10/15/2015 8:19AM

OBS Fall: Gio Ponti colt tops racing age session, open session posts gains


The second and final day of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. fall mixed sale on Wednesday followed an up-and-down consignor select session the previous day with gains during the open mixed session and declines in the horses of racing age portion.

The horses of racing age portion closed out the proceedings with 54 horses sold for $769,100, down 42 percent from last year’s session, when 51 horses brought $1,316,500.

The average sale price fell 45 percent from $25,814 to $14,243, while the median dropped 48 percent from $11,500 to $6,000.

A 2-year-old Gio Ponti colt topped the racing age session, going to Conquest Stables for $250,000.

The dark bay or brown colt is the first foal out of the winning Dixie Union mare Groovitude, whose extended family features Australian champion Strawberry Road, Grade 2 winner Angel Gift, and Grade 3 winner Angel Gift. He was bred in Kentucky by Stonehaven Steadings.

Consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent, the colt breezed three furlongs in :33 seconds flat over the Ocala Training Center’s all-weather Safetrack surface during the pre-sale under-tack show.

Wavertree Stable topped the racing age session’s consignors by gross, with four horses sold for $289,500. Conquest Stables’ lone purchase of the session-topper was enough lead all buyers.

The open session finished with OBS reporting 151 horses sold for revenues of $806,700, up 31 percent from last year’s corresponding session when 126 horses brought $617,600.

The average sale price rose 9 percent on Wednesday from $4,902 to $5,342, while the median rose 47 percent from $2,850 to $4,200.

Angela Ingenito purchased the open session topper, stakes-winning broodmare Hangover Saturday, for $45,000.

Hangover Saturday, a 3-year-old daughter of Pomeroy, won two of eight starts during her on-track career for $106,875, highlighted by a win in last year’s Juvenile Filly Turf Stakes at Gulfstream Park West. She sold in foal to Big Drama.

Bred in Florida by John Eaton and Steve Laymon, Hangover Saturday is the first foal out of the winning Johannesburg mare Margarita Friday, and her first to race. Her extended family includes champion sprinter Housebuster, Grade 2 winners Quero Quero, Something Extra, and Nicole H. Hangover Saturday was consigned by Summerfield, agent.

Summerfield also consigned the open session’s most expensive weanling, a colt from the first crop of Soldat, who went to Other Things LLC for $22,000.

Bred in Florida by Marion Montanari, the bay colt is the second foal out of the stakes-placed Trippi mare Winsockie. His page features stakes winners Miss Running Vany, Late Expectations, Vany, Running Copelan, Running Debate, and Demagoguery.

Summerfield finished the open session as the leading consigner, with 35 horses sold for $255,400, including the session-topper.

Thamer Alkanhal was the open session’s top buyer, with 24 purchases totaling $94,200.