Courtesy of Bloodhorse.com Auburn, WA (August 18, 2020) – For the second time in the past four years, a colt by Smiling Tiger topped the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association’s annual summer sale, which was held Aug. 18 at the WTBOA sales pavilion located at Emerald Downs in Auburn.
The sale topper, Hip 57, was purchased for $70,000 by Brian Koriner, agent for Samantha Siegel’s Jay Em Ess Stable, from the Critter Creek Farm consignment as agent for PT Syndicate #1. The chestnut colt is the second foal out of the stakes-placed Swiss Yodeler mare Grand Yodeler, who earned $172,010.
The 2017 sale topper by Smiling Tiger, Baja Sur, was named Washington’s Horse of the Year in 2019. Smiling Tiger, a multiple grade 1 winner and a 2008 WTBOA sale graduate, stands at Harris Farms in Coalinga, Calif. Of the three other Smiling Tiger yearlings consigned to this year’s sale, two brought prices of $30,000 and $25,000, and the other was a $39,000 RNA.