Elusive Quality Colt Sets OBS June Sale Mark

Strong final session helps power record numbers for two-day event in Ocala, Fla.

A colt by Elusive Quality brought a sale record of $350,000 to top the final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2012 June Sale of Two-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age June 20 in Ocala, Fla.

Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent, Hip. No. 653 was purchased by Hill ‘n’ Dale Bloodstock, agent, during the second session of the sale. The dark bay or brown colt, who breezed a quarter mile June 17 in :21 1/5, is out of Gypsy Hollow, by Dixieland Band, and is a half brother to stakes winners Gipson Desert and Dixie Emperor.

The previous June record sale price was $310,000 paid for a colt by Double Honor in 2004.

Also eclipsing the previous mark was Hip No. 408, a filly by Spring At Last consigned by Eisaman Equine, agent, and sold to Justin Casse, agent, for $320,000. The chestnut filly, whose quarter in :20 4/5 June 16 was the sale’s fastest at the distance, is out of graded stakes placed Zahwah, by Rahy, a half sister to graded stakes winner Krisada.

Hip No. 599, a colt by Pulpit consigned by Sequel Bloodstock (Becky Thomas), agent, was sold to Susan Chu for $260,000. The chestnut colt, whose eighth in :10 flat equaled the sale’s fastest at the distance, is out of Exogenetic, by Unbridled's Song, and is a half brother to stakes winner Elusive Horizon.

Steven W. Young went to $210,000 for Hip No. 474, a colt by Tapit  consigned by Eddie Woods, agent. The dark bay or brown colt, who breezed a quarter in :21 4/5 JUne 16, is out of Blossomed, by Deputy Minister, a half sister to graded stakes winner Cinemine.

Nick Sallusto, agent for Jim Covello, bought Hip No. 498, a colt by Flatter  consigned by Wavertree Stables (Ciaran Dunne), agent, for $185,000. The dark bay or brown colt, whose quarter in :21 flat was co-fastest at the distance June 17, is out of stakes placed Cat Out, by Forest Wildcat.

Hip No. 381, a colt by Johannesburg consigned by McKathan Bros., agent, was sold to Dennis O’Neill for $130,000. The bay colt, who worked an eighth in :10 1/5 June 16, is out of V Sign, by Robellino, and is a half brother to stakes winners V Formation and My Silver Charm.

For the session, 181 2-year-olds grossed $5,273,800 compared with 168 bringing a total of $3,479,200 at 2011’s second session. The average was $29,137 up 40.7% compared with $20,710 last year, and the median was $15,000, up 53.8% compared to $9,750 a year ago. The buyback percentage was 30.7%; it was 26.3% in 2011.

Fourteen older horses brought a total of $112,900, averaging $8,064 with a median price of $7,000. Last year, five sold for a total of $19,400, averaging $3,880 with a $4,000 median price.

For the entire two-day sale, 395 2-year-olds sold for June Sale record total of $10,249,100, compared with 344 horses grossing $7,141,700 last year. The previous record gross of $7,720,700 was set in 2008. The average price was a sale record $25,947, up 25% from $20,761a year ago, and the median price of $15,000 was up 57.9% from $9,500 a year ago. The previous record average was $23,550 in 2004. The buyback percentage was 25.3%; it was 26.8% last year. Fifteen horses sold for $100,000 or more compared with eleven last year.

Next on the OBS schedule is the Selected Sale of Yearlings on Aug. 21, followed by the Open Sale of Yearlings Aug. 22-23.

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