06/18/2013 9:06PM

OBS June sale: Opening session posts healthy gains

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Tuesday’s opening session of the two-day Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. June 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale ended with healthy gains in total sales, average, and median as 43 horses sold for $50,000 or more, led by two that reached the $200,000 mark.

The sale company reported 220 juveniles sold on Tuesday for gross receipts of $6,695,500, an increase of 32 percent compared with the opening session in 2012, when 221 horses sold for $5,087,800. The average price of $30,494 also spiked 32 percent from last year’s first-session average of $23,022. The $20,000 median rose 33 percent compared with $15,000 in 2012. The only negative indicator was the buyback rate, which climbed from 18 percent to 25 percent.

Tuesday’s bidding was led by Cheers of Thunder, a Circular Quay colt out of the unraced Indian Charlie mare Trail of Cheers. The bay colt was purchased for $275,000 by Paul Pompa, Jr., from the consignment of Blue River Bloodstock, agent. The colt breezed three furlongs in :33:20 during the pre-sale under-tack show.

Cheers of Thunder sold for $12,000 as an OBS August yearling last year, and then sold for $300,000 at the OBS spring 2-year-olds in training sale to K.K. Eishindo only to be returned. He was wheeled back by the same consignor on Tuesday. The colt is from the family of Grade 2 winner and sire Crafty Friend and Grade 3 winner Grateful Friend.

A Smart Strike colt sold for $200,000 as the second-highest price of the opening session. Consigned by All in Line Stables, agent, the bay colt out of the unraced Giant’s Causeway mare Silk Road was bought by agent Steve Young for the Cot Campbell-led Dogwood Stable partnership, owners of Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice. The colt, who worked one furlong in :10.60 at the under-tack show, is from the family of Grade 1 winner, millionaire, and stakes producer Summer Colony. He sold as a weanling for $110,000 at the 2011 Keeneland November sale as part of the Edward P. Evans estate dispersal.

The sale concludes with Wednesday’s session at the sales complex in Ocala, Fla., which will also feature horses of racing age, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Eastern.

For hip-by-hip results, click here.

To view a live video feed of the second session, click here.

Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. June 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale (session one):

Year Sold Total Average Median Buyback
2013 220 $6,695,500 (+32%) $30,494 (+32%) $20,000 (+33%) 25%
2012 221 $5,087,800 $23,022 $15,000 18%