10/11/2017 9:15PM

OBS fall yearling sale produces higher average, median

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The move from August to October was seen as one with great potential for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. fall yearling sale, and the returns lived up to those expectations, with gains in average and median sale price, and a $275,000 Violence colt leading the way.

The two-day sale closed Wednesday with 406 yearlings sold for revenues of $8,120,500, marking a 6 percent decline from last year’s three-session renewal, which moved 517 horses for $8,640,100. This year’s catalog featured a 38 percent smaller catalog, so lower gross figures were to be expected.

However, smaller bulk figures did help fuel a 20 percent increase in average sale price to $20,001 from $16,712, and a 14 percent gain in median to $8,000 from $7,000.

At the top of the market, 11 horses changed hands for six figures, trailing the 13 to do so last year. The number of horses sold for $50,000 or more fell to 40 from 45.

Prominent owner John Oxley bought the sale topper, a $275,000 colt from the second crop of Violence, during Tuesday’s select session. He would later purchase the $170,000 Uncaptured filly who led Wednesday’s open session.

The dark bay or brown Violence colt became the most expensive foal sold at public auction out of the winning Pulpit mare Frank's Hope, whose first foal to race is a winner. His second dam is the Grade 1 winner Silver Maiden, putting him in the family of Grade 3 winner Dreaming of Liz and stakes winner Dreaming of Sophia.

Bred in Kentucky by Lantern Hill Farm, the colt was consigned by Kaizen Sales, as agent.

Wednesday’s open session finished with 291 yearlings sold over one day for $3,131,000, showing a growth of 2 percent over last year’s two-day open segment when 369 horses brought $3,066,800.

The average sale price rose 29 percent to $10,760 from $8,311, while the median grew 25 percent to $5,000 from $4,000.

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Leading the way on Wednesday was the first-crop Uncaptured filly who sold to Oxley. The same owner campaigned Uncaptured, a son of Lion Heart who was named Canada's Horse of the Year in 2012.

The gray or roan filly, named Catherinethegreat, is out of placed Carson City mare Classy City Lady, whose one winner from two runners is the stakes winner Katinka. She is from the family of stakes winners Pyramid Zotts and Classy Place. 

The filly was bred in Florida by Wendy Christ and Kathie Haines, and was consigned by Turtle Pond Farm, as agent. Christ bought Classy City Lady in foal to Kodiak Kowboy for $4,200 at the 2012 OBS fall mixed sale, and the filly that sold Wednesday was the first out of the mare to bring six figures at public auction.

Uncaptured, who stands at Ocala Stud, had a banner session on Wednesday, accounting for three of the day’s top four prices. He was also represented on Wednesday by a $90,000 filly that sold to Waves Bloodstock and a $60,000 colt that went to Anthony Costanzo.

Summerfield Sales was the open session’s leading consignor, with 54 horses sold for $690,200, led by the $60,000 Uncaptured colt sold to Costanzo. Oxley was the day’s top buyer based on the lone purchase of the session topper.

For complete sale results, click here.