04/22/2015 7:09PM

OBS April: Record-breaking Tapit filly leads second session


A fairly quiet opening to the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring 2-year-olds in training sale was quickly left in the dust during Wednesday’s second session, highlighted by a Tapit filly who sold for $1.9 million to become the most expensive offering in the auction company’s history.

The second of four sessions of the OBS spring sale finished with 152 horses reported sold by that evening for a combined $13,266,700, down 16 percent from last year’s second-session gross of $15,916,500. However, the average sale price rose 14 percent from $76,891 to $87,281, while the median price of $50,000 was an 11 percent improvement from $45,000 in 2014.

The buyback rate finished at 29 percent, up from 14 percent during last year’s second session, and continuing the upward trend in horses hammering under their reserves set on Tuesday.

The top six prices of the sale through its halfway point came during Wednesday’s session, all $300,000 or higher, which tied the number of offerings to equal or better that mark in last year’s second day of selling.

Purchased by Solis/Litt, agent, the filly surpassed the previous OBS record of $1.8 million set by Garifine, a Belong to Me colt who sold to Buzz Chace, agent, at the 2006 March sale, and Pacific, a Smart Strike colt secured by Stonestreet Stables at the 2013 March sale.

The transaction made the filly the most expensive horse sold at a North American 2-year-olds in training auction since 2010, when Stonestreet Stables went to $2.3 million to secure Brock, a son of Distorted Humor, at the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale.

The new sale-topper was also the first seven-figure offering in the history of the OBS spring sale, and usurped the Distorted Humor colt Woodford Gale, who sold to Darley’s bloodstock adviser John Ferguson for $975,000 in 2004, as the sale’s most expensive graduate.

Bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, the filly is out of the unraced Silver Deputy mare Silver Wolf, who has two placed foals from as many runners. Silver Wolf is half sister to Grade 1 winner and sire Corinthian, as well as Grade 2 winner Desert Hero and stakes producer Crew Leader.

The filly was consigned by Woodford Thoroughbreds, agent, and breezed one furlong in :10 1/5 seconds over the Ocala Training Center’s all-weather Safetrack surface. She sold to Dennis Farkas for $335,000 at last year’s Keeneland September yearling sale.

Woodford Thoroughbreds finished the session as the leading consignor by gross with three horses sold for $1,972,000. The session-topper also propelled the day’s leading buyer, Solis/Litt, with two purchases totaling $2,140,000.

As the OBS spring sale reached its halfway point, a total of 326 horses had been reported sold for $23,448,900, trailing last year’s two-day gross by 16 percent, when 393 horses brought $27,869,000.

The cumulative average finished at $71,929, up one percent from $70,913, while the two-day median of $50,000 was an 11 percent improvement over the same point last year.

The OBS spring sale continues through Friday, April 24, with sessions beginning each day at 10:30 Eastern.

To view the full results from Wednesday’s session, click here.