01/15/2013 4:12PM

OBS winter mixed sale: Growing horses of racing age segment propels gains


The horses of racing age segment of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. winter mixed sale more than held its own in its second year at the sale, helping drive improved figures during Tuesday’s opening session of the two-day sale.

A total of 196 horses sold on Tuesday for $3,290,400, marking a 43 percent improvement from last year’s day one revenues of $2,307,200 from 146 sold. The average sale price of $16,788 was a 6 percent gain from $15,803 in 2012.

The first 162 hips of the 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 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 day, came from 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 a four-furlong debut win at Calder Race Course in November, Falling Sky suffered his lone defeat in a fourth-place finish 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 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 two-year-old season.

Off the Hook bought Falling Sky, as agent for Calixto Armas, as a weanling for $16,000 at the 2010 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. That sale already made Falling Sky the most expensive foal out of Sea Dragoness, and Tuesday’s transaction pushed the distinction even farther.

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

The dark bay or brown filly is out of winning Storm Bird mare Migrate, who has produced four winners, including Grade 2-winning turf specialist Warning Zone. She 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 Lacie Girl, who is the dam of four winners , and from the family of Grade 3-placed Lock’s Dream and Grade 3-placed Not in Doubt and Lock and Key. Bred in Kentucky by Canyon Capital, Inc., Lacie Slew was consigned by Sue Vacek, agent.

The OBS winter sale concludes on Wednesday with an open session, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Eastern.


Year Category Sold Receipts Average Median
2013 Consignor preferred 93 (31%) $1,681,900 (33%) $18,085 (1%)



2012 Consignor preferred 71 $1,267,000 $17,845 $15,000

Horses of racing age

103 (37%) $1,608,500 (55%) $15,617 (13%) $8,000 (14%)
2012 Horses of racing age 75 $1,040,200 $13,869 $7,000