The record sale of the HBA selection settles in Japan

Two hundred and sixty-three Japanese-bred yearlings sold for a gross amount of ¥5,338,300,000 (US$40,060,472) during the two sales sessions of the HBA breeding sale, held in Shizunai on the island of Hokkaido, July 26-27.

The largest catalog seen in the last ten years and the number of yearlings through the sales ring achieved a 30.1% increase over 2021. Gross sales posted a 32.9% increase over to twelve months ago, setting a new record for the sale of HBA selection. An average price of ¥20,297,719 ($152,321) showed an increase of 2.1% over 2021 and an improved clearance rate from 86.3% for 2021 to 87.4% for this year. The average price and clearance rate are new records for the pick sale, while a median price of ¥15,950,000 ($119,694) was down 9.3% from 2021.

A bidding war ignited when a gorgeous son of bricks and mortar , introduced as Hip 204 by Fujiwara Farm, entered the sales ring. He is the second foal of the 2017 Oka Sho Japanese One Thousand Guineas (G1) winner. Queen Minoru. Minoru Yoshioka bought the colt for ¥72,600,000 ($530,177), the highest price at the sale.

The first crop of Bricks and Mortar proved popular in the Japanese market with another colt by the 2019 American Horse of the Year out of the King Kamehameha Smash Heart mare. Consigned as Hip 169 of the Sakai Bokujo consignment, Susumu Fujita signed the ticket on the colt for ¥66,000,000 ($481,979) to be the fourth-highest price in the sale.

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