08/20/2015 7:05PM

OBS August: Biondetti, Overdriven well-represented

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Barbara D. Livingston
Biondetti, a Group 1 winner in Italy as a juvenile, is represented by 21 yearlings from his first crop at OBS August.

With the yearling sale season now in full swing, the Ocala Breeders Sales Co.’s August sale will provide another opportunity for first-year sires to be showcased – particularly those in Florida’s regional market. Biondetti and Overdriven, both juvenile graded/group winners from strong female families, lead the state’s first-year sires by number of yearlings cataloged and will have the chance to make an impact in a region that values precocity, looking ahead to next spring’s busy juvenile sales and racing calendar.

Biondetti, who stands at Woodford Thoroughbreds in Reddick, Fla., for a fee of $4,000, leads all first-year sires with 21 yearlings cataloged at the three-day OBS sale, held Tuesday through Thursday. He is represented by three yearlings in the select session on the first day, including a colt out of Grade 3 winner Le Mi Geaux. Meanwhile, Overdriven, standing for $3,000 at Ocala Stud, is represented by 13 yearlings cataloged, the majority of those in the open sessions Wednesday and Thursday.

Biondetti, from the first crop of champion Bernardini, won the Group 1 Gran Criterium in Italy as a juvenile and was Group 3-placed the following year in France. Out of Group 2 winner Lyphard’s Delta, he is a half-brother to three-time champion Royal Delta and Grade 1 winners Crown Queen and Indy Five Hundred, among others. The second dam is Grade 1 winner and multiple stakes producer Proud Delta.

Overdriven won both of his starts as a 2-year-old, including the Grade 2 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga. The Tale of the Cat horse is a half-brother to multiple Grade 2 winner Smooth Air, who also was multiple Grade 1-placed.

The other Florida stallion represented for the first time at the OBS August sale is Grade 2 winner Aikenite (by Yes It’s True), who stood his first two seasons at Calumet Farm in Lexington, Ky., before moving to Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, Fla., for the 2015 breeding season to stand for $5,000.

In addition to these Florida stallions, a number of Kentucky’s notable stallions are represented for the first time in the OBS August catalog, including those who have had success early in the yearling season. The breakout success story among first-year sires at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale earlier this month was The Factor (War Front), who averaged $386,666 for six yearlings sold, led by a $750,000 colt who ranked among the sale’s top offerings. The Factor, who stands for $15,000 at Lane’s End in Versailles, Ky., is represented by only one yearling in the OBS August catalog, a filly out of the stakes-winning City Zip mare Silver Sub.

Bodemeister (Empire Maker) and Union Rags (Dixie Union) appear poised for success in the yearling market this year after proving popular in 2013 and 2014 as covering sires and sires of first-crop weanlings. Each is represented by one yearling in the OBS August catalog. Bodemeister, who stands at WinStar Farm in Versailles for $30,000, averaged $328,125 from eight yearlings sold at the Saratoga select auction, led by a $500,000 colt. Union Rags, who stands for $35,000, averaged $240,000. Union Rags stands at Lane’s End alongside The Factor, giving that farm a strong hand.

Juvenile champion Hansen (Tapit) is represented this season by yearlings from his lone U.S. crop to date; the horse began his career at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Versailles for a fee of $12,500 before being exported to stand in Korea. Hansen had fair success at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale, represented by a pair of yearlings who sold for $250,000 and $200,000. Of his five offspring cataloged at OBS August, four are in the select session.

The most highly anticipated first crop in the world this year belongs to Europe’s unbeaten two-time Horse of the Year Frankel, who launched his career at Juddmonte’s Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket, England, with a star-studded first book. His first crop will make its U.S. debut at the Keeneland September yearling sale. Meanwhile, his Group 3-winning three-quarter-brother Bullet Train (Sadler’s Wells), who is standing at Crestwood Farm in Lexington for a fee of $7,500, has a yearling at OBS August.

Maclean’s Music (Speightstown) romped in his only career start in a brilliantly fast time. The stallion, standing at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in Lexington, may be popular as Florida looks ahead to next season’s juvenile calendar. Standing for a fee of $6,500, he has eight yearlings cataloged at OBS August.