Diligence Filly Tops First Open Session Of OBS Yearling Sale
A Diligence filly sold for $85,000 Tuesday to top the first open session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale. New Jersey bloodstock agent Buzz Chace purchased the Florida-bred filly for William Lickle, a prominent owner of steeplechase horses. Lickle, according to Chace, is becoming increasingly interested in flat racing."If she had more pedigree, she would be a $300,000 horse," said Chace of the muscular filly. "She is beautiful."By a first crop sire, the filly was produced from the 7-year-old Apalachee mare Indian Saint, who raced but did not win. The filly's second dam, Saintly Haint (by Boldwood), captured the restricted Ak-Sar-Ben Lassie Stakes. The OBS session topper is a half-sister to the winner Tomica (by J.R. Tobin), who finished second in the Drop Me A Note Stakes at Monmouth Park.The session's highest-priced colt was a $77,000 son of Montbrook out of the 17-year-old stakes-winning mare Little Emotion (by Nonparrell). Consigned by Sugar Hill Farm, agent for McMaster Farm, the Florida-bred yearling was purchased by Trio Loco.In all, 180 horses were sold for gross revenues of $1,966,800 and an average price of $10,927. The gross was down by 13.4% from last year's comparable session, but the average was up by 2.1%. The median price was $5,500, down by 21.4% from 2000. The buy-back rate was 30.0%, with 77 of the 257 horses offered failing to find new homes. Last year's buy-back rate was 25.3%.Through the first two days this year, 311 horses were sold for a gross of $7,740,800 and an average of 24,890. Through the same point in 2000, 406 horses were sold for a gross of $10,481,900 and an average of $25,817. Last year's figures included the annual consignment from Mockingbird Farm that grossed $3,202,500. There was no such consignment from Mockingbird this year because the farm has dispersed its horses.
by Deirdre B. Biles
Date Posted: 8/21/2001 6:55:01 PM
Last Updated: 8/23/2001 9:25:35 AM
The OBS August yearling sale continues through Friday in Central Florida, with each session beginning at 11 a.m. (EDT). It began on Monday with a select session.
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