04/28/2017 6:44PM

Records fall at OBS spring sale of 2-year-olds

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It wouldn’t be hyperbole to call this year’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s spring 2-year-olds in training sale the best renewal on record, particularly because of all the records that fell.

The auction ended its four-day run on Friday establishing new cumulative records in gross, average, and median sale prices, all led by the most expensive horse to ever sell under the OBS banner, and the highest-priced juvenile sold at public auction in a decade, a $2.45-million Tiznow colt.

A total of 678 juveniles sold during the OBS spring sale for revenues of $61,185,900, up 18 percent from last year’s edition, which grossed $52,010,500 from 659 sold. The gross blew past the previous record of $56,965,000 set in 2014.

The average sale price finished at an all-time high of $90,245, up 14 percent from $78,923, and surpassing the previous high-water mark of $79,068 set in 2015. The median sale price achieved a new all-time high for a sixth consecutive edition, finishing at $48,000 and besting the previous record set last year of $47,000 by 2 percent.

The buyback rate finished at an outstanding 17 percent, down from last year’s final figure of 23 percent.

A crackling upper market was led by three horses sold for seven figures, the most ever for the OBS spring sale, all of which sold during Thursday’s penultimate session. One horses changed hands for seven figures last year.

The number of horses sold for $500,000 or more rose to 12 from seven last year, while horses sold for $250,000 or more increased to 60 from 40. Six figure purchases totaled 172, equaling last year’s auction.

The sale-topper, and new OBS record-holder, was a Tiznow colt who sold to John Moynihan, bloodstock adviser for Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Stables, who signed the ticket as agent for M.V. Magnier of the Coolmore partnership, marking the latest auction strike by the high-powered duo.

He was the most expensive horse to sell at a North American juvenile auction since the 2007 Fasig-Tipton Florida Calder selected sale of 2-year-olds in training, when Demi O’Byrne, representing Coolmore, landed The Leopard for $2.5 million. That son of Storm Cat went on to become a Grade 3-winning juvenile for the international operation.

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The $2.45 million price tag surpassed the previous record for an offering at the OBS auction company set during the 2015 spring sale, where a Tapit filly sold to bloodstock agency Solis/Litt, acting for owner LNJ Foxwoods, for $1.9 million. The filly was later named Inheritance and has won one of five starts.

Furthermore, the colt was the most expensive horse sold at a North American juvenile sale since

The OBS spring sale-topper was a bay colt out of the unplaced Distorted Humor mare Moonbow, who is the dam of two winners from three foals to race. His second dam is stakes winner Storm Beauty, putting the colt in the extended family of champion sprinter Gold Beauty, Grade 2 winner The Prime Minister, and Grade 3 winner Buffum.

The colt was bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, which also stands Tiznow at its Versailles, Ky., stallion operation. He sold for $125,000 at last year’s Keeneland September yearling sale and was consigned at the OBS spring sale by Bobby Dodd, agent.

The colt turned heads during the presale under-tack show as one of two horses to tie for the overall fastest time over an eighth of a mile, going in 9.60 seconds. The horses breezed over the Ocala Training Center’s all-weather Safetrack surface.

WinStar Farm bought Moonbow, a product of Elizabeth Moran’s Brushwood Stable breeding program, as a broodmare prospect for $270,000 at the 2010 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. The Tiznow colt was her fourth foal and surpassed the $270,000 Malibu Moon colt Green Moon Rising as her most expensive offspring.

Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stables finished the sale as the leading consignor by gross, with 36 horses sold for a combined $4,085,000. The consignment was led by a $1-million More Than Ready filly who sold to Al Aasfa Racing.

Moynihan and Magnier were the sale’s leading buyers on the lone strength of the record-setting purchase.

Friday’s closing session saw 143 horses sold for revenues of $13,152,200, down 6 percent from last year when 165 juveniles sold for $14,012,000. The average sale price rose 8 percent to $91,973 from $84,912, while the median rose 4 percent to $52,000 from $50,000.

Trainer Linda Rice, as agent, bought the session-topper, a Creative Cause filly out of the multiple stakes-winning El Prado mare Santina Dond, for $850,000

The filly is the third foal out of Santina Dond, whose first foal to race is a winner. Grade 2 winner Zivo and Grade 3 winner Patton’s Victory are in the extended family. Brereton and Bret Jones of Airdrie Stud bred the session-topper in Kentucky, and sold her for $100,000 at last year’s Keeneland September yearling sale.

Tom McCrocklin consigned the filly as agent during the OBS sale, and she breezed a quarter mile in 21 seconds flat during the under-tack show.

Wavertree Stables was Friday’s top consignor, with 14 horses sold for $976,000. Rice was the day’s leading buyer, with three purchases totaling $1,055,000.

To view the full results from Friday’s session, click here.