01/24/2014 9:20PM

OBS Winter: Sale closes with improved figures


The open session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. winter mixed sale, held Friday, finished with improved figures, helping propel overall gains at the conclusion of the three-day sale.

On Friday evening, OBS reported 460 horses sold during the consignor-select, horses of racing age, and open sessions for receipts of $6,387,500. Revenues increased 40 percent from the 2013 auction, during which 373 horses sold for $4,555,500. The average sale price rose 14 percent, from $12,213 to $13,886, while the median price of $8,500 was a 22 percent increase from $7,000 last year.

The sale was led by Back to Class, a 4-year-old Montbrook filly, purchased for $85,000 during the opening consignor-preferred session.

Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs bought Back to Class, who was consigned by Brent and Crystal Fernung’s Journeyman Bloodstock Services, agent, as a broodmare prospect. Back to Class was bred by J. Michael O’Farrell’s Ocala Stud and won two of 13 starts for earnings of $72,165, including a third in the Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Back to Class is out of the winning Cutlass mare Cut Class Leanne, whose five winners from eight foals to race also include Grade 2 winner Chapel Royal. She is from the family of Canadian Horse of the Year Fanfreluche, Australian Group 2 winner Gypsy Diamond, and South African Group 3 winner Genial.

The sale’s highest-priced yearling was an In Summation colt, purchased for $75,000 by Eclipse Award-winning owners and breeders Ken and Sarah Ramsey. The colt was consigned by Tristan and Valery de Meric’s TdM Sales, as agent. He is out of the unraced Jump Start mare Shocking Pink, who is a half-sister to stakes winner and 2007 Kentucky Derby fourth-place finisher Imawildandcrazyguy.

A pair of horses topped Thursday’s horses of racing age session, each bringing $75,000.

Stuart Simon, agent for Russ McLellan, purchased Zensational Storm, an unraced 3-year-old colt from Zensational’s first crop. Consigned by Paul Sharp, agent, the chestnut colt breezed three furlongs in 34 seconds during Monday’s under-tack show. Zensational Storm is out of the stakes-placed Storm Boot mare Storming Starlet. The Ontario-foaled colt, bred by Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings, is from the family of Grade 1 winner Seattle Smooth.

Also finishing with the co-highest price of the day was Pushingonastring, a 5-year-old Distorted Humor gelding, who went to The Farm on 4 LLC. Pushingonastring has won three of five starts for earnings of $59,510, and entered the sale off a two-length victory in an optional claiming race at Tampa Bay Downs on Jan. 15. Bred in Kentucky by International Equities Holding, Inc., Pushingonastring is out of the unraced Stravinsky mare Luna Bella. He is from the family of Australian Group 2 winner Hips Don’t Lie and New Zealand Group 3 winner Rhythm. Pushingonastring was consigned by TdM Sales, agent.

OBS reported 208 horses sold during Friday's open session for revenues of $1,785,900, marking a 49 percent increase over the previous year’s open session receipts of $1,119,600 from 169 sold. The average sale price rose 21 percent from $7,098 to $8,586, while the median rose 19 percent, from $4,200 to $5,000.

Leading the session was Suroof, a winning Empire Maker mare, who sold as a broodmare prospect to Julio Rada, agent, for $57,000. The 7-year-old mare, consigned as agent by Top Line Sales, won four of 13 starts during her racing career for earnings of $156,831.

Bred in Kentucky by Dr. and Mrs. M. L. Brosnan, Suroof is out of the winning Hennessy mare Amber Token, who produced two winners from as many foals to race. Also on Suroof’s page is champion sprinter Plugged Nickle, Grade 1 winner Christiecat, Grade/Group 2 winners Token Dance and Gator Dancer, and Grade 3 winner Key to the Bridge.

Summerfield Sales was the OBS winter sale’s overall leading consignor by gross, with 57 horses sold for $715,200. Joseph Brocklebank, as agent, was the sale’s leading buyer, with 14 purchases totaling $253,000.

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