The price for an individual horse peaked at $45,000 on the third day of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. yearling sale, with three lots each bringing that amount Aug. 26 in Central Florida. They were a Stormy Atlantic – La Defense colt, a Put It Back – Lovely Lyric colt, and a Pomeroy – Misty Springs filly.
Mc Brothers purchased the Stormy Atlantic colt, which is a half-brother to stakes winner Quelle Surprise (by Slew Gin Fizz), from Barbara and Francis Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield sales agency, agent. Bo Hunt, agent, bought the Put It Back colt from Summerfield, agent. And Vinery Stables acquired the Pomeroy filly, which is a member of her sire’s first crop, from Big C Farm.
The 185 yearlings that sold during the second of the auction’s three open sessions grossed $1,352,200 and averaged $7,309. Their median price was $4,500. Compared to a year ago, when 226 horses were sold during the comparable session, the gross fell 33.6% from $2,036,000. The average price declined 18.9% from $9,009, and the median dropped 18.2% from $5,500.
The buy-back/no bid rate rose from 30.5% in 2008 to 32.5% in 2009.
The sale, which began its four-day run Aug. 24 with a select session, ends Aug. 27. The final session will start at 10:30 a.m. (EDT).