04/24/2014 8:00PM

OBS spring: Sale concludes with record figures


A solid fourth session on Thursday wrapped up a strong week at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training, as the juvenile auction posted gains in almost every major category to shatter records it set a year ago.

Overall, OBS reported 767 horses sold for a record gross of $57,032,000 over four days, an increase of 17 percent compared with 815 sold for a $48,757,000 in 2013. The cumulative average price of $74,357 rose 24 percent from the mark of $59,825 last year, while the sale median of $47,000 represented a 34 percent gain from the previous record of $35,000.

The only negative figure was the cumulative buyback rate, which rose from 14 percent last year to 19 percent. 

Activity was very strong at the top end for in-demand horses. Overall, eight juveniles sold for half a million or more, led by a $725,000 Tapit colt who went to Mike Repole on Tuesday to top the sale. Just two horses reached that threshold last year.

Paced by the sale-topper, de Meric Sales finished as the auction's leading consignor, selling 70 horses for a total of $5,788,500. Trainer Mark Casse, as agent, was the leading buyer, landing five for $1,765,000.

OBS reported 178 horses sold for $13,167,000 during Thursday's fourth and final session, a 29 percent gain in gross revenues from 187 sold for $10,208,500 at last year's finale. The average of $73,972 rose 36 percent from $54,591, while the $43,500 median was up 45 percent from $30,000. The session's buyback percentage rose from 19 to 24 percent.

Ashford Stud landed the final session-topper, a $625,000 colt from the final crop of Indian Charlie. Consigned by de Meric Sales, as agent, the colt breezed a quarter-mile in 20 4/5 seconds on the Ocala Training Center's Safetrack surface during last week's under-tack preview show.

The session-topper is out of the unraced Distorted Humor mare Agatha, who is a half to Japanese champion Hishi Akebono, French and English Group 1 winner Agnes World, and stakes winner and stakes producer My Sea Castles. She is also a half to Mysterial, dam of Group 1 winners Librettist and Dubai Destination and Group 3 winner Secret Number.

The overall sale-topping Tapit colt purchased by Repole is out of the stakes-winning and Grade 2-placed More Than Ready mare Ready For Fortune. The sale's highest-priced filly also came out of the second session, as a daughter of Harlan's Holiday went for $525,000, with Donato Lanni, as agent, signing for Kaleem Shah. She is out of the winning Mr. Greeley mare Ruby Summer.

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

Year Sold Gross Average Median Buyback
2014 767 (-6%) $57,032,000 (+17%) $74,357 (+24%) $47,000 (+34%) 19%
2013 815 $48,757,000 $59,825 $35,000 14%