Buyers proved the market is strong for high-quality breeding stock at Session III of the Western Bloodstock Preferred Breeders Sale in Fort Worth, Texas. Held Dec. 9 in conjunction with the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, the session offered a diverse group of 180 weanlings, yearlings, broodmares and stallions, with sale topper Sly Playgirl selling for a cool $800,000.
Sly Playgirl, who sold with an embryo by Smooth As A Cat, was consigned by Rocking L Cutting Horses LLC, of Lipan, Texas. The 2007 Slate River Ranch-bred mare went through the sale ring as Hip No. 5145 and was purchased by Gary Rosenbach’s Rose Valley Ranch, of Weatherford, Texas.
In her performance career, Sly Playgirl garnered checks totaling more than $343,000. The 2012 Breeder’s Invitational Classic Open and Special 5 Open Champion performed successfully with trainer Jaime Snider, who piloted her to the 2013 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open Reserve Championship.
Sly Playgirl was also shown by Luis De Armas in the Non-Pro to nearly $75,000 of her total lifetime earnings. The duo won the 2012 Breeder’s Invitational Classic/Challenge Limited Non-Pro, and finished second in the Breeder’s Invitational Classic/Challenge Non-Pro and NCHA Summer Spectacular Classic/Challenge Limited Non-Pro that same year.
Sly Playgirl is by That Sly Cat and out of Taquitas Playgirl (Freckles Playboy x Peppy Taquita x Peppy San Badger). Her oldest foal is a 3-year-old Dual Rey filly, registered as Sly Reygirl, who was shown by De Armas in the Open and Non-Pro at this year’s NCHA Futurity, where she advanced to the second round of the Non-Pro with a first go 216.5 but did not qualify for the semifinals.
Prior to her sale in Fort Worth, five of Sly Playgirl’s offspring passed through the sale ring. Sly Smart Girl, a 2014 mare by Dual Smart Rey, was a pass out at the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale Session I when she brought a final bid of $25,000. The momentum picked up the following day, when the hammer fell at $172,000 for 2-year-old Rey Luis, a full brother to Sly Smart Girl, who was the second-highest seller of the day.
Three of the Sly Playgirl foals that sold were yearlings. A full sister to the mare’s sale 2-year-olds, Whip Then Nae Nae, brought a final bid of $100,000 during the Select Yearling Sale & Gala. Papito Mi Rey (by Dual Rey) sold for $40,000 during Session II of the Preferred Breeders Sale, and Sly Brow Girl (by High Brow CD) went for $30,000 the morning before her dam sold.
Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Sire Spots Hot, consigned by Sunrise Ranch, was the sale’s second-highest seller when Rocking P Ranch paid $550,000 for the 2001 Chula Dual stallion, who was bred by Jody Galyean. The bidding was preceded by an emotional statement from Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Rider Wes Galyean, who credited Spots Hot with making his career, and a round of applause from the crowd.
Spots Hot, who is out of the great Shorty Lena mare Sweet Shorty Lena ($114,276), dominated during his show career, in which he amassed more than a half-million dollars. Among his many accolades with Galyean are the 2004 NCHA Futurity Open Championship, and 2006 NCHA Super Stakes Classic and Summer Spectacular Classic/Challenge Non-Pro Reserve championships.
The No. 1 performer on Spots Hot’s sire record is $301,000-plus earner Hottish (out of Stylish Play Lena x Docs Stylish Oak), a 2008 stallion who was runner-up in the tight 2012 NCHA Open Horse of the Year race. Other money-earners with more than $100,000 each to their credit include Tattoos On This Town ($196,974); Harley ($186,821); Some Like It Hott ($183,223); Hes A Hot Cat ($174,792); High Classed Hottie ($158,980); Sticky Spot ($109,020); and Spots On My Tummy ($107,968).
A total of 21 Spots Hot offspring were catalogued during the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales in Fort Worth, including the Preferred Breeders Sale Session II’s third-highest seller, Spots Super Hot (out of Highbrow Supercat x High Brow Cat). The yearling filly sold for $70,000.
A final bid of $285,000 from Logan Alley resulted in the third-highest sale of the day, Hip No. 5080, Third Cutting, from consignors Carl and Shawnea Smith, of Jacksboro, Texas. The 2005 stallion (Boonlight Dancer x Crab Grass x Smart Little Lena) was bred by Polo Ranch, of Marietta, Oklahoma.
Western Bloodstock owner Jeremy Barwick and the auctioneers referred to Third Cutting, whose Equi-Stat sire record reflects more than $1 million, as a “freak of nature.” The stallion took cutting by storm early in his career, finishing in the top 10 at the 2008 NCHA Futurity, and winning the 2009 NCHA Super Stakes and Summer Spectacular Derby Open with Boyd Rice. He went on to amass $545,146.
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