04/24/2013 7:38PM

OBS spring sale: Birdstone and Pulpit colts lead third session results

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The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s April 2-year-old auction in Ocala, Fla., posted a third consecutive day of big increases Wednesday at its penultimate session.

Wednesday’s top price of $375,000 for colts by Birdstone and Pulpit did not threaten the sale-leading $900,000 that a Bernardini colt brought on Tuesday, but it helped keep the four-day auction on a record pace. Through Wednesday, OBS reported 618 juveniles sold for $38,563,500, including private sales at the auction grounds. That figure jumped 55 percent compared with the total of $24,914,700 accumulated through the first three sessions of last year’s sale, and has already surpassed last year’s four-day total of $33,506,400. Average so far is up 49 percent, from last year’s $41,873 to $62,400, and the median is running ahead by 48 percent, from $27,000 last season to $40,000 as of Wednesday.

The single-day returns were $13,465,000 for 205 horses sold, up 58 percent from the $8,526,700 total that 202 juveniles brought at the equivalent session in 2012. The session average rose from last year’s $42,211 to $65,683, a 56 percent increase, and the $40,000 median gained 48 percent on last year’s figure of $27,000. But buybacks for the session were up, increasing from 13 percent last year to 15 percent.

Once again, the market’s top appeared healthiest, as 42 horses brought in six-figure prices, compared with 16 at 2012’s third session.

Agent Michael Dilger signed for the first $375,000 session-topper, a chestnut son of the Grade 3-placed Ide mare Literary Light. The colt, an April 2 foal, breezed an eighth-mile in :10.2 seconds at the auction’s under-tack show last week. His dam is a full sister to a track record-setting stakes-winner, Junior College, and farther back the family also features Castle Eight, the dam of Grade 2 winner Powis Castle and the second dam of Grade 1 winner and freshman sire Pioneerof the Nile.

Amy and Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree agency consigned the Birdstone colt. He previously went through the ring at Fasig-Tipton’s October yearling sale last year, bringing $70,000 from a buyer listed as Superfine Farms. Woods Edge Farm consigned the colt at Fasig-Tipton.

Late in the session, a second colt—this one by Pulpit out of regally-bred Rhythmical Beat—also sold for $375,000. Agent Donato Lanni, Hill ’n’ Dale Farms’ director of bloodstock sales, signed for the May 10 foal. The bay colt’s dam is a half-sister to sire Mutakddim and is by Fusaichi Pegasus. His second dam, Oscillate, also is a half-sister to champion Rhythm, Maryland sire Not For Love, and to the significant producer Get Lucky, from whom came Girolamo, Daydreaming, Accelerator, and Supercharger, dam of 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver. Oscillate also is the second dam of prominent New York sire Frost Giant.

The colt previously was withdrawn by Hill ’n’ Dale’s consignment from Kentucky yearling sales in September and October but came into the OBS auction ring off a :10 second eighth-mile work at the sale preview. Eddie Woods consigned the colt at OBS.

Wednesday’s most expensive filly was a $370,000 Hear No Evil filly currently named Thank You Daddy. Conquest Stables was the buyer. The March 24 filly arrived at the sale in the Blue River Bloodstock consignment and breezed a quarter in a rapid :20.4 seconds. The bay is out of Saint Sammi, by Saint Ballado, a full sister to multiple graded stakes winner Flame Thrower. Armando Rosas bought Thank You Daddy for a mere $15,000 last year at the OBS August yearling sale.

The second-highest priced filly, a dark bay or brown daughter of first-crop sire Old Fashioned who breezed one-eighth in :9.8 seconds during the under-tack show, sold for $340,000; she was the session’s fifth-highest price overall.

Simon Callaghan bought the filly, who is out of Australian-bred Miss Puzzle, a stakes-placed Citidancer mare who already is the dam of a stakes winner in Mr. Candy Bar. Nick de Meric, agent, was the consignor. De Meric paid just $35,000 for the April 15 filly last year at Keeneland’s September yearling sale.

De Meric led all sellers Wednesday with 12 horses bringing a combined $1,222,000, but the leading consignor for the overall auction was the Eisaman Equine agency. Through Wednesday, they were running slightly ahead of de Meric, having sold 34 horses for $2,956,500 as compared to de Meric’s 37 for $2,723,000.

Among buyers, Wednesday’s leader was Lanni with four purchases totaling $770,000. Through three sessions, Alex and JoAnn Lieblong led all spenders with eight horses bought for $1,285,000.

The OBS April sale was to continue through Thursday, with a final session starting at 10:30 a.m. Click here to watch a live video feed of the auction.

For hip-by-hip results, click here.