10/17/2012 5:09PM

Ocala fall sale numbers up


LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company wrapped up its two-day fall mixed sale Wednesday with increases in average and median prices.

Wednesday's open session grossed $1,201,000 for 161 horses, a 6-percent increase over last year, despite selling 25 fewer horses. The open session average of $7,460 also was up by 22 percent, and the $5,200 median gained 44 percent. The open session's buy-back rate was 22 percent, level with last year's percentage.

The open session upswings followed increases at Tuesday's consignor-preferred session, which saw gross receipts jump 52 percent, while average and median prices rose 7 percent and 18 percent, respectively. The auction-topper sold during the consignor-preferred session. That was a $55,000 Scat Daddy-Placerita weanling colt that agent Tom McCrocklin bought from the Bobby Jones Equine agency.