Big Drama Colt Leads OBS Select Session
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Hip #75, a colt by Big Drama, brought $230,000 to top the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s August selected sale of yearlings Aug. 26.
Big Drama generated plenty of headlines during a stellar racing career, and the 2010 champion sprinter and multimillionaire is now a distinguished young stallion.
A colt from Big Drama's initial crop sold to George Bolton for $230,000 to top the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s August selected sale of yearlings Aug. 26. 
John Moynihan signed the ticket on the session-topping colt, who sold as Hip No. 75.
"George has had success in the past buying horses by first-crop sires," said Moynihan, "and this is a beautiful horse, just gorgeous."
Consigned by Beth Bayer, agent, the Florida-bred colt is out of the stakes-winning and stakes-producing mare Doc's Doll. The chestnut colt was bred by Dr. and Mrs. James Gamble and is a half brother to stakes winner Gator Brew and stakes-placed Montessa G.
It didn't take long for Bayer to warm to the handsome colt.
"I can only say one thing about him," Bayer related, "I got goose bumps the first time I saw him."
Big Drama, who won 10 stakes, including the 2010 Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), and earned more than $2.7 million, stands in Ocala, Fla. at HallMarc Stallions. 
"We are thrilled with the enthusiasm being shown for Big Drama's first crop," said Lisa Simoff, director of bloodstock services at HallMarc Stallions. "We've never wavered in our belief in Big Drama's potential as a sire and it's rewarding to see buyers sharing that confidence. Big Drama was everything you could ask for in a racehorse and he's well on his way to success as a sire."
Bred and campaigned during his racing career by Harold Queen, Florida-bred Big Drama stands as the property of Queen and Marc Haisfield of HallMarc Stallions. The son of Montbrook--Riveting Drama, by Notebook, stood the 2014 breeding season for $10,000.
"It's very gratifying," Queen said of Big Drama's session topper. "We've always had a lot of confidence in him (as a stallion) and his tremendous heart."
Two horses ranked as the co-second highest price of the day, each selling for $185,000.
Hip No. 21, a Florida-bred colt by Curlin  , also consigned by Bayer as agent, sold to Juan Vazquez, agent for John Patitucci.
Bred by Double Diamond Farm, the bay colt is out of the Awesome Again   mare Awesome Fleet, a half sister to 200 champion 3-yar-old male and classic winner Afleet Alex   and stakes winner Unforgettable Max, who was multiple graded stakes-placed.
Nick de Meric signed the ticket on Hip No. 41, a colt by Broken Vow   out of the stakes-placed Lion Heart mare Cameron Crazies consigned by Summerfield (Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck), agent. 
Bred in Florida by Rustlewood Farm, the chestnut colt is a half brother to Prudhoe Bay, who also went through the ring at the OBS August sale and recently won the Jersey Shore Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth Park.
"He has a wonderful disposition," noted de Meric. "He is a very relaxed colt and he handled the entire sales process with aplomb. More than that, he's a beautiful individual. He looks like a two-turn horse. He has a fabulous update in the pedigree and he looks to have everything going for him. We're excited to have him."
Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Plantation went to $150,000 to secure the bid on Hip No. 24, a Florida-bred daughter of Yes It's True consigned by BryLynn Farm Inc. The bay filly, a half sister to graded stakes winner Circle Unbroken, is out of stakes winner and graded stakes-placed Baldomera, by Doneraile Court.
Live Oak also acquired Hip No. 29, a bay colt by Yes It's True out of stakes winner Big Miss, by Chief Honcho, for $150,000. The Kentucky-bred colt was consigned by Summerfield.
Bradley Thoroughbred Brokerage signed the $150,000 ticket for Hip No. 132, a Warrior's Reward   filly from the consignment of Woodford Thoroughbreds. The dark bay or brown filly, a half sister to graded stakes winner The Niagara Queen, was produced from the Lord At War mare Inspirational.
For the day, 161 horses sold for a total of $7,597,200, compared with 143 grossing $7,705,000 at the 2013 selected session. The average price was $47,188, a 12.4% decline while the median of $35,000 dropped 16.6% from the corresponding session a year ago.
The buy-back percentage rose substantially to 30.9% from 13.3% in 2013. Seventeen horses sold for $100,000 or more compared with 12 at last year's sale.
"Buy-backs were certainly higher than we expected," said OBS president Tom Ventura. "There was good activity, good traffic in the barns that in some cases just didn't translate to a sale in the ring. I think we'll close that gap somewhat with post-sale transactions.
"A real positive for this sale was that we had end-users playing," Ventura added. "Ike and Dawn Thrash and Live Oak were well represented (in the results). It was also nice, for Florida, specifically, that a first-crop sire in Big Drama had the big horse."
Summerfield led all other consignors for the session, selling 22 horses for $1,423,500. Bayer followed with sales of $895,000 on 18 yearlings sold.
De Meric topped all buyers on the day, spending $547,000 on six yearlings.
The sale continues on Aug. 27 with the first of two open sessions. The sale will be streamed live at beginning at 10:30 a.m. (EDT).

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