08/25/2015 9:54PM

OBS August: Arch filly tops even select session


The opening select session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. August yearling sale closed with a late flurry of top prices on Tuesday to help bring returns close to last year’s kickoff day of selling.

The auction company reported 142 horses sold on Tuesday evening for revenues of $6,524,000, down 17 percent from last year’s select session gross of $7,830,700 from 170 yearlings sold.

While bulk figures were down, the average sale price fell just 0.3 percent from $46,063 to $45,944, while the select session’s median remained the same at $35,000. The buyback rate finished at 26 percent down five percentage points from last year’s select buyback rate of 31 percent.

The top of the market saw three horses change hands for $200,000 or more, bettering the lone horse to do so at last year’s entire sale. Eleven horses sold for six figures on Tuesday, which trailed the 17 to meet or eclipse that mark in last year’s select session, but fewer horses were offered in 2015.

The three most expensive offerings of the session came in the final 30 hips, led by an Arch filly who sold as the fifth-to-last horse through the ring to Marc Keller for $320,000.

Bred in Florida by Whitehall Lane Farm, the filly is the first foal out of the Grade 3-placed stakes-winning Proud Citizen mare Citizen Advocate. Her third dam is the Deputy Minister mare Sunset Service, whose daughters include stakes winner Vespers, dam of Grade 1 winner Hymn Book; stakes winner Database, dam of Grade 1 winner Data Link and stakes-placed Wiki; and the unraced Vesper Cat, dam of Grade 3 winner Strike the Bell.

The filly was consigned by Beth Bayer, as agent.

A pair of colts from the first crop of sire Gemologist were the next two most expensive offerings, going through the ring four hips apart from each other.

Gary Broad purchased a colt out of the Grand Slam mare Bailzee for $280,000, while Zayat Stables secured one out of the Yes It’s True mare April True for $240,000. Both colts were consigned by Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield, agent.

Summerfield finished the select session as the leading consignor, with 17 yearlings sold for a combined $1,157,500, including three of the day’s top four offerings.

De Meric Stables, as agent, was the top buyer of the day, with six purchases totaling $592,000. Leading the group was a $150,000 Scat Daddy filly out of the stakes-placed Lemon Drop Kid mare Bridge and Tunnel.

The OBS August yearling continues with open sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, beginning each day at 11 a.m. Eastern.