06/18/2015 6:33PM

OBS June: Third record-tying horse tops Thursday session


A half brother to Grade 2 winner Fiftyshadesofhay became the third horse to tie the all-time highest price at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. June 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale during the current renewal, going to The Three Amigos – Karl Watson, Mike Pegram, and Paul Weitman - on Thursday for $575,000.

The record-tying colt headlined a day of selling that continued the pattern set in the first two sessions of increased averages, higher buyback rates and relatively even returns in gross and median.

Thursday’s session closed with OBS reporting 153 horses sold for $6,376,500, down 5 percent from last year’s third session total of $6,700,900 from 203 sold.

The average sale price rose 26 percent from $33,009 to $41,676, while the median held steady at $17,000. The third-session buyback rate finished at 25 percent, up significantly from 12 percent during the same session last year.

The new co-sale-topper is out of the Grade 1-placed Real Quiet mare Quiet Kim, whose two winners from three foals to race are led by two-time Grade 2 winner Fiftyshadesofhay, who was campaigned by Watson, Pegram, and Weitman during her racing career.

Bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, the colt’s extended family includes Grade 1 winner Snow Ridge, Grade 2 winners Sweetnorthernsaint and Eye of the Tiger, and Grade 3 winner Fighting Fantasy.

Bobby Dodd consigned the colt, as agent, who covered two furlongs in :21 3/5 seconds over the Ocala Training Center’s all-weather Safetrack surface during the pre-sale under-tack show. The colt was a $160,000 purchase by Brad Grady’s Grand Oaks at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale.

The transaction made the colt the most expensive foal out of Quiet Kim to sell at public auction prior to their racing career. Fiftyshadesofhay sold to Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings for $1.3 million at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale and was retired to the operation’s broodmare band.

A pair of colts achieved the same price earlier in the sale to establish and tie the new OBS June record price. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum purchased a Scat Daddy colt on Tuesday, while Frank Fletcher went to the same price on Wednesday to land an Into Mischief colt. The previous record had been set in 2013 by Conquest Top Gun, a colt from the first crop of sire Pioneerof the Nile, who sold to Conquest Stables for $525,000.

Dodd finished Thursday’s session as the leading consignor by gross, with four juveniles sold for a combined $1,165,000. He also handled the second-most expensive horse of the day, an Unbridled’s Song filly who sold to bloodstock agents Nick Sallusto and Hanzly Albina for $500,000. That pair were the session’s leading buyers, with three purchases totaling $615,000.

After three days of selling, a total of 456 horses changed hands for revenues of $17,648,400, trailing last year’s three-day total by 0.5 percent, when 566 horses brought $17,741,200.

The three-day average finished at $38,703, up 23 percent from $31,345 last year, while the median was down 5 percent from $20,000 to $19,000.

A total of 14 juveniles changed hands for $200,000 or more through the end of the auction’s third session, doubling the number to meet or exceed that threshold at the same time last year, and already exceeding the final total of 10 offerings from the overall sale in 2014.

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

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