06/16/2015 6:12PM

OBS June: Record-setting colt headlines opening session


A $575,000 Scat Daddy colt became the most expensive offering in the history of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. June 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale on Tuesday to help drive an increased average during the opening session of the four-day auction.

The auction company reported 136 horses sold on Tuesday evening for revenues of $5,309,100, marking a 6 percent decline from last year’s opening session of the OBS June sale, when 177 horses brought $5,358,900.

The opening day average sale price rose 22 percent from $30,276 to $37,052, while the median fell 24 percent from $23,000 to $17,500. The buyback rate finished at 27 percent, up slightly from last year’s first-session figure of 25 percent.

Nine horses hammered for six figures during Tuesday’s session, trailing the nine who eclipsed that mark during last year’s opening day of sales.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, the first cousin of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and owner of U.A.E. Derby winner Mubtaahij, secured the record-setting session-topper.

The colt is out of the unplaced Silver Hawk mare Antoinette, who is the dam of two winners from four foals to race, including stakes-placed Notassharpasuthink. Bred in Kentucky by Douglas Arnold Jr. he is from the family of Grade 2 winner and sire Evansville Slew and Grade 2-placed stakes winner Phoebe’s Donkey. The colt became the most expensive auction graduate out of Antoinette, surpassing Notassharpasuthing, who brought $170,000 at the 2010 OBS June sale.

Steven Venosa’s SGV Thoroughbreds consigned the colt as agent. It was the first time the colt changed hands at auction, after finishing under his reserve at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale with a final bid of $145,000.

The colt breezed two furlongs in :20 4/5 seconds over the Ocala Training Center’s all-weather Safetrack surface during the pre-sale under-tack show, tying him for the second-best overall time of the sale’s offerings.

The previous OBS June record-holder was Conquest Top Gun, a colt from the first crop of sire Pioneerof the Nile, who sold to Conquest Stables for $525,000 at the 2013 renewal. Conquest Top Gun has since become a stakes-winner at Woodbine under trainer Mark Casse.

SGV Thoroughbreds was the session’s leading consignor, with two horses bringing a combined $596,000, led by the day’s most expensive offering. That transaction also produced Tuesday’s leading buyer, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, whose lone purchase of the session-topper placed him at the top of the list.

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

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