OBS June Sale Hits Stride in Third Session

OBS June Sale Hits Stride in Third Session
Photo: Joseph DiOrio
A bay filly from Indian Charlie's final crop topped the sale's third session on a final bid of $500,000 on June 19.

Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s four-day June sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age finally hit its best stride in the third session June 19.

Following two days of steady trading June 17-18 to open the auction, the sale's pace picked up notably Thursday to kick off book two of the catalog.

For the session, 196 horses generated total sales of $6,545,900, averaging $33,397 with a $17,000 median price. The buy-back percentage was 14.8%. There was no corresponding session in 2013.

"Today's session seemed solid," said Tom Ventura, OBS president. "I thought it went very well. If we can keep this pace one more day with some interest at the top end and keep buy-backs low, we'll be in good shape."

Cumulative totals over the sale's first three days show 550 head sold for gross sales of $17,532,000. Average price is $31,876 and median price is $20,000. During last year's two-day sale, 439 head sold for a total of $14,596,700. Last year's sale averaged $33,250 and the median price was $20,000.

A bay filly from Indian Charlie's final crop topped the sale's third session on a final bid of $500,000 from John and Leslie Malone's Bridlewood Farm.

Bidding on the popular filly was fast and furious with many of the sale's high-end buyers in attendance participating in the action.

At the fall of the hammer, Bridlewood Farm's longtime general manager George Isaacs signed the ticket on the filly (hip No. 756), who is out of the winning Miswaki mare Greyciousness and is a half sister to multiple grade I winner The Factor  .

Bred in Kentucky by SF Bloodstock, the filly breezed a quarter of a mile in :21 1/5 at the under tack preview for consignor Eddie Woods.

"Our goal at the new Bridlewood is to build a successful racing and breeding operation one horse at a time," said Isaacs.

"She checked all the 'P' boxesphysical, pedigree and performance," Isaacs added. "She has built-in residual value. Indian Charlie was a highly regarded sire and they're not making any more of them. I love the fact that she is such a beautiful physical. She'll make a great broodmare after we're done racing her."

Entered in Fasig-Tipton's Florida sale at Adena Springs South earlier this year, the filly was scratched after working an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5. Woods regrouped and pointed her to the June sale.

"She's been a classy filly all along," said Eddie Woods. "She would have brought a lot of money at Adena Springs but she came up with a little misdemeanor.

"I didn't think she would bring $500,000," Woods added. "I didn't think the market here could sustain that. I thought if she got to $400,000 that would be huge. All the right guys were on her. She has that forever value. She acts like a stakes horse, very classy acting. She's beautiful."

Bob Feld, as agent for Sagamore Farm, went to $260,000 for hip No. 798, a filly by Medaglia d'Oro   out of the multiple graded stakes winner Hostess, by Chester House.

Consigned by Niall Brennan, agent, the half sister to winner Z Maitre D, breezed a furlong in :10 2/5 at the under-tack preview. Bred in New York by Gallagher's Stud, the bay filly sold to Sarazen and Talus Stables for $170,000 out of the Denali Stud consignment at last year's Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale.

"You can't go wrong with the stallion," said Feld. "She breezed well, (she has) good conformation. With our program at Sagamore, having broodmares, it's kind of a win-win. We obviously hope she's going to be a graded stakes winner, but even if she shows some type of talent we'll definitely put her in the broodmare band."

Sagamore, with Feld as agent, also bought hip No. 661, a Lookin at Lucky   colt consigned by Gayle Woods, agent for Phaedrus Flights, post sale for $125,000. The half brother to Earth Living, stakes-placed in Japan, is out of the winning Tabasco Cat mare Etoufee.

Hip No. 825, a colt from the first crop of Midshipman   consigned by Eisaman Equine, agent, sold to Donato Lanni, agent for The Three Amigos, for $240,000.

The half brother to graded stakes winner The Niagara Queen is produced from the unraced Lord at War (ARG) mare Inspirational.

Bred in Kentucky by Woodford Thoroughbreds and sold to Eisaman Equine by his breeder for $43,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale, the colt breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 at the under-tack preview.

"He looks like he will stretch out and go two turns," said Lanni. "I love Lord at War on the bottom. He looks like he's a professional and they (Eisaman Equine) have taken care of him. It's his first sale as well, and I like that."

Lanni also bought hip No. 641 for $110,000 on behalf of The Three Amigos. The son of Candy Ride   (ARG), consigned by Thoroughbred Champions Training Center, is out of stakes-placed Dyna Del, by Dynaformer. The colt worked an eighth in a co-bullet :10 flat at the under-tack preview.

Early in the session, hip No. 603, a son of Curlin  Delta Rhythm, by A.P. Indy, consigned by Stephens Thoroughbreds, sold for $210,000 to Sky Chai Racing on a phone bid.

It was the chestnut colt's second trip through the sales pavilion at OBS. He failed to reach his reserve at the April sale where left the ring on a final bid of $87,000.

SJT Farm acquired the colt for $37,000 out of the Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services consignment at the 2013 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.

"He's a nice colt," said John Stephens. "When he was here in April he was very immature. I told the people that saw him and liked him in April that he's only going to get better. He worked in :10 3/5 in April and came back and worked :10 1/5 here. He should keep moving forward. He's a real solid, athletic individual."

The June sale's final session begins at 10:30 a.m. on June 20 with hip No.'s 901-1216 slated to sell. It will be streamed live at www.bloodhorse.com/OBS.

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