04/23/2012 3:14PM

OBS 2-year-old sale opens with at least four $200,000 buys


LEXINGTON, Ky. – A flurry of prices above $200,000 early in the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s opening 2-year-old session Monday hinted at continuing strength in the upper middle market.

The session in Ocala, Fla., was the first of four days’s selling at the OBS spring juvenile auction. By 3 p.m. Monday, the sale was still underway and four horses had brought $200,000 or more, including the $400,000 session-leading Medaglia d’Oro filly.

That filly, a bay daughter of the Capote stakes-winner Bashful Charmer, sold to Southland Stables. Niall Brennan, agent, consigned the half-sister to stakes winner Saturday’s Child and to the stakes producers Wednesday’s Child and Unbridled Charmer. The filly had breezed a quarter-mile in 21 seconds at the auction’s under-tack preview.

The top colt in early selling was a $285,000 Harlan’s Holiday colt that sold to Virginia-based agent Debbie Easter on behalf of Jon and Sarah Kelly. The dark bay or brown colt is out of the unraced Indian Charlie mare West Indian and is a half-brother to stakes winner Golden Dreamer and to stakes-placed Western Flyer.

Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree sales agency consigned the Harlan’s Holiday colt, who sold as Hip No. 50 in the catalog.

Also bringing $200,000 or more by that point was Hip No. 92, a $220,000 daughter of first-crop sire Street Boss out of Airizon. Tommy Hutton’s Dream Stable purchased the filly from Brennan. Hip No. 105, an Unbridled’s Song colt out of 2005 Pennsylvania Oaks winner Amazing Buy, by High Yield, brought $210,000. Bloom Racing Stable bought him from Crupi’s New Castle Farm, agent.

The OBS April sale was to continue through Thursday with sessions starting daily at 10:30 a.m. All sessions take place at the OBS sale complex in Ocala, Fla.