06/16/2009 11:00PM

$150K Holy Bull colt tops OBS sale


LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June 2-year-old and racing-age sale ended Wednesday with a second day of declines and a $150,000 Holy Bull colt as the most expensive horse at the two-day auction.

The Ocala, Fla., sale followed the general trend of declines at juvenile auctions. OBS sold 286 juveniles for $4,741,300, down 39 percent from last year's total for 352 horses. The 2-year-old average of $16,578 was 24 percent lower than last year's figure of $21,934.


The auction also sold 15 older racing-age horses this season, the same number as at last year's sale. But the total in 2009 was $58,900, compared to $144,000 last year. The average price in 2009 was $3,937, down from $9,600 in 2008.

The two auction sessions saw six horses break the $100,000 barrier, including Tuesday's opening-day session-topper, a $130,000 Maria's Mon-Merit Wings filly that Ciaran Dunne, agent, sold to Shim Racing.

Frank Fletcher Racing Operations bought the $150,000 sale-topper, Hip No. 366, which sold Wednesday afternoon. Currently named Holy Creator, the colt is a chestnut son of stakes-winner Creativity, by Notebook. Steven Venosa's SGV Thoroughbred agency consigned the colt, who worked a quarter-mile in 22.40 seconds at the under-tack show.

Hip No. 366 is a half-brother to 2009 stakes-placed runner Donna D.

Fletcher also purchased another high-priced seller: Hip No. 481, a Chapel Royal-Honour Marianne colt that Crupi's New Castle Farm, agent, sold for $110,000.

Hip No. 492, a Yes It's True colt out of stakes-winner Impolite, sold for $140,000 to Garland Rice III. Eisaman Equine, agent, was the consignor. The gray or roan colt had put up a 21-second quarter-mile work.

Wednesday's other six-figure horse was Hip No. 347, a $115,000 Closing Argument filly out of the West by West mare Chelsea Rose. Offered by Ciaran Dunne's Wavertree Stables, agent, she sold to Richard Ravin. Hip No. 347 had the under-tack show's fastest quarter-mile work, covering the distance in 20.80 seconds.

On Tuesday, Hip No. 260, a Fusaichi Pegasus-Wandel filly brought $122,000 from Christina Jelm, acting as agent for Eamon Cleary. Harris Training Center, agent, was the consignor.

Pre-purchase exam guidelines issued

The American Association of Equine Practitioners issued guidelines Wednesday for pre-purchase veterinary exams at public auctions. The group's Public Auction Task Force formulated the guidelines "to promote ethical practices during the sales process, particularly at Thoroughbred auctions," according to the AAEP.

The guidelines deal mostly with radiographs, or X-rays, and are written with buyers and sellers, as well as veterinarians, in mind. One recommendation, for example, is that buyers retain a veterinarian to read a sale horse's X-rays on their own behalf, rather than relying solely on reports submitted by the seller's veterinarian.

"A sophisticated buyer will hire a veterinarian to independently evaluate radiographs on his or her behalf and give advice based on that buyer's unique needs and risk tolerance," task force chairman Dr. Stuart Brown said. "Using radiographic reports generated by the seller's own veterinarian does not ensure complete transparency and increases the potential for 'buyer's remorse' after the sale takes place."

The task force also noted that veterinarians should avoid performing endoscopic exams or taking and interpreting X-rays on sale horses in which they have an ownership interest. And it labeled "modification or alteration of radiographic reports by a veterinarian or anyone involved with the sales process" as "unethical and fraudulent."

The complete guidelines are available at the AAEP's website at .

The task force members are Brown, Dr. Jeff Berk, Dr. Jim Morehead, Dr. Eric Peterson, Dr. Scott Pierce, Dr. Craig Van Balen, Dr. Bob Bloomer, and Dr. Scott Hay.

The task force did not consider other sales integrity issues, such as use of medications in sale horses, but the AAEP said that it is continuing to evaluate that and other integrity issues.

Proud Accolade euthanized at 7

Grade 1 winner and freshman sire Proud Accolade was euthanized Tuesday due to what Bridlewood Farm manager George Isaacs termed a deteriorating neurological condition.

The 7-year-old Yes It's True horse had just had his first winner on June 6 when the 2-year-old Mr. Green won a Calder maiden race by more than four lengths.

"He began to show some mild signs of neurological problems in recent weeks, but his condition deteriorated rapidly early Tuesday morning to the point that we were left with no other alternative," Isaacs said.

Marion Montanari bred Proud Accolade in Florida. Campaigned by Satish Sanan and his family's Padua Stables, Proud Accolade won the Champagne Stakes in 2004 and Hutcheson Stakes in 2005. He was out of the Septieme Ciel mare Proud Ciel.

Padua initially stood Proud Accolade at its Florida farm, then moved him to Bridlewood near Ocala, Fla., in 2008. He stood for $4,000 this year.