04/25/2013 7:22PM

OBS spring sale: another record set as economic figures soar


The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training was a record-setter again this year, breaking the marks it set last year for gross, average, and median after four days of large increases.

The auction ended Thursday evening after selling 802 horses for $48,549,000, a 45 percent jump from last year’s gross for 771 horses. The cumulative average was $60,535, a 39 percent rise from 2012’s figure of $43,458, and median hit $35,000 on a 30 percent advance from last year’s $27,000.

The buyback rate for the entire sale finished at 15 percent, compared with 16 percent last year. Thirty-nine horses sold for $200,000 or more during the four sessions, compared with 17 in 2012.

Betty Moran of Brushwood Stable bought the sale-topper, a $900,000 son of Bernardini. The bay colt is out of Princess Rooney’s daughter Rooneys Princess. A March 6 foal, he is currently named Prince Bernardini.

Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds principals Randy Hartley and Dean De Renzo consigned the colt after paying $225,000 for him last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale. He worked an eighth-mile in :10 seconds flat at the auction’s under-tack show on April 17.

The Bernardini colt had been withdrawn from OBS’s March 2-year-old auction earlier this year.

The sale-topper is a half-brother to stakes winner Prince Rooney and to stakes-placed V. I. P. Princess. His family also includes Grade 3 winner Kid Grindstone.

Thursday’s session-topper was a $425,000 Street Sense colt out of Spoken Softly that David M. Clark bought from the Rice Horse Stables agency. The Feb. 28 colt worked a furlong in :10.20 at the under-tack show. Spoken Softly is a Notebook mare who is a full sister to Grade 1 winner Spoken Fur and a half-sister to 2012 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint runner-up and recent Potrero Grande Stakes second Unbridled’s Note. 

On Thursday, OBS reported 178 hips sold for the day’s trade totaling of $9,897,500, a 15 percent increase compared with last year’s concluding session total. The average price of $55,604 rose 14 percent, and the $30,000 median jumped 20 percent from the final session in 2012.

For the entire sale, Nick de Meric led all consignors with sales totaling $3,179,000 for 46 juveniles, edging out Eisaman Equine’s $3,128,500 for 39 horses. The auction’s leading buyers were Alex and JoAnn Lieblong, who bought ten 2-year-olds for $1,675,000.

For hip-by-hip results, click here.

Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training cumulative results:

Year Sold Total Average Median Buyback
2013 802 (+4%) $48,549,000 (+45%) $60,535 (+39%) $35,000 (+30%) 15%
2012 771 $33,506,400 $43,458 $27,000 16%