01/16/2013 7:20PM

OBS winter mixed sale: Bigger catalog boosts figures

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An increased interest from both buyers and sellers in the new horses of racing age portion of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. winter mixed sale helped generate improved overall numbers for the two-day auction. However, the gravitation toward quality offerings continued to outshine a sagging lower market.

Ocala Breeders Sales Co. reported 360 horses sold overall for revenues of $4,443,700, an increase of 23 percent compared with last year’s final total of $3,612,300. The average price rose 10 percent from $11,253 to $12,344.

The first 162 hips of Tuesday’s opening session consisted of the “consignor preferred” broodmares and short yearlings traditionally seen in a mixed sale. The remainder of the 186 offerings comprised the horses of racing age segment, which more than doubled in size since its debut last year.

At the preferred segment, 93 horses sold for a total of $1,681,900, up 33 percent from 2012. The average price of $18,085 rose 1 percent, while the median fell 7 percent to $14,000.

At the horses of all ages segment, 103 horses sold for a total of $1,608,500, up 55 percent from last year. The average was up 13 percent to $15,617, while the median rose 14 percent to $8,000.

The top price, and the only six-figure horse of the sale, came during the horses of racing age segment, when Falling Sky was purchased by Justin Casse, agent, for $425,000.

The 3-year-old Lion Heart colt won two of three starts during his juvenile campaign for earnings of $44,800. After winning by four furlongs in his debut at Calder Race Course in November, Falling Sky suffered his lone defeat when fourth in the Inaugural Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. He then followed up with a 1 3/4-length win in an optional claiming race at Gulfstream Park on December 15.

Falling Sky is out of the stakes-placed Sea Hero mare Sea Dragoness, who has produced five winners from five starters. Bred in Pennsylvania by Copper Penny Stables, Falling Sky was consigned by Off the Hook LLC, which co-owned the colt during his 2-year-old season.

The highest-priced yearling was a Quality Road filly, purchased by Glencrest Farm for $80,000.

The dark bay or brown filly is out of the winning Storm Bird mare Migrate, who has produced four winners, including Grade 2-winning turf specialist Warning Zone. The filly is from the family of Chilean champions We Can Seek and Weekend Trip, as well as Grade 1 winners Dancing Spree, Furlough, and Fantastic Find. Bred in Louisiana by Jay Adcock and Lon Baronne, the filly was consigned by Select Sales, agent.

The top broodmare prospect was stakes winner Lacie Slew, who was purchased by Charlotte Weber’s Live Oak Stud for $62,000.

The 7-year-old Mineshaft mare won seven of 26 starts during her five-season racing career for earnings of $259,642. Her marquee victory came in the 2012 Maryland Racing Media Stakes at Laurel Park.

Lacie Slew is out of Grade 3-placed multiple stakes winner Lacie Girl and is from the family of Grade 3-placed stakes winner Lock’s Dream. Bred in Kentucky by Canyon Capital, Inc., Lacie Slew was consigned by Sue Vacek, agent.

Wednesday’s open session concluded with 164 horses sold for total receipts of $1,153,300, down 12 percent compared with last year’s final total of $1,305,100 from 175 sold. The average fell 6 percent from $7,458 to $7,032, while the median of $4,350 was a 3 percent drop from $4,500 last year.

Bill Fleming purchased most expensive horse of the open session, going to $57,000 on a yearling Tale of the Cat filly. The Florida-bred filly is out of the multiple stakes-winning Point Given mare She's Sensational and is from the family of Grade 1 winners Lady of Shamrock and Royal Chariot. She was consigned by Summerfield, agent.

For hip-by-hip results, click here.

Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. January mixed sale: overall results

Year Sold Total Average
2013 360 (+12%) $4,443,700 (+23%) $12,344 (+10%)
2012 321 $3,612,300 $11,253

Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. January mixed sale: consignor preferred results

Year Sold Total Average Median Buyback
2013 93 (+31%) $1,681,900 (+33%) $18,085 (+1%) $14,000 (-7%) 35%
2012 71 $1,267,000 $17,845 $15,000 29%

Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. January mixed sale: horses of racing age results

Year Sold Total Average Median Buyback
2013 103 (+37%) $1,608,500 (+55%) $15,617 (+13%) $8,000 (+14%) 23%
2012 75 $1,040,200 $13,869 $7,000 24%

Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. January mixed sale: open session results

Year Sold Total Average Median Buyback
2013 164 (-6%) $1,153,300 (-12%) $7,032 (-6%) $4,350 (-3%) 34%
2012 175 $1,305,100 $7,458 $4,500 26%