A yearling filly by Lotsa Mischief was sold for $17,500 to top the Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders Association Fall Mixed Sale held Nov. 19 at the Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre in Queen Creek, Ariz.
The sale topper (Hip 50), bought by Randy Howg from her Arizona breeder, Fleming Thoroughbred Farm, was produced from the winning Officer mare Miss Lieutenant, whose additional produce include black-type-placed Tactical Rocket, restricted stakes winner Lieutenant Margie, and stakes-placed Bonita Boss. The filly's third dam, the stakes winner and graded-placed Bishop's Delight, produced stakes winner Tactical Delight and is granddam of Canadian champion Delightful Mary and grade 2 winner Delightful Kiss.
A son of leading sire Into Mischief , Lotsa Mischief won the 2014 Turf Paradise Derby and is the fourth-leading Arizona sire of 2020 with progeny earnings of $163,771. The 9-year-old, whose first foals are 3-year-olds of 2020, stands at Fleming Thoroughbred Farm in Willcox, Ariz., for a private fee.
Howg also purchased the second-highest priced horse of the sale that was also bred in Arizona and consigned by Fleming, going to $17,000 for a Ministers Wild Cat colt (Hip 33). The colt was produced from multiple stakes winner Cave Springs, who was Arizona's champion 3-year-old filly and is the dam of state champions Myrcella and Arizona Sun, as well as stakes winner Heber.
A 20-year-old stakes-winning son of Deputy Minister, Ministers Wild Cat stands at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in Santa Ynez, Calif., where his 2020 fee was $4,000. Among the leading sires in California, Ministers Wild Cat's progeny have earned more than $21.9 million.
The sale grossed $223,200 for 47 horses sold, for an average price of $4,749, and a $3,000 median. The 21 head that went unsold represented an RNA rate of 30.9%. Last year, 68 horses were sold from 119 offered, averaging $4,945 on total receipts of $336,250, with a $2,850 median and 42.9% RNA rate.
Fleming Thoroughbred Farm was leading consignor, with 28 sold for $155,550—69.7% of the sale's total gross. Second-leading consignor was Few Acre Farm, with 18 head totaling $64,650.
Howg was leading buyer, with four purchased for $58,000.