08/26/2014 6:34PM

OBS August: Select session takes a step back

Louise Reinagel
A colt from Big Drama's first crop brought a $230,000 bid from George Bolton to lead Tuesday's select session at the OBS August yearling sale.

The opening select session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. August yearling sale cleared more horses than last year’s renewal, but otherwise saw across-the-board declines.

A total of 161 yearlings were sold on Tuesday for revenues of $7,597,200, marking a 1 percent decrease compared with the select session in 2013, when 143 horses brought $7,705,000. The average sale price dropped 12 percent, from $53,881 to $47,188, while the median fell 17 percent, from $42,000 to $35,000.

The buyback rate finished at 31 percent on Tuesday, up significantly from last year’s select session RNA rate of 13 percent.

At the top of the market, 17 yearlings brought $100,000 or more, an improvement over last year, when 12 horses sold for six figures. However, three horses eclipsed $200,000 in 2013, while one broke that threshold on Tuesday.

That session-topping colt, from the first crop of sire Big Drama, was purchased by George Bolton for $230,000.

The chestnut colt is out of the stakes-winning Out of Place mare Doc’s Doll, who is the dam of four winners from six foals to race, including stakes winner Gator Brew and stakes-placed Montessa G. The colt’s sale price makes him the most expensive foal out of Doc’s Doll to sell at public auction, and the first one to bring six figures.

Bred in Florida by Dr. and Mrs. James Gamble, the colt is from the family of Grade 3 winner and Grade 1-placed Sweet Whiskey, stakes winners Heidi Maria and El Gaucho, and stakes-placed Five Sixteen. He was consigned by Beth Bayer, as agent.

Summerfield Sales was the session’s leading consignor, with 22 horses sold for a combined $1,423,500. The Florida-based consignment of Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck was the only consignor to place three yearlings in the top ten by sale price.

Summerfield’s roster for the select session was led by the session’s co-second-highest-priced offering, a Broken Vow colt out of the Grade 3-placed Lion Heart mare Cameron Crazies, who sold to Nick de Meric, as agent, for $185,000. That colt is a half-brother to recent Grade 3 winner Prudhoe Bay.

John Vazquez, agent for John Patitucci, went to $185,000 to secure a son of Horse of the Year Curlin from the consignment of Beth Bayer, agent. The bay colt is out of the unplaced Awesome Again mare Awesome Fleet, who is a half-sister to champion, dual classic winner, and sire Afleet Alex.

De Meric was the most active buyer of the day by gross, with six purchases totaling $547,000.

The OBS August sale continues through Thursday with a pair of open sessions, beginning each day at 10:30 a.m. Eastern.

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Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. August yearling sale, select session results:

Year Sold Gross Average Median Buyback
2014 161 (+13) $7,597,200 (-1%) $47,188 (-12%) $35,000 (-17%) 31%
2013 143 $7,705,000 $53,881 $42,000 13%