<P>30 SEPTEMBER 2013 Q-RACING JOURNAL A ALWAYS THE VANGUARD OF THE SALE SEASON, THIS years Texas Quarter Horse Association Yearling Sale predicted good things to come. The sale, July 26-27 at the Exposition Hall at The Freeman in San Antonio, saw a double-digit gain in the sale average over last year. The average was up 12 percent from $9,084 to $10,326. The median shifted down 2 percent to $5,400 as compared to $5,500 last year. Total gross sales were $2,168,500, which was down from the previous year, but expected due to a smaller number of horses offered. There were 292 horses cataloged, down 21 percent from last year. The buy-back rate remained steady at 28 percent. Were very pleased with the sale, said TQHA Executive Director Val Clark on Saturday evening. Not only was the average encouraging but the overall feel and energy was good. The sale topper was Sixes Down, consigned by Jerry Windham and purchased by Tacho Cavazos Jr., agent, for $76,000. The bay colt, sold as hip No. 249, is by Streakin Sixes out of the First Down Dash mare First Down Sixes. Sixes Down is a full brother to Grade 1 winner Sixes Streak ($219,366). Sire Streakin Sixes is a 17-year-old son of Streakin Six out of the champion Beduino (TB) mare Indigo Illusion. Bred by Windham and now owned by Devis Portela de Melo Ficho of Brazil, the stakes- placed runner from 10 crops has sired the earners of more than $4.6 million, including champion Miss Kips Streakin and 15 other stakes winners. Dam First Down Sixes was a stakes-placed runner during her racing career as well, with a second-place run in the 2005 Ford Central Challenge (G3) and retiring with earnings of $24,957. A half sister to stakes winners Secret Battleground (by Brimmerton, $35,487) and Secret Courage (by Captain Courage, $150,877), she has produced two winners from four starters. Sixes Streak is her most accomplished foal, having won the 2011 Dash For Cash Futurity (G1) and being a finalist in the Texas Classic Futurity (G1) with earnings of $219,366. The second-highest seller was a yet-unnamed colt by Tempting Dash and out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Passem Up Perry, purchased for $75,000. He was purchased by Jim and Pam Williams and consigned by Granada Farms, agent. The colt is from the second crop of sire Tempting Dash, a champion son of First Down Dash out of the Chicks Beduino mare A Tempting Chick. He was undefeated in four career starts, including the trials and finals of the 2009 Grade 1 Dash For Cash and Texas Classic futurities. He retired with earnings of $673,970 and was the sports champion 2-year-old colt. Passem Up Perry is an unraced daughter of Mr Jess Perry out of the Dash For Cash mare Southern Knockout. She is a half sister to Ruidoso Derby (G2) winner and All American Futurity (G1) finalist Southern Cash Man (by Heza Fast Man, $157,590). Joe M. Flores was the sales leading buyer, with five purchases totaling $85,700. Bobby Cox led the sales consignors, with 15 head selling for $368,400. Streakin Sixes led sires by average, with two head for an average of $43,250. All American Futurity (G1) winner Mr Piloto was the leading first crop sale sire, with six head that averaged $8,817. Andrea Caudill is editor of the Q-Racing Journal. To comment, write to acaudill@aqha.org. Texas yearling sale is up, but Sixes Down tops the sale. 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