08/22/2013 7:20PM

OBS August yearling sale: Open segment wraps well ahead of previous year

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Thursday’s third and final session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. August yearling sale ensured that the auction’s open portion continued momentum from its select session held on Tuesday and closed well ahead of last year's final figures.

Over the two days of the open section, a total of 503 horses were sold for receipts of $8,418,200, an increase of 65 percent over the $5,092,500 generated from 405 yearlings sold in 2012. The average sale price during the open sessions rose 33 percent from $12,574 to $16,736, while the median of $13,000 was a 53 percent spike over last year’s figure of $8,500. The buyback percentage was 15 percent;  it was 20 percent in 2012.

The leading consignor by gross for the open sessions was Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield, with 55 horses sold for a total of $1,208,500.

The consignment was led in the open portion by the most expensive horse of the final session, a Midshipman colt who is the first foal out of the Ghostzapper mare Ghostly Fast. Bred in Florida by Rick Sutherland, the colt is from the family of Grade 2 winner With a Wink and was secured by Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds for $70,000.

Nick de Meric, as agent, was the leading buyer during the open portion, with five purchases totaling $272,000

Thursday’s closing session featured 236 horses sold for $3,797,600, up 74 percent from last year’s third-session total of $2,176,900 from 194 sold. The average price rose 43 percent from $11,221 to $16,092, while the median increased 47 percent from $8,000 to $11,750.

The two-day open portion followed a successful one-day select session on Tuesday, where a total of 143 horses sold for $7,705,000, up 33 percent from last year’s revenues. The average sale price of $53,881 was a 23 percent increase, while the median rose 20 percent to $42,000.

The select session was topped by a pair of $250,000 colts from Summerfield’s consignment. Nick de Meric signed the ticket as agent on a Concord Point colt out of the winning Tomorrows Cat mare Better Than Swiss, while Zayat Stables purchased a Scat Daddy colt out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Great Venue.

Combining select and open results, OBS reported 646 yearlings sold for $16,123,200, a 48 percent increase over the combined results from last year, when 537 yearlings sold for $10,874,500. The combined average for 2013 of $24,959 rose 23 percent compared with last year's average of $20,250.

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Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. August yearling sale: final open session results

Year Sold Gross Average Median
2013 503 (+24%) $8,418,200 (+65%) $16,736 (+33%) $13,000 (+53%)
2012 405 $5,092,500 $12,574 $8,500

Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. August yearling sale: combined results, select and open sessions

Year Sold Gross Average
2013 646 (+20%) $16,123,200 (+48%) $24,959 (+23%)
2012 537 $10,874,500 $20,250