Numbers Soar as OBSC June Sale Concludes With Record Average

Edited from OBSC reports
Urge to Splurge, a Successful Appeal   filly whose three eighths of a mile workout in :33 3/5 was co-fastest at the distance at Sunday's Under Tack Show session, was purchased for $200,000 by Carrol Castille to top the second and final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2004 June Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age. Consigned by Norman E. CasseĀs Cardinal Hill Farm, the bay filly is out of stakes-placed Half Mast, (by Tunerup

True Kiss, a filly by Is It True consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, for the Estate of John Franks, was purchased by F. Thomas Conway for $150,000. The dark bay or brown filly, out of Kissin Rene (by Kissin Kris), a half sister to graded stakes winner Prince of the Mt., worked an eighth of a mile in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show.

A Holy Bull filly consigned by Reno Equine, went to D.B. Thoroughbreds for $110,000. The gray or roan filly, who zipped a quarter in :21 1/5 at the Under Tack Show, is out of Disco Doll (by Diesis), and is a half-sister to stakes winner Cherokee's Disco.

For the session, 140 horses sold for a total of $3,574,700, compared with 118 horses bringing $2,290,800 at the corresponding session last year. The average price was $$25,534, up 31.5% from $19,414 a year ago, while the median price was $17,000, a 70% increase from $10,000 in 2003.

Seventeen older horses grossed $144,000, averaging $8,471, compared with six bringing $90,700 and averaging $15,117 last year. The buyback percentage was 20.9%, down from 32.5% in 2003.

For the entire sale, 314 juveniles were sold for a total of $7,394,600, compared with 249 2-year-olds grossing $4,584,500 at last year's June sale. The average price was a June sale record $23,550, up 28% from $18,412 in 2003, surpassing the old mark of $18,961 set in 2002. The overall median was $16,000, up 68.4% from $9,500 a year ago, while the buyback percentage dropped to 19.3% from 32.1% a year ago.

Castille was the sale's leading buyer with five horses for a total of $443,000 followed by Narvick International with 41 for a total of $403,700. Thirty-six horses sold for $50,000 or more compared with 20 in 2003.

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