06/18/2014 8:31PM

OBS June: Figures remain steady in second session


Wednesday’s session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. June 2-year-olds and horses of racing age sale continued the trend of posting comparable figures.

However, the 2014 renewal had just hit the halfway mark at the end of the second session, where the sale had finished at the same point last year, due to a record number of entries in this year’s sale.

A total of 174 horses sold on Wednesday for revenues of $5,523,400. That figure was down 26 percent from last year when 208 horses brought $7,487,000, but it’s important to note that new sale format meant about 50 fewer horses were cataloged to sell during the comparative second sessions.

The average sale price fell 12 percent, from $35,995 to $31,744, while the median of $22,000 was a 10 percent improvement over last year’s second session figure of $20,000.

The session topper was a Rockport Harbor filly who sold to Patrice Miller of EQB as agent for $210,000.

The gray or roan filly is out of the unplaced Meadowlake mare Cinnamon Girl, who is the dam of three winners from five foals to race including stakes-placed Livin Peace. She is from the family of Argentine Horse of the Year Lingote de Oro and his dam, the Argentine Broodmare of the Year Laika, as well as Grade 2 winner Explosive Darling and Grade 3 winner Improve It.

Bred in Kentucky by David Soblick, the filly was a $47,000 purchase at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale. She was consigned at the OBS June sale by Bobby Dodd, agent, and breezed one furlong in :10 2/5 seconds during the pre-sale under-tack show. Her sale price on Wednesday makes her the most expensive foal out of her dam Cinnamon Girl to sell at public auction.

Eddie Woods was the day’s leading consignor with nine horses sold for a combined $571,000. Dennis O’Neill was the session’s top buyer, with four purchases totaling $247,000.

After two days of selling, a total of 345 horses have changed hands at this year’s OBS June sale for a gross of $10,742,100, down 26 percent from last year’s two-day total of $14,596,700 from 439 sold.

The two-day cumulative average sale price of $31,137 was down six percent from $33,250, while the median rose 10 percent, from $20,000 to $22,000.

Three horses have sold for $200,000 or more through the first two days of this year’s OBS June sale, trailing the eight sold through the second session of the 2013 renewal.

The OBS June sale continues through Friday, June 20, beginning each day at 10:30 a.m. Eastern.