08/19/2013 12:00PM

OBS August yearling sale looks to ride upward trend


It was a good spring in Ocala, Fla.

The three sales that comprise the 2-year-olds-in-training portion of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. calendar posted across-the-board gains in 2013. Records fell for average and median prices at the March select sale, while the spring and June auctions posted all-time highs in those areas as well as by gross. The June sale added another accolade to the list when a $525,000 Pioneerof the Nile colt became the most expensive juvenile in that sale’s history.

The sales company will look to continue that run of good fortune with the OBS August yearling sale Tuesday through Thursday.

“We’re certainly anticipating a good sale,” said Tod Wojciechowski, OBS director of sales. “It seemed like the [Fasig-Tipton Kentucky] July yearling sale kicked off the yearling sale season well, and we hope to continue down that path. We certainly had a lot of momentum coming out of our 2-year-old sales, and we hope that momentum continues.”

The sale will be divided into two portions, with a 178-horse select session on Tuesday beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern. Two open sessions will follow Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

“I think we’ve got a very nice selection for our select sale,” Wojciechowski said. “It’s a good group of horses from a number of leading sires around the United States and some good first-year sires, as well as proven stallions of runners.”

The August sale catalog experienced significant growth in 2013, expanding to 841 horses, up 12 percent from the 751 yearlings cataloged last summer.

Last August’s select session saw 132 horses sold for a total of $5,782,000, up 35 percent from 2011. The average sale price was up 17 percent to $43,803, while the median price of $35,000 rose 8 percent.

The most expensive horse at last August’s sale was a $220,000 Colonel John colt, out of the Bon Point mare Bon Caro, who was purchased by trainer Wesley Ward. The colt, later named Here’s Johnny, won his debut in a five-furlong turf maiden race at Churchill Downs on June 14.

The open portion of the sale also will look to carry on the positive momentum set by last year’s open sessions, where 405 horses sold for a total of $5,092,500, an 11 percent gain over the previous year. The average price of $12,754 climbed 12 percent, while the $9,000 median was a 13 percent improvement.

Topping the open sessions was a $110,000 Kitten’s Joy colt out of the winning Skywalker mare No Deadline. That half-brother to Grade 3-placed multiple stakes winner Cannonball sold to Al Pike, agent, for $110,000.

“We had some good success out of our open sale last year,” Wojciechowski said. “I think people saw that and recognized they can sure enough buy a nice horse in the open session.”


When: Aug. 20, 1 p.m. Eastern (select), Aug. 21-22, 10:30 a.m. (open)
Where: OBS Sales Complex, 1701 Southwest 60th Ave., Ocala, Fla. 34474
Phone: (352) 237-2154
Catalog: The select sale has 178 horses, down 5 percent from 188 last year, while the open sale cataloged 663 horses, up 18 percent from 563 last year
Recent history: The 2012 select sale posted overall positive results while selling 132 horses for $5,782,000, an average price of $43,803, and a median of $35,000. Gross increased 35 percent, average rose by 17 percent, and median was up 8 percent. Trainer Wesley Ward bought a Colonel John colt out of Bon Caro, consigned by Beth Bayer, agent, for $220,000 to top the select portion of the sale. The colt was later named Here’s Johnny. The 2012 open sale also showed positive results with 405 horses selling for $5,092,500, an average price of $12,574, and a median of $9,000. Gross increased 11 percent, average rose by 12 percent, and median increased 13 percent. Al Pike, agent, paid $110,000 for a Kitten’s Joy colt out of No Deadline from the consignment of Dapple Stud, agent, to top the two open sessions of the sale.
Internet: Live streaming at www.obssales.com