01/27/2016 6:56PM

Two Curlin yearlings top consignor-preferred session at OBS


A pair of yearlings by the fast-rising stallion Curlin topped the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. winter mixed sale’s consignor-preferred session on Wednesday, but the overall figures lagged behind last year’s corresponding day of selling.

A total of 132 horses changed hands Wednesday for $2,324,400, down 8 percent from the 2015 consignor-preferred portion, where 128 horses brought $2,520,000. The average sale price dipped 10 percent from $19,688 to $17,745, while the median fell 13 percent from $10,100 to $8,750.

Yearlings were the highlight of the session, accounting for seven of the day’s top 10 prices, including the four most expensive offerings.

Topping the session was a Curlin colt out of the stakes-placed Eavesdropper mare Tapaline who sold to Redbud Partnership for $150,000. Bred in Kentucky by Golden Pedigree LLC, the colt is a sibling to one runner, Wiredancer by Bluegrass Cat, who has placed in four of five starts. He is from the extended family of Grade 2 winner Gourami and Puerto Rican champion Dreamin of Victory. Select Sales consigned the colt as agent.

The session’s second-most-expensive offering, also by Curlin, sold to Tyra Holdings for $145,000. The dark bay or brown filly was bred in Florida by Harriet Finkelstein and Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds and is out of the placed Capote mare Capote Blues, whose two winners from seven runners are the Grade 2 winner Blues Street and the Grade 3-placed Beale Street.

The filly hails from the family of Grade 1-winning second dam Stormy Blues and Storm Street, a Horse of the Year in Trinidad and Tobago. She was consigned as agent by Kim Harrison.

Leading the broodmares was the stakes-placed Love You Crazy, who sold to Maria Haire for $85,000. The 12-year-old Touch Gold mare sold pregnant by record-setting juvenile sire Uncle Mo, which would be her sixth foal. Her first two foals to race are both winners.

Love You Crazy is out of the multiple stakes-winning Friendly Lover mare Moonlight Affair, who produced two winners from five runners, including the stakes-placed Sacred Ground. On her own, Love You Crazy won three of 19 starts for earnings of $96,854 and finished in the money in the Ontario Lassie Stakes at Woodbine.

Love You Crazy was consigned as agent by Boutte Sales, operated by Lynne Boutte, who purchased the mare at the 2015 Equine Sales Co. of Louisiana open yearling and mixed sale in October for $55,000. It was the second time the mare changed hands at auction that year, having sold in foal to Smiling Tiger at the Barretts January mixed sale for $5,500.

Beth Bayer was the session’s top consignor by gross, with 15 horses sold for $369,300. Leading the consignment was a $100,000 colt from the first crop of Shanghai Bobby who sold to Douglas Arnold.

Redbud Partnership was the day’s leading buyer on the lone strength of the session-topping purchase.

The OBS winter mixed sale concludes Thursday with open and horses-of-racing-age sections, as well as supplemental catalog entries, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Eastern.