10/16/2013 5:33PM

OBS fall mixed session posts gains in gross and average

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The Ocala Breeders Sales’ Co. fall mixed sale closed on Wednesday with an open session that saw largely positive results after a much-improved consignor-selected session on Tuesday.

A total of 153 horses were sold during the open session for returns of $1,482,100, an increase of 22 percent over the $1,212,500 from 164 sold in 2012. The average sale price of $9,687 was a 31 percent improvement from last year’s figure of $7,393, while the median experienced a dip of two percent, from $5,100 to $5,000. The buyback rate of 18 percent at the open session improved from 21 percent last year.

A pair of horses earned the highest price of the day on Wednesday, with a broodmare and a weanling each drawing $70,000.

Because I Like It, a 5-year-old stakes-placed Lion Heart mare, went to Coteau Grove Farm to lead the open session’s broodmares. Selling in foal to High Cotton after producing her first foal by the same sire earlier this year, Because I Like It won one of six races during her on-track career and finished second in the J J’s Dream Stakes at Calder Race Course for earnings of $56,503.

Because I Like It is out of the stakes-winning Lost Code mare Code Blum, a producer of six winners from seven foals to race, who is a half-sister to champion Left Bank as well as stakes winners Marsheslew and Flag on the Play. She is also from the family of Grade 1 winner Lucifer’s Stone. Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield was the consignor, as agent, on Because I Like It, who was bred in Florida by Sabine Stable.

Christine Hosier, as agent, purchased the session-topping weanling, a filly from the first crop of Grade 2 winner Wilburn. Consigned by Beth Bayer, agent, the filly is the first foal out of the winning Speightstown mare Milliondollarbill.

Milliondollarbill, a track record-setter at Santa Anita, is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Brooke’s Halo, and is also from the family of Grade 1-placed stakes winner Distinctiv Passion. Randy Hartley and Dean De Renzo bred the weanling filly in Kentucky.

Summerfield was the open session’s leading consignor, with 37 horses sold for total revenues of $307,900, led by the day’s high-priced broodmare, Because I Like It.

Hosier and Coteau Grove Farm, the buyers of the day’s most expensive yearling and broodmare respectively, tied as the session’s leading buyers, each with one purchase for $70,000.

The OBS Fall mixed sale closed with 271 horses sold over two sessions for combined revenues of $4,148,100, which marked a 40 percent increase after 287 sold for $2,953,400 over the entirety of last year’s fall mixed sale. The overall two-day average rose 49 percent, from $10,291 to $15,307.

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