A full brother to Eclipse champion Stardom Bound sold to Gerald Frankel for $370,000 to top the first ever horses of racing age section of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s fall mixed sale Oct. 15 in Ocala, Fla.
Sold at Wednesday's session as hip No. 532, the son of Tapit —My White Corvette, by Tarr Road was consigned by Eddie Woods, agent.
"He was a super horse all year," said Woods of the bay colt who worked three furlongs in :33 3/5 at Monday's under-tack preview. "He was going to be a great horse at the April sale, but he chipped an ankle. He's definitely a special kind of horse, and he's supposed to sell like that."
Yet to race, the 2-year-olds colt's full sister Stardom Bound banked more than $1.8 million in a stellar racing career. The champion 2-year-old filly of 2008, Stardom Bound annexed that year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park and also collected four additional grade I events.
"It's very important to this sale to have a horse like that," said Tom Ventura, OBS president. "It's the first time we've had horses of racing age in this sale, so our hats are off to the consignor for bringing a horse of that quality to this sale. It should help us continue attracting horses of similar quality down the road."
The second highest price horse of the session was hip No. 554, an unraced daughter of Medaglia d'Oro who sold to Amy Tarrant for $180,000. The 2-year-old filly worked three-eighths in :32 3/5, the co-fastest at the distance at the breeze show, and was consigned by Gayle Woods, agent. The dark bay or brown filly is produced from the winning Giant's Causeway mare Seeknfind, a half sister to stakes winner Seeking the Dia.
For the racing age section, a total of 50 horses sold for gross sales of $1,308,500, averaging $26,170. The median price was $11,750 and buy-backs came in at 27.5%.
Topping the day's open session was Moored (hip No. 323), who sold to Machmer Hall for $52,000. Consigned by her breeder, Woodford Thoroughbreds, the 3-year-old is by Mr. Greeley—Echo Harbor, by Boston Harbor, and she sold in foal to Crown of Thorns.
Moored's 2-year-old half brother by Lookin At Lucky , One Lucky Dane, was a 9 1/2-length winner of a maiden special weight at Santa Anita Oct. 4.
The top-priced weanling of the open session was hip No. 365, a Discreetly Mine filly consigned by Triple L Sales, agent, who sold to Etarip Stables for $25,000. The bay filly is out of Letha B, by Wild Rush, and was bred in Kentucky by April Mayberry and Lisa Arredondo.
All told in the open session, 124 horses generated total receipts of $608,900, down nearly 60% compared with 155 selling for $1,508,100 in 2013. The average price fell nearly 50% to $4,910, compared with $9,730 a year ago. Median price was $3,000; it was $5,200 last year, and the buy-back percentage was 31.5%, compared to 16.7% a year ago.
Ventura responding to the declines in the open session, said, "It's a reflection of the unforgiving nature of the buyers on the mares that either had some blemish on their pedigree or had some age on them. That lower end of the market certainly was a difficult place to be today."
Alexandra's Grace, a 5-year-old mare in foal to Bodemeister , sold for $120,000 to Ken and Sarah Ramsey to top the previous day's consignor preferred session.