04/23/2015 8:44PM

OBS April: Average rises in third session


The third session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring 2-year-olds in training sale closed on Thursday with an increased average sale price, but slight declines in gross and median figures.

A total of 164 juveniles changed hands on Thursday for revenues of $15,224,000, according to figures released by the auction company shortly after the close of trade. That total was down four percent from last year’s third session when 195 horses brought $15,854,000. The average sale price rose 14 percent from $81,303 to $92,829, while the median of $50,000 was a four percent drop from $52,000 during last year’s third session.

Keeping consistent with the first two sessions, the buyback rate saw a significant increase on Thursday, rising from 18 percent to 26 percent.

Four of the sale’s top five prices through the end of the third session came on Thursday, and the 19 horses to bring $200,000 or more outpaced the 13 to meet or exceed that price during the third day of the 2014 sale.

A pair of juveniles each brought $700,000 to lead trade on Thursday.

The first to hit the mark was a Blame colt who sold to Mike Repole. The dark bay or brown colt is out of the stakes-winning Afleet Alex mare Alexandra Rylee, who has one runner. Bred in Pennsylvania by The Elkstone Group, the colt is from the family of Grade 3 winner Whimsy.

Tony Bowling’s All In Sales, agent, was the consignor of the colt, who breezed one furlong in :10 1/5 seconds over the Ocala Training Center’s all-weather Safetrack surface during the pre-sale under-tack show. All In Sales purchased the colt for $105,000 at last year’s Keeneland September yearling sale.

Conquest Stables secured the day’s co-topper, a filly from the first crop of sire Tizway, out of the stakes-placed Souvenir Copy mare Cedar Summer. The filly is a sibling to two winners from as many foals to race out of the dam, including five-time Louisiana stakes winner Populist Politics. Her extended family includes Uruguayan Horse of the Year Forgotten, Brazilian Group 2 winner Un Belini.

Bred in Kentucky by Spendthrift Farm and consigned as agent by King’s Equine, the filly covered a furlong in :10 seconds flat. She was offered at last year’s OBS August yearling sale, but she finished under her reserve with a final bid of $240,000.

Ocala Stud finished the day as the leading consignor by gross, with 12 horses sold for a total of $1,097,000. The consignment’s standout was a colt from the first crop of sire Adios Charlie who sold to L R K, Inc. for $420,000.

Conquest Stables was the day’s leading buyer, with four purchases totaling $2,055,000, including three of the day’s five most expensive offerings.

After three days of selling, a total of 506 horses have sold for $39,258,900, down 10 percent from last year’s gross of $43,723,000 from 588 sold. The average sale price outpaced last year’s figure at the three-quarters mark by four percent, from $74,359 to $77,587, while the three-day median of $48,500 was a three percent improvement from $47,000.

The OBS spring sale concludes on Friday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Eastern.

To view the full results from day three of the OBS spring sale, click here.