10/15/2014 6:50PM

Tapit colt tops OBS fall mixed sale, open session declines


A 2-year-old full brother to champion Stardom Bound was the highlight of the newly-added horses of racing age section to close Wednesday’s final session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. fall mixed sale.

The racing-age portion of the two-day sale grossed $1,308,500 during its inaugural edition from 50 horses sold, according to figures reported by OBS on Wednesday evening. The average sale price finished at $26,170, while the median price was $11,750.

Gerald Frankel purchased the sale-topper, a bay colt out of the Grade 2-placed stakes-winning Tarr Road mare My White Corvette, for $370,000.

Bred in Kentucky by celebrity chef Bobby Flay, the colt is a sibling to five winners from six runners, highlighted by champion Stardom Bound, a five-time Grade 1 winner. He is from the family of Peruvian champion Davidov, Group 3 winner Florentino, and Grade 2-placed Light My Fuse.

The colt was offered at the 2013 Keeneland September yearling sale, but did not meet his reserve, with a final bid of $375,000. He was consigned as agent on Wednesday by Eddie Woods, and he breezed three furlongs in :33 3/5 seconds during the pre-sale under-tack show.

Woods was the racing-age portion’s leading consignor, with three horses sold for a combined $470,000. Frankel’s purchase of the sale-topper left him as the leading buyer from the horses of racing age portion.

The open mixed session that preceded the racing-age portion continued the downward trend started by Tuesday’s consignor-select session.

OBS reported a total of 124 horses were sold during Wednesday’s open session for revenues of $608,900. That marked a 60 percent decrease from last year’s open session, when 155 horses sold for $1,508,100.

The average open-session sale price declined 50 percent from $9,730 to $4,910, while the median declined 42 percent from $5,200 to $3,000.
Topping the open session was Moored, a 3-year-old Mr. Greeley mare who sold in foal to Crown of Thorns to Machmer Hall for $52,000.

The unraced mare was bred in Kentucky and consigned as agent by Woodford Thoroughbreds. She is out of the winning Boston Harbor mare Echo Harbor, whose five winners from as many foals to race include Grade 3 winner Western Smoke and Japanese Group 2 winner A Shin Harbor. Her extended family includes Grade 2 winner Letgomyecho.

The highest-priced weanling was a Discreetly Mine filly out of the winning Wild rush mare Letha B, who went to Etarip Stables for $25,000. Consigned as agent by Triple L Sales, the filly is from the family of Grade 3 winner Dynamic Trick.

Woodford Thoroughbreds was the leading consignor of the open session, with 14 horses sold for revenues of $125,200, including the session-topping broodmare. Machmer Hall’s purchase of the session’s high-priced horse made the Kentucky-based Brogden family’s operation the session’s leading buyer.