04/24/2015 7:20PM

OBS sale closes with record for average price


The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds continued a historic run in 2015, not only extending its streak of record-setting average and median prices for a fourth straight year but also selling the highest-priced offering in the auction company’s history.

The four-day auction closed Friday with 676 horses sold for $53,711,400, down 6 percent from last year’s record gross of $56,965,000. The average sale price reached a record $79,455, up 7 percent from $73,958, while the median tied last year’s record of $45,000.

The buyback rate finished at 22 percent, up slightly from last year’s figure of 18 percent.

Nine horses each changed hands for $500,000 or more during this week’s sale, one better than last year’s edition. The sale was highlighted by a $1.9 million Tapit filly who sold to Solis/Litt as agent during Wednesday’s session, becoming the highest-priced offering in OBS history.

Bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, the gray or roan filly is out of the unraced Silver Deputy mare Silver Wolf, who has two placed foals from as many runners. Silver Wolf is half-sister to Grade 1 winner and sire Corinthian as well as Grade 2 winner Desert Hero and stakes producer Crew Leader.

The filly was consigned by Woodford Thoroughbreds as agent and breezed one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds over the Ocala Training Center’s all-weather Safetrack surface. She sold to Dennis Farkas for $335,000 at last year’s Keeneland September yearling sale.

The previous OBS record of $1.8 million was shared by Garifine, a Belong to Me colt who sold to Buzz Chace as agent at the 2006 March sale, and Pacific, a Smart Strike colt secured by Stonestreet Stables at the 2013 March sale.

She was the most expensive horse sold at a North American auction of 2-year-olds in training since 2010, when Stonestreet went to $2.3 million to secure Brock, a son of Distorted Humor, at the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale.

The sale-topper was also the first seven-figure offering in the history of the OBS spring sale and supplanted the Distorted Humor colt Woodford Gale, who sold to Darley’s bloodstock adviser John Ferguson for $975,000 in 2004, as the sale’s most expensive graduate.

De Meric Sales finished as the sale’s leading consignor, with 46 juveniles sold for $4,410,000. Two of the top 10 prices came out of the consignment, led by the sale’s third-most expensive offering, a Street Cry colt who went to trainer Mark Casse as agent for $750,000.

Solis/Litt was the sale’s leading buyer, with three purchases totaling $2,180,000.

Friday’s session closed with 160 horses sold for $14,054,500, an increase of 6 percent from last year’s final day of selling, when 182 juveniles brought $13,242,000. The closing-day average sale price rose 21 percent, from $72,758 to $87,841, while the median rose 7 percent, from $42,000 to $45,000.

Trainer Linda Rice purchased the session-topper, a $900,000 Bernardini colt, as agent for Kaitar Racing, making him the second-most expensive horse of the sale.

The bay colt is out of the Grade 3-winning Graeme Hall mare Graeme Six, whose three winners from as many foals to race include stakes-placed Cali Star. He was bred in Kentucky by Besilu Stables.

Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables as agent, the colt breezed one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds during the under-tack show. The colt was offered at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale but finished under his reserve with a final bid of $290,000.

De Meric Sales led the closing session with 13 horses sold for $1,999,000, including two of the day’s top three offerings. Rice and Kaitar Racing’s purchase of the session-topper also made them the day’s leading buyer.

To view the full results from Friday’s session, click here.