Peace Rules Filly Tops OBS June Sale

The 2008 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s June 2-year-olds in training sale saw the number of horses sold and the gross increase over last year’s figures, while the average and median price fell off slightly during the two-day sale June 17-18 in Central Florida.

 A daughter of Peace Rulesout of Long Gone Lady, by All Gone, topped the second session and the sale by bringing a final price of $250,000 from Arch Bloodstock, agent for Avalon Farm. The filly was consigned by Shadybrook Farm (Michael Yates). The bay filly, whose three eighths in :33 2/5  June 15 was the sale’s co-fastest at the distance. She is a half-sister to stakes-placed Britten’s Beauty. 

The sale topper was originally purchased for $110,000 by Joe Brocklebank, agent, at the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale. Bred in New York by New Dawn Stud, the filly was consigned by Peacock Ridge, agent.

For the sale, OBS reported 352 horses sold to gross $7,720,700. The average was $21,934 and the median $13,000. The buy-back rate was 18.1%.

Thirty two horses sold for $50,000 or more, compared with 33 in 2007. Fourteen sold for $100,000 or more compared with nine last year.

Compared to last year’s figures, the number of horses sold increased 14.29% from 308, while the gross jumped 13.64% from $6,794,900 in 2007. The average fell 0.58% from $22,061 and the median dropped 7.14% from $14,000. The buy-back rate in 2007 was 32.3%.

During the second session, a filly by Exchange Rate  consigned by Stephens Thoroughbreds, agent for Vision Sales, was sold to Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey for $170,000. The gray or roan filly, whose eighth in :10 flat was the sale’s co-fastest at the distance, is out of Infinity, by Saint Ballado, a daughter of stakes-placed Dove Shell.

The Ramseys also went to $135,000 for Carla, a Sky Mesa  filly consigned by Wavertree Stables (Ciaran Dunne), agent. The bay filly, who also drilled an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show, is out of French Line, by Boundary, and is a half -sister to stakes- placed Yessiremychickadee.

For the session, 160 2-year-olds brought a total of $3,717,500, compared with 153 grossing $3,659,600, at the corresponding session last year, producing a 4.58% increase in the number of horses sold and a 1.58% increase in the gross. The average price was $23,234 compared with $23,919 in 2007, a decrease of 2.86%.  The median price was $13,000 compared with $14,000 a year ago, a 7.14% drop. The buyback percentage was 20.8%; it was 28.1% a year ago. Fifteen horses brought $50,000 or more compared with 19 last year.

Fifteen older horses sold for a total of $144,000, averaging $9,600 compared with eight bringing a total of $65,800, averaging $8,225 last year. 

Next on the OBS calendar is the selected sale of yearlings, set for Aug. 18, and the open sale of yearlings, scheduled for Aug.19-22.

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