The first of the two sessions of the Indiana Premier Yearling Sale was held Thursday afternoon in Indianapolis. A total of 155 yearlings were sold for an average price of $10,284, down 20.8 percent from last year's opening session average of $12,978 when only 129 yearlings were sold.
The second crop of pacing sire Always A Virgin, and the established trotting sires Jailhouse Jesse and Here Comes Herbie had the most sought-after offspring. The top price in the opening session was the $37,000 bid for a Here Comes Herbie colt out of Andover Babe. Consigned by Black Creek Farm, the colt was purchased by Burke Racing Stable LLC. Last year at Harrisburg a filly by Muscle Mass out of Andover Babe was sold for $18,000.
Burke Racing also bought a Jailhouse Jesse colt out of Centergy for $26,000.
An Always A Virgin colt out of Tyber Song led the pacers in the opening session, with a bid of $35,000 from Pay-Maq Racing, Anthony Lombardi and Erv Miller. Victory Hill Farm consigned the colt. Last year a Western Ideal colt out of Tyber Song sold at the Lexington Selected Sale for $16,000.
Always A Virgin and Here Comes Herbie each had two yearlings bring prices of $30,000 or more in the opening session, while pacing sire Total Truth and trotting sire Swan For All each had one yearling fall in that range.
The second session of the Indiana Premier Sale is Friday. Click here for results.