three stallions (from NY, I think) will arrive. I don't have the full info on them yet, but I know one is a son of Mr. Prospector, one a son of Devil's Bag, and one a son of Fappiano. Roger and I have planned a trip down there to take a look at the new arrivals. Ken mentioed that Salt Dome's progeny are doing well overseas. Salt Dome stood in Ireland until last year. I like this news, as we have a SD colt running in our pastures!

I hope all this finds you doing well. I hope I'm not keeping you TOO busy. I just love this....
Til later, Jill

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