Tale of the Cat Yearling Tops OBS Finale

Filly went to Bill Fleming for $57,000 during open session of winter mixed sale.

A yearling filly by Tale of the Cat  was sold to Bill Fleming for $57,000 Jan. 16 to top the open session of Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s 2013 winter mixed sale.

The bay filly, Hip No. 630, is out of stakes winner She’s Sensational, by Point Given. Bred in Florida by Farm III Enterprises and Off The Hook Partners, the session-topper was consigned by Summerfield (Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck), agent. Farm III had purchased She's Sensational, then in foal to Sky Mesa, for $150,000 from the Three Chimneys Sales consignment to the 2010 Keeneland November sale.

For the session, 164 horses sold for a total of $1,153,300, compared with 175 bringing $1,305,100 at the corresponding session last year. The average was $7,032 compared with $7,458 in 2012 while the median price was $4,350 compared with $4,500 a year ago. The buyback rate was 33.9% compared to 25.5% in 2012.

At Tuesday’s consignor preferred session, 93 horses grossed $1,681,900 compared with 71 horses selling for a total of $1,267,000 last year. The average price was $18,085, a gain of 1.3% from $17,845 a year ago, while the median price was $14,000 compared with $15,000 in 2012. The buyback percentage was 35.4%; it was 29% a year ago.

For the horses of racing age section Tuesday, 103 horses brought a total of $1,608,500 compared with 75 horses grossing $1,040,200 in 2012. The average price was $15,617, up 12.6% from $13,869 last year, while the median price was $8,000, up 14.3% compared to $7,000 in 2012. The buyback percentage was 22.6%; it was 24.2% last year.

On the final day, Fleming also bought a yearling filly by Summer Bird consigned by Beth Bayer, agent, for $35,000. The dark bay or brown filly, Hip No. 438, is out of Cape North, by Capote. She is a half sister to stakes winner Fufty Two and had been purchased by MJK Bloodstock for $16,000 at the 2012 Keeneland November horses of all ages sale.

Nick de Meric, agent, went to $35,000 for Hip No. 539, a yearling filly by High Cotton consigned by 4 M Ranch, agent. The dark bay or brown filly is out of King’s Pact, by Slewacide, and is a half sister to stakes winner Thoroughly. The filly was bred in Louisiana by 4M Ranch, which had acquired King's Pact, then in foal to High Cotton, for $6,500 at the 2012 OBS winter sale.

A City Zip filly, Hip No. 569 consigned by Beth Bayer, agent, was purchased by Tomas Vargas for $35,000. The chestnut filly is out of Mist Ya, by Runaway Groom, a daughter of graded stakes placed Victory Party.

The sale topper at the two-day event was Hip No. 297, Falling Sky, a 3-year-old colt by Lion Heart consigned by Off the Hook, and sold to Justin Casse, agent, for $425,000. The colt, out of stakes placed Sea Dragoness, by Sea Hero, was a winner at first asking, a good fourth in the Inaugural Stakes on opening day at Tampa Bay Downs, and scored in a Gulfstream Park allowance race Dec. 15 in his only other start.

Next on the OBS agenda is the March Selected Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training set for March 12-13.  The Under Tack Show is scheduled for March 7-8. The OBS "Day of Champions" races will be run March 11.

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