10/09/2015 1:29PM

OBS opens mixed sale season with fall auction


With the changing of the seasons comes the arrival of the weanling and breeding-stock portion of the North American auction calendar, which has its first major sale in central Florida.

The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. fall mixed sale catalog has grown in recent years, with more entries in its traditional mixed portion and the introduction of a session for horses of racing age last year. However, this year’s renewal follows a 2014 sale that saw significant declines in major indices after a run of steady growth.

The two-day auction will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, beginning daily at 10:30 a.m. Eastern. A 204-horse consignor-preferred session will open the sale, followed the next day by an open session and a horses of racing age portion.

An optional under-tack show for horses entered in the racing-age session will be held Monday at the Ocala Training Center at 10 a.m.

This year’s catalog numbers 561 horses, down 2 percent from last year’s auction, when 573 horses were entered.

The traditional mixed catalog shrank 1 percent from 468 entries to 463, while the 98 cataloged horses of racing age mark a 7 percent decrease from the 105 entered in the inaugural edition. The 2014 and 2015 renewals of the OBS fall mixed sale boast the two largest catalogs since 2010, with or without the racing-age entries.

As the first major mixed sale on the North American calendar, the OBS fall sale provides one of the first opportunities to purchase weanlings by several prominent young stallions at auction.

First-crop stallions with weanlings in the catalog include Anthony’s Cross, Awesome Patriot, Beau Choix, Brethren, City Wolf, Corfu, Currency Swap, Doctor Chit, Duke of Mischief, Fast Bullet, Fort Larned, Forty Tales, Graydar, Justin Phillip, New Year’s Day, Overanalyze, Oxbow, Passion for Gold, Poseidon’s Warrior, Power Broker, Prospective, Rattlesnake Bridge, Soldat, Take Charge Indy, Treasure Beach, Winslow Homer, and Wrote.

Last year’s preferred session saw 138 horses sell for $2,297,900, down 16 percent from the previous year. The average sale price fell 26 percent to $16,651, while the median fell 51 percent to $8,750.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey purchased the sale’s highest-priced broodmare, Alexandra’s Grace, for $120,000. The winning Hard Spun mare sold carrying her first foal, by Bodemeister, and is from the family of Grade 1 winner Consolidator and multiple Grade 1-placed Gentlemen’s Bet. She was consigned by Sequel Bloodstock as agent.

The top weanling of the select session was an Uncle Mo colt who sold to Mary Ellen Coenen’s Mecco for $90,000. Bred in Florida by Lambholm and Constance Wickens and consigned as agent by TdM Sales, the colt is the first foal out of the winning Tale of the Cat mare Scott’s Aly Cat and is from the family of Grade 2 winner Deeliteful Irving and Grade 3 winner Irving’s Baby.

The open session also saw significant declines, with 126 horses selling for $617,600, down 59 percent from the 2013 renewal. The average dropped 50 percent to $4,902, and the median decreased 45 percent to $2,850.

The 2014 sale debuted a portion for horses of racing age, selling 51 horses for $1,316,500. The average sale price was $25,814, while the median finished at $11,500.

A full brother to champion Stardom Bound topped the racing-age session, going to Gerald Frankel for $370,000.

Later named Stardom Found, the Tapit colt is out of the Grade 2-placed stakes-winning Tarr Road mare My White Corvette. The colt is trained by Michael Stidham and most recently finished third on Oct. 4 in a maiden special weight race at Keeneland.

To view the online catalog, visit obssales.com.