04/27/2017 7:40PM

Tiznow colt sells for $2.45 million during bustling OBS sale session

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Thursday’s penultimate session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training carried on the bustling pace of the previous two days, topped by an OBS-record $2.45 million Tiznow colt and a pair of $1 million juveniles backing him up.

The day saw 171 horses sold for $17,397,500, up 24 percent from last year’s third session, where 164 juveniles brought $13,987,500.

Thursday’s average sale price spiked 19 percent to $101,740 from $85,290, while the median rose 3 percent to $50,000 from $48,500. The buyback rate finished at a pristine 13 percent, down from 23 percent during last year’s comparable session.

A trio of horses led the proceedings with seven-figure prices, up from one during last year’s third session. Those three horses were also the only ones to eclipse $500,000, still doing one better than last year, while horses sold for $250,000 or more rose to 15 from 12. Total six-figure purchases dropped slightly to 42 from 44.

John Moynihan, bloodstock adviser for Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Stables, signed the ticket on the $2.45 million Tiznow colt as agent for M.V. Magnier of the Coolmore partnership, marking the latest auction strike by the high-powered duo.

The price surpassed the previous record for an offering at the OBS auction house 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 Interitance and has won one of five starts.

Thursday’s record-setter 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 3/5 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.

The other horse to tie for the breeze show’s fastest furlong brought $1 million later in the session, when a More Than Ready filly out of the Grade 2-placed Clever Trick mare Miss Mary Apples sold to U.A.E.-based Al Aasfa Racing. The filly was bred in Kentucky by Katierich Farm and was consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.

A third horse passed the seven-figure mark near the end of the session when Red Baron’s Barn and Rancho Temescal teamed up on a $1 million Union Rags colt out of the A.P. Indy mare Poco Mas. The half-brother to Argentine Group 2 winner Carinosa was bred in Kentucky by Mount Brilliant Farm and was consigned at the OBS spring sale by Paul Sharp, agent.

Dodd finished the session as the leading consignor by gross, with seven horses sold for $3,141,500, led by the record-setting Tiznow colt. The partnership of Moynihan and Magnier was the day’s top buyer on the strength of the lone record-setting purchase.

After three sessions, a total of 521 horses changed hands for $47,382,700, outpacing last year’s $37,998,500 from 494 horses sold by 25 percent. The average sale price was up 18 percent to $90,946 from $76,920, while the median tracked 4 percent ahead at $47,000 from $45,000.

The sale concludes Friday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Eastern.

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