01/24/2018 8:00PM

OBS January: Yearlings dominate cracking first day of trade

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Keen interest in newly turned yearlings carried a reinvigorated top of the market during the first day of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. winter mixed sale on Monday, with the young horses accounting for 11 of the top 13 prices, including a $200,000 Violence filly.

Monday’s session included a consignor preferred mixed portion, followed by horses of racing age offerings.

The consignor preferred section finished with 144 horses sold for revenues of $3,567,200, up 125 percent from last year’s comparable session when 91 mixed offerings brought $1,586,000. The average sale price rose 42 percent to $24,772 from $17,439, while the median increased 40 percent to $14,000 from $10,000.

At the top of the market, seven horses changed hands for a six-figure price during the consignor preferred session, with one more added in the racing-age session, after just one offering achieved that price point for the entirety of last year’s sale.

Bill Heiligbrodt's East Hickman Racing landed the day’s most expensive horse, going to $200,000 for a yearling Violence filly.

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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 transaction highlighted an active session for young sire Violence, who had four foals among the day’s top 10 overall prices. A filly out of the Distorted Humor mare Callie's Joy sold to Brookstone Farm for $120,000, a filly out of Arch mare Florida Keys who went to Three Diamonds Farm for $70,000, and First Finds bought a filly out of stakes-placed Subordination mare Point Reyes for $65,000.

Violence, whose first foals are 3-year-olds of 2018, stands at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms in Lexington, Ky.

The top broodmare of the consignor preferred session was Hard Hat, an unplaced Hard Spun mare who sold pregnant by Broken Vow to Gainesway Farm 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.

This was the fifth time Hard Hat has sold at auction. She went to prominent owner/breeder Edward P. Evans as a weanling for $85,000 at the 2009 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, and was part of Evans’ record-breaking dispersal at the 2011 Keeneland November sale as an unraced 2-year-old, where she sold to Tony Holmes and Walter Zent for $32,000. John Hicks bought her for $40,000 at the following year’s Keeneland November sale, and she sold for a fourth time to Saxony, in foal to Broken Vow, for $60,000 at the auction’s 2014 edition.

Summerfield finished the session as the day’s top consignor, with 16 horses sold for $633,000, led by the $120,000 Violence filly that sold to Brookstone Farm.

De Meric Stables, acting as agent, was the consignor preferred portion’s leading buyer, with three purchases totaling $385,000, including a $170,000 yearling More Than Ready filly.

The horses of racing age portion wrapped up the day’s activity with further across-the-board gains. Fifty horses changed hands for $816,800, making for a 25 percent increase from the previous sale, when 57 racing-age offerings brought $656,000. The average sale price rose 42 percent to $16,336 from $11,509, while the median increased 13 percent to $9,000 from $8,000.

The top price in the group came from Bring Joy, an unraced 3-year-old Twirling Candy filly who sold to Eddie Plesa, as agent, 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.

To view the full results from Monday’s consignor preferred session, click here.

To view the full results from the horses of racing age portion, click here.