Hip No. 1121, a colt by Quality Road, topped the final session at $390,000.

Hip No. 1121, a colt by Quality Road, topped the final session at $390,000.

Joseph DiOrio

4-Day OBS June Sale Ends on Successful Note

Average, median held steady in extended selling; Quality Road colt brings $390,000.

The final session of Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s June 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale June 20 successfully brought the curtain down on this year's juvenile auction season.

For the entire four-day auction, 706 head generated a June sale record $22,498,300 in total receipts, surpassing the previous standard set during last year's two-day venue when 439 horses sold for $14,596,700.

The average price was $31,867, down slightly from last year's two-day sale average of $33,250. The $20,000 median price equaled last year's sale record figure. The buy-back percentage was 20.7% compared to 21.6% in 2013.

"After four days I think the sale held up very well," said OBS president Tom Ventura. "With the large catalog we expected gross sales to be up, but for average to be right there compared to last year, the median price equaling last year's number and slightly fewer buy-backs, we're very pleased with the results."

A total of 144 head changed hands on the last day, registering total sales of $4,724,300. The average price for the session was $32,808 and median price was $16,000. The buy-back percentage was 27.3%. There was no corresponding session in 2013.

In the horses of racing age portion of the catalog which closed out the day, 26 lots sold for $262,000 compared with eight horses sold in the session last year for $86,000. The average was $10,077 compared with $10,750 in 2013 while the median was $6,500; it was $8,000 a year ago. The buy-back percentage was 13.3% compared to 50% last year.

Topping the final session was the second-highest priced horse of the entire sale, hip No. 1121, a colt by Quality Road  consigned by Wavertree Stables (Ciaran Dunne), agent, who sold for $390,000 to Conquest Stables on a phone bid from trainer Mark Casse.

"He looked like the man to me," said Casse of the session topper who breezed a quarter mile in :21 flat at the under-tack preview. "He has a nice way of going. I liked him all week. Ciaran had a lot of confidence in him, he is high on him. Plus, I like Quality Road."

Bred by Westrock Stables in Kentucky, the handsome gray or roan colt is the first foal produced from the Unbridled's Song mare Pirate Queen.

Consigned by Baccari Bloodstock on behalf of his breeder to the 2013 Keeneland September sale, the colt failed to meet his reserve and was an RNA at $300,000.

"He's a smashing horse," said Dunne. "He was a beautiful yearling. We were fortunate enough to get him. The breeders bought him back at Keeneland. He had a little hiccup in January and we wound up here.

"It seems like the cream rises to the top," Dunne added. "I don't think anyone here missed him. We're excited. This is a good way to finish the year."

John Moynihan, agent for Stonestreet Stables, signed the $270,000 ticket on hip No. 1070, a Scat Daddy colt out of the winning Silver Deputy mare Noshameinmygame, a half sister to stakes winner Happy Humor.

Consigned by Harris Training Center, the dark bay or brown colt turned in the fastest quarter of a mile for a 2-year-old ever at Ocala Training Center, getting the distance in :20 1/5 at the under-tack preview.

Harris Training Center acquired the colt for $100,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale out of the Equus Farm consignment. He was a $120,000 RNA earlier this year at the OBS March sale.

"He's fast. He had one of the fastest works I've ever seen here," Moynihan said. "He looks like he'll be precocious, so we figured we'd take a shot."

Hip No. 1052, a gray or roan daughter of Tapit  out of the multiple graded stakes winner My Trusty Cat, by Tale of the Cat , brought $240,000 from Patrice Miller of EQB Inc., agent.

Consigned by Tami Bobo's Secure Investments, the filly worked an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5.

Bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm and consigned to last year's Keeneland September sale by Taylor Made Sales Agency, the filly was a $90,000 pinhook for Secure Investments.

Entered in this year's Fasig-Tipton Florida sale, she failed to meet her reserve and left the ring on a final bid of $195,000.

"She had been (in the sale) at Adena Springs and came up with a little issue," related Miller. "It seems like the people (Secure Investments) have done the right thing by her. She's a beautiful filly. She had a great workout. We thought she was exceptionally good-minded for a Tapit."

The overall sale topper was hip No. 756, a filly from the last crop of Indian Charlie who attracted a final bid of $500,000 from John and Leslie Malone's Bridlewood Farm during the sale's third session June 19.

Longtime Bridlewood general manager George Isaacs signed the ticket on the filly, who was bred in Kentucky out of the winning Miswaki mare Greyciousness and is a half sister to grade I winner The Factor.

The sale topper breezed a quarter of a mile in :21 1/5 at the under-tack preview for consignor Eddie Woods.

Woods led all other consignors for the sale, selling 24 head for $1,742,500.

Buyers from South Korea, purchasing under the banner of S.R.O.A., led all buyers with 38 juveniles to the tune of $879,500. Conquest Stables was the second-leading buyer, spending $754,000 on four head.

Next on the OBS calendar is the selected sale of yearlings set for Aug. 26, followed by the open sale of yearlings Aug. 27-28.