06/16/2016 5:23PM

OBS sale: Into Mischief filly brings $250,000 on Day 3

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The third session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. June sale of 2-year-olds and horses of racing age continued to trail behind the record pace of the 2015 renewal, led by a $250,000 Into Mischief filly late in the day.

Thursday’s session saw 164 horses reported sold for revenues of $4,096,700, down 39 percent from last year’s third session, when 156 horses brought $6,702,500.

The average sale price saw a 42 percent decline from $42,965 to $24,980, while the median fell 33 percent from $18,000 to $12,000. The buyback rate finished at 21 percent, after landing at 24 percent during last year’s similar session.

The session topper was the lone horse to bring $200,000 or more on Thursday, trailing the six to meet or exceed that threshold in the third session of 2015. At the next level, the seven horses that changed hands for six figures also finished behind last year’s 18.

John Fort’s Peachtree Stable secured Thursday’s session-topper, a $250,000 filly by Into Mischief.

The bay filly is out of the unraced Consolidator mare Simple Symphony, whose three foals to race are all winners. She is from the family of Mexican Horse of the Year El Biologo, multiple Dominican champion Inthewinkofaneye, and Grade 2-placed Suave Voir Faire. 

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Bred in Kentucky by Machmer Hall, the filly was a $230,000 purchase out of last year's Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale. She was consigned at the OBS June sale by Eisaman Equine, agent, and breezed an eighth of a mile in 10.20 seconds over the Ocala Training Center's all-weather Safetrack surface during the presale under-tack show.

The transaction ties the filly for the most expensive foal out of Simple Symphony to sell at public auction, joining Harlan's Holiday filly Jojo's Melody, who brought the same price at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale.

De Meric Sales finished the day as the leading consignor by gross, with seven horses sold for $435,000, led by a Tapit colt out of Grade 1 winner River’s Prayer who sold to Susan Moulton for $190,000 to tie for the day’s second-highest price. Fort was the session’s leading buyer based on the sole purchase of the session-topper.

After three days of trade, a total of 462 juveniles have changed hands for $12,707,900, down 30 percent from the three-quarters point of last year’s record-setting sale when 465 horses sold for $18,191,400.

The cumulative average sat at $27,506 after three sessions, down 27 percent from $39,121, while the median declined 30 percent from $19,000 to $13,250.

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