06/19/2014 6:48PM

OBS June: Half to The Factor tops Thursday’s session


The third session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. June 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale on Thursday was highlighted by the most expensive offering of the auction thus far, as average and median figures continued to keep in step with the previous year’s sale.

A total of 196 horses were sold on Thursday for revenues of $6,545,900. The average sale price was $33,397, while the median finished at $17,000. Because the 2013 OBS June sale finished after two sessions, there are no comparable figures from last year.

Topping Thursday’s session was a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner The Factor from the final crop of the late sire Indian Charlie, who sold to Bridlewood Farm for $500,000.

The bay filly is out of the winning Miswaki mare Greyciousness, who is the dam of six winners from eight foals to race. The Factor was a leading sprinter during his on-track career, winning the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes and Pat O’Brien Stakes, as well as a trio of Grade 2 races. The son of War Front now stands at Lane’s End in Versailles, Ky.

Bred in Kentucky by SF Bloodstock, the session-topping filly is from the family of Canadian classic winner Perfect Shower, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Chief Seattle, and Peruvian 2000 Guineas winner Maeto. With the transaction, the filly became the most expensive foal to sell at public auction out of her dam. The Factor brought $285,000 at the Barretts May juvenile auction in 2010.

The filly was consigned by Eddie Woods, as agent. She breezed two furlongs in 21 1/5 seconds during the presale under-tack show.

The final bid was $25,000 short of the record price for a juvenile at the OBS June sale, set last year when Conquest Stables purchased eventual stakes winner Conquest Top Gun, by Pioneerof the Nile, for $525,000.

Woods was the session’s leading consignor, with six horses sold for $724,000. Bridlewood Farm’s lone purchase of the session-topper was enough to lead the session among buyers at $500,000.

Through three days of selling, the OBS June sale moved 550 horses for revenues of $17,532,000. That figure eclipsed the final two-day total of last year’s June sale by 20 percent, when 439 horses brought $14,596,700.

The cumulative average through three sessions was $31,876, marking a four percent decline from last year’s final average of $33,250. The median sale price remained steady at $20,000.

At the top of the market, a total of seven horses have sold for $200,000 or more, trailing last year’s final total by one.

The OBS June sale concludes Friday with a session beginning at 10:30 a.m. Eastern.

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