06/19/2013 8:51PM

OBS June sale: Record-priced Pioneerof the Nile colt leads giant returns


A juvenile colt from the first crop of Grade 1 winner Pioneerof the Nile sold for an auction-record $525,000 to headline a robust Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. June 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale. The two-session sale, which ended Wednesday, posted record gains in gross receipts, average, and median from its juvenile portion, which comprised the bulk of trade.

OBS reported 426 2-year-olds sold for a total of $14,424,100 on Tuesday and Wednesday. That figure marked a 37 percent increase compared with the 2-year-old segment in 2012, when 421 juveniles sold for $10,563,100. The average price for juveniles was $33,859, which jumped 35 percent compared with last year’s average of $25,090. The median rose 33 percent, from $15,000 in 2012 to $20,000 this year. The June sale’s gross and average eclipsed last year’s record-setting numbers. The previous record median of $16,000 was set in 2004.

OBS reported a buyback rate of 24 percent for 2-year-olds this year, rising from 20 percent in 2012.

The sale topper, a bay colt named Tracker Jacker, was purchased by Conquest Stables LLC from the consignment of Eddie Woods, agent. The colt clocked one furlong in :10.20 during the June sale’s under-tack show. He initially sold for $42,000 to W.D. North Thoroughbreds at last fall’s Keeneland September yearling sale and was withdrawn from four juvenile auctions this spring leading up to the June sale. His sale price bested the previous record of $350,000 set last year by an Elusive Quality colt named Quality Plan.

Tracker Jacker is out of the stakes-placed winning Jump Start mare Early Vintage, whose only foal to race, a Harlan’s Holiday colt named Ron Burgundy, is a winner. Early Vintage is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Tasha’s Miracle and to stakes producers Deb’s Charm, Chalonnaise, and Harve de Grace; the latter is the dam of Grade 2 winner Concord Point.

Pioneerof the Nile, a 7-year-old son of Empire Maker, stands for $15,000 at WinStar in Versailles, Ky. He was represented by his first winner last month when the filly Zarnica won in Russia.

A daughter of champion Afleet Alex sold for $280,000 on Wednesday as the second-highest priced horse through the auction ring overall. Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Stables bought the filly from de Meric Sales, agent; she breezed two furlongs in :20.80 during the under-tack show. The bay filly is out of the Dixieland Band mare I’m With Dixie, who is a half-sister to Black-Eyed Susan winner Sweet Vendetta, multiple stakes winners Love Cove and Half Heaven, and stakes winner and producer Doll Baby.

The third-highest priced horse of the sale was sold Tuesday, a $275,000 son of Journeyman Stud stallion Circular Quay who was purchased by Paul Pompa, Jr. The colt, named Cheers of Thunder, is out of the unraced Indian Charlie mare Trail of Cheers. He clocked three furlongs in :33.20 at the breeze show.

Agent Blue River Bloodstock originally sold Cheers of Thunder for $300,000 to Japan’s K.K. Eishindo  at the OBS spring 2-year-olds in training sale, but the colt was returned and subsequently wheeled back by Blue River to OBS June. He is from the family of Grade 2 winner and sire Crafty Friend and Grade 3 winner Grateful Friend.

Seven horses of racing age sold for $82,000 in Wednesday’s session, posting an average of $11,714 and a median price of $9,000. The 2012 horses of racing age section concluded with 13 sold for $103,900, averaging $7,992 and with a $5,500 median price.

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Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. June sale (2-year-olds):

Year Sold Totals Average Median Buyback
2013 426 (+1%) $14,424,100 (+37%) $33,859 (+35%) $20,000 (+33%) 24%
2012 421 $10,563,100 $25,090 $15,000 20%