03/12/2013 8:38PM

OBS March sale: first session ends with across-the-board gains

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A $480,000 Flatter colt who worked an eighth-mile in :10.20 seconds led selling Tuesday as the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training opened its two-day stand in Ocala, Fla., with significant gains.

The session sold 97 juveniles for $13,544,000, a 13 percent improvement compared with last year’s opening session, when 94 sold for $12,019,500. Average price rose nine percent, from $127,867 to $139,629, and median powered up 23 percent, from $97,500 last year to $120,000. The buyback rate also improved, falling from 24 percent at last year’s opening session to 20 percent on Tuesday.

Bloodstock agent David Ingordo of Lane’s End Farm signed the sale-topping Flatter colt’s ticket in the name of L E B. The gray or roan colt is out of the Well Decorated winner Well, who already is the dam of Grade 3 winner Well Spelled, by Spellbinder. Niall Brennan, agent, consigned the colt, who sold to Sitak Stable for $60,000 as a yearling last season at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky’s October auction.

The opening session’s second most expensive juvenile was a $370,000 Malibu Moon colt out of the stakes-winning A. P. Jet mare Travelator, a multiple stakes winner who earned more than $647,000 at the races. Polo Green Stable, as agent, bought the dark bay or brown colt, and Woodford Thoroughbreds, agent, was the consignor. Offered as Hip No. 120, he had breezed an eighth in :10.40 seconds at the auction’s first under-tack show.

Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Stables Tuesday purchased the session’s top-priced filly, going to $350,000 for a daughter of freshman sire Pioneerof the Nile. The bay filly was consigned by Becky Thomas’ Sequel Bloodstock as agent and is out of the stakes-winning Forest Wildcat mare Wild Catseye. She tied for the fastest furlong work at the first under-tack show, clocking at :9:80.

A chestnut High Cotton filly was bought for $340,000 by Peter Miller on behalf of Pelican LLC. Steven Venosa’s SGV Thoroughbreds consigned the half-sister to graded stakes winner and recent Robert B. Lewis Stakes runner-up Den’s Legacy. She is out of War Chant’s unraced daughter Sunshine Song. The filly had worked an eighth in :10.20 seconds.

L E B, which bought the session-topping Flatter colt, led all buyers on Tuesday with three purchases for $830,000. Eisaman Equine led all consignors, selling 11 juveniles for $1,465,000.

Sixty-one 2-year-olds sold for $100,000 or more at Tuesday’s session, up from 47 last year.

The auction’s second and final session begins on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Eastern.

For hip-by-hip results, click here.

Year Sold Total Average Median Buyback
2013 97 (+3) $13,544,000 (+13%) $139,629 (+9%) $120,000 (+23%) 20%
2012 94 $12,019,500 $127,867 $97,500 24%