01/28/2015 5:08PM

OBS winter mixed consignor select session posts even returns

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The opening consignor select session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. winter mixed sale concluded on Monday with an increased average sale price, but a downturn in gross and median price.

OBS reported a total of 124 horses sold on Monday for revenues of $2,462,200, down 17 percent from the 2014 consignor select session when 154 horses brought $2,962,700. The average sale price finished at $19,856, up three percent from $19,238 last year, while the median dipped 29 percent from $15,000 to $10,600.

The buyback rate finished at 21 percent during the consignor select session, down from 32 percent in 2014.

A newly-turned yearling filly from the first crop of The Factor topped the session, and was the day’s only six-figure horse, going to George Bolton and Peter Leidel for $190,000.

The gray or roan filly is out of the winning Cobra King mare Viva Vega, whose six foals to race were all winners, including Grade 3-placed stakes winner Southern Dude. The transaction made her the most expensive filly out of Viva Vega to sell at auction.

Bred in Louisiana by Summer Grove Farm and Terry Gabriel, the filly is from the family of Grade 3-placed stakes winners Follow Me Home and She’s Offlee Good. She was consigned by Kim Harrison, as agent.

Harris Training Center secured the session most expensive broodmare, Pyrite Final, for $80,000.

The 9-year-old unplaced daughter of Formal Dinner sold in foal to Kantharos and is the dam of two winners from two foals to race, including stakes-placed Morgans Harbour. Boutte Sales consigned the mare as agent.

Bred in Ohio by Dr. D W Frazier, Pyrite Final is out of the winning Green Forest mare Pink Forest, making her a half sister to stakes winners Pyrite Springs, Forest Picnic, and Rose Colored Lady. The latter became the dam of Grade 2 winner and sire Too Much Bling, as well as three additional stakes winners and the dam of Grade 2 winner El Kabeir. Her extended page includes French champion Baiser Vole.

Beth Bayer was the session’s leading consignor, with 20 horses sold for $228,900. Leading the group was a yearling Proud Citizen colt from the family of Grade 1 winner and sire Ogygian, who sold to Anthony Costanzo for $32,000.

George Bolton and Peter Leidel were the leading buyers with the lone purchase of the session-topper.

The OBS winter mixed sale concludes on Thursday with open and horses of racing age sessions, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Eastern.