06/17/2015 5:52PM

OBS June: Another record-priced colt tops second session


A day after the highest-priced offering in the history of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. June 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale left the ring, another juvenile tied the record, hammering for $575,000 during Wednesday’s session.

The Into Mischief colt sold to Frank Fletcher Racing Operations and tied a Scat Daddy colt who sold to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum on Tuesday as the auction’s all-time most expensive offerings.

The colt helped drive revenues to $5,506,300 from 144 horses sold, down 3 percent from 2014’s second session, when 186 juveniles brought $5,681,400.

The average sale price rose 25 percent from $30,545 to $38,238, while the median fell 11 percent from $22,000 to $19,500. The buyback rate finished at 30 percent on Wednesday, up significantly from last year’s second-session figure of 17 percent.

The session-topping Into Mischief colt is out of the unraced Roman Ruler mare Kiss the King, who is the dam of one winner from three foals to race. The transaction made him the first six-figure auction graduate out of Kiss the King.

Bred in Kentucky by Brandywine Farm, the colt is from the family of Grade 1 winners A Kiss for Luck and Alphabet Kisses, Group 2 winners Kissin My Love and Wild Soldier, Japanese Group 3 winner Golden Cherry, and Italian Group 1-placed stakes winner As You Like.

Thoroughbred Champions Training Center consigned the colt who breezed the co-fastest time for two furlongs during the pre-sale under-tack show, covering the distance in :20 3/5 seconds. He was purchased by Jamie Mejia and Thoroughbred Champions Training Center for $11,000 at the 2014 Keeneland September yearling sale, making for a successful pinhook.

Once again, the session-topper produced the day’s leading consignor and buyer by gross. Thoroughbred Champions Training Center led the way among consignors with five horses sold for a combined $697,500, while the lone purchase of the record-setting colt put Frank Fletcher Racing Operations at the top of the list for buyers.

As the OBS June sale reached its halfway point, the auction company reported 288 horses sold for revenues of $10,684,900, down 3 percent from last year’s two-day gross of $11,040,300 from 363 sold.

The average sale price outpaced last year’s two-day figure by 22 percent, rising from $30,414 to $37,100, while the median trailed the 2014 sale by 13 percent, from $22,000 to $19,000.

A total of 22 juveniles hammered for six figures during the sale’s first two of four sessions, bettering the first half of last year’s auction by one.

The OBS June sale continues daily through Friday, June 19, with each session beginning at 10:30 a.m. Eastern.

To view hip-by-hip results from Wednesday’s session, click here.