01/25/2018 7:31PM

OBS January: Strong returns continue in open session

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A bustling renewal of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. winter mixed sale came to a close on Thursday with an open session that continued the trend of across-the-board gains started on Wednesday, led by a $150,000 yearling Malibu Moon filly, and helped clinch massive improvements over the 2017 edition.

Combined gross receipts for the auction’s consignor preferred, horses of racing age, and open sessions over the two-day sale totaled $6,104,600 from 407 horses sold. That was a remarkable 108 percent increase from last year’s OBS winter mixed sale, when 326 horses sold for $2,937,700.

The average sale price rose 66 percent to $14,999 from $9,011, while the median increased 38 percent to $6,000 from $4,350.

Nine horses changed hands for a six-figure sale price, bettering the one to do so in 2017. Of that group, eight were newly turned yearlings. The number of transactions at $50,000 or more grew to 31 from 10.

Bill Heiligbrodt's East Hickman Racing bought the sale-topper during Wednesday’s consignor preferred session, going to $200,000 for a yearling Violence filly.

The dark bay or brown filly is out of the stakes-winning Lion Heart mare Carphonic, whose first foal to race is the winner Sauce on the Side, also by Violence. The page also features Grade 2 winner Chieftan's Command and Grade 2-placed runners Secretly and Bham.

Bred in Florida by Maharg Management Inc., and consigned by Gem Racing, the filly became the most expensive auction graduate out of Carphonic. Sauce on the Side previously held the title when she sold for $95,000 at the 2015 OBS August yearling sale.

The auction’s most expensive broodmare was Hard Hat, an unplaced Hard Spun mare who sold pregnant by Broken Vow to Gainesway Farm on Wednesday for $62,000.

The 9-year-old mare’s first runner, the Harlan’s Holiday filly Honey Jade, has won 3 of 8 starts in Japan. Hard Hat is herself out of the stakes-placed Fappiano mare Bright Feather, whose seven winners from nine runners include Grade 1 winner Albert the Great, stakes winners Antrim County, Watch the Bird, and Sheer Bliss, and Grade 2-placed Crimson Hero.

The extended family features Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Rushing Fall, Grade 1 winner Trumpet’s Blare, Grade 2 winner James Street, Grade 3 winner Passing Vice, Dynamic Impact, and Ask Me No Secrets.

Hard Hat was bred Kentucky by Overbrook Farm, and she was consigned on Monday by Summerfield, as agent.

The horses of racing age portion was led by Bring Joy, an unraced 3-year-old Twirling Candy filly who sold to Eddie Plesa, as agent, on Wednesday for $110,000.

The dark bay or brown filly is out of the unraced Boston Harbor mare Wet, whose five winners from six runners includes stakes winner Courtside and stakes-placed Young Joe. Stakes-winners Splashing Wave, Ocean Symphony, and Moving Waters are in the extended family.

Bring Joy breezed three furlongs in 32 4/5 seconds during the pre-sale under-tack show over the Ocala Training Center’s all-weather Safetrack surface.

CRK Stables bred Bring Joy in Kentucky, and she was consigned by Eisaman Equine, as agent. Eisaman Equine bought the filly for $100,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield operation finished the sale as the leading consignor by gross, with 70 horses sold for a combined $1,429,100. The consignment’s most expensive offering was a yearling Malibu Moon filly who sold to Patrice Miller of EQB, as agent, for $150,000 to top Thursday’s open session.

De Meric Stables, agent, was the auction’s leading buyer, with three purchases totaling $385,000. The biggest purchase was a yearling More Than Ready filly for $170,000.

Thursday’s open session finished with 202 horses sold for $1,630,900, growing 134 percent from last year’s comparable day of trade when 178 offerings brought $695,700. The average sale price spiked 107 percent to $8,074 from $3,908, and the median rose 75 percent to $3,500 from $2,000.

Yearlings once again dominated trade, led by the Malibu Moon filly sold to Miller, as agent for $150,000 to tie for the auction’s third-highest overall price.

The bay filly is out of the Grade 2-winning Put It Back mare Yara, whose one winner from two runners is the multiple stakes-placed Heavy Roller, also by Malibu Moon. Bred in Kentucky by Spendthrift Farm, the filly is from the family of Grade 1 winners Healthy Addiction and My Sweet Addiction.

Thursday’s transaction made the filly the second most expensive auction graduate out of Yara to sell at public auction, behind the Into Mischief filly In Jail, who brought $175,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Summerfield consigned the filly, as agent.

The open session’s breeding stock population was led by Velvet Glove, a Tale of the Cat filly who sold as a broodmare prospect to Athens Wood for $32,000.

The 3-year-old filly went unplaced in one start on Jan. 14 for owner Stonestreet Stables and trainer Brendan Walsh. She was a $150,000 purchase by the Stonestreet operation at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale.

Bred in Kentucky by the partnership of James McDonald, Reiley McDonald, and Paul Schwartz, Velvet Glove is out of the Grade 3-winning Boundary mare Lady Belsara, who is the dam of three winners from five runners. The page features Grade 3 winners Duluth and Real Courage, as well as Grade 1-placed Car Gal.

Summerfield consigned the filly as agent for Stonestreet, and finished as the open session’s leading consignor with 44 horses sold for $658,200.

Miller was the open session’s top buyer with the lone purchase of the session-topper.

To view the full results from Thursday’s session, click here