The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's winter mixed sale that ended on Tuesday in Central Florida produced results that were both positive and negative. The 494 horses sold grossed $4,231,900 and averaged of $8,567. Compared to last year's figures, the number sold and gross dropped by 27.8% and 21.5%, respectively. The average rose by 8.5%. In 2001, the 683 horses sold grossed $5,393,400 and averaged $7,897.The auction last for two days last year compared to four this year.
Southern Swing, a Dixieland Band mare in foal to Eltish, sold for $42,000 to top the open session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's winter mied sale on Tuesday. She was purchased by Tom McCrocklin, agent. The 8-year-old bay mare, consigned by Live Oak Stud, is out of stakes-winning Lien (by Never Bend), the dam of graded winner Jaded Dancer and stakes winner Nephrite.
The session's high-priced yearling was a colt by champion Favorite Trick, out of Colony Rose, by Pleasant Colony. He was bought by Mac Fehsenfeld for $30,000 from Lakland, agent.
In all, 250 horses sold for a gross of $1,313,500, compared with 390 horses bringing $1,671,200 in two open sessions a year ago. The average price was $5,254, an increase of 22.6% from the $4,285 in last year' open sessions. The median price was $3,700, an increase of 23.3% over the $3,000 median price in 2001 while the buyback percentage dropped to 18.3% from 24.2% a year ago. Gene Palmieri, was the session's leading buyer, taking home two for $52,000, followed by Mac Fehsenfeld with two for $47,000 .
During Monday's consignor preferred session, 244 horses were sold for a total of $2,918,400. The average was $11,961. The median was $6,500. And the buy-back percentage was 17.8%. Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey, were the session's leading buyers and the session topper was a yearling colt by Maria's Mon out of the winning Farma Way mare Cowgirl. The colt sold for $160,000 to the Ramseys. He was consigned by Nancy Bauman, agent for Bob Seeger.