OBS Fall Mixed Sale Gets Off to Fast Start

Gross, average, and median increase from a year ago in consignor preferred session.

The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. fall mixed sale roared out of the starting gate and surged well ahead of last year’s pace during its consignor preferred session. The gross increased 51.9% while the average price rose 7.3%. The median price, meanwhile, advanced 17.6%.

A weanling son of Scat Daddy was the day’s most expensive horse, bringing $55,000 Oct. 16 in Central Florida. Tom McCrocklin, agent, purchased the colt from Bobby Jones Equine, agent.

Bred in Florida by Canyon Lake Thoroughbreds, the chestnut weanling is a half brother to the winners August Romance (by Dance Master), First in Fashion (by Fire Slam), R Sexy Love (by Commendable), and Tenure Track (by Commendable). Their dam, the winning Gilded Time mare Placerita, is a half sister to Singing Heart (by Palace Music), who captured the 1997 Doubledogdare Stakes at Keeneland.

The results for the session included a gross of $1,689,900 for the 119 horses that were sold. The average price was $14,201 and the median price was $10,000.

The buy-back rate fell to 20.7% from 30% in 2011, when 84 horses were sold.

The fall mixed auction will end Oct. 17 with an open session that is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. (EDT).