The prices at the first session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.'s 2012 June sale of 2-year-olds and horses of racing age June 19 helped make for some good times. The average was $23,456, up 12.7% from $20,810 a year ago, while the median price rose 68.4% to $16,000 from $9,500 in 2011. The buyback percentage was 21.3%; it was 27.3% a year ago. Twenty-four horses sold for $50,000 or more, compared with 14 at the corresponding session in 2011.
An Unbridled's Song colt consigned by McKathan Bros., agent, went to Blinkers On Racing Stable for $200,000 to top the first. The gray or roan colt, Hip 56, whose eighth of a mile in :10 flat was the co-fastest at the Under Tack Show, is out of Kauai Calls, by Fusaichi Pegasus , and is a bred similarly to grade II winner Old Fashioned. By Unbridled’s Song, Old Fashioned is a half brother to Kauai Calls.
J.J. Pletcher went to $190,000 for Hip No. 103, a colt by Montbrook consigned by Ocala Stud. The bay colt, whose quarter in :21 1/5 on Friday was the session’s co-fastest at the distance, is out of the Trippi mare Lucky Trip, a full sister to stakes winners Dream of Angels and Candrea.
Hip No. 134, a colt by Bernstein consigned by Wavertree Stables Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), agent, was sold to Steve Dwoskin, Ray Trisler, and Wayne Lobdell for $150,000. The bay colt, which also worked an eighth in :10 flat on Friday, is out of stakes winner Miss Mambo, by Kingmambo, and is a full brother to stakes winner Race to Urga.
Hip No. 274, a Circular Quay filly that worked a quarter in :21 1/5 on Saturday, went to Journeyman Bloodstock, agent, for $150,000. The bay filly, consigned by Gayle Woods, agent, is out of the Indian Charlie mare Sister Charlie, a half sister to stakes-placed Hammers Terror.
Dennis O’Neill paid $145,000 for Hip No. 147, a colt by Malibu Moon consigned by Rice Horse Stables, agent. The bay colt, who worked an eighth in :10 2/5 Friday, is out of the stakes-winning Storm Cat mare Mycatcandance, a full sister to grade I stakes winner Consolidator.
Hip No. 18, a Hard Spun filly consigned by Crupi’s New Castle Farm was sold to Elisabeth H. Alexander for $100,000. The dark bay or brown filly, whose quarter in :21 1/5 was co-fastest at the distance on Friday, is out of the stakes-placed Royal Academy mare Honeypenny, a half sister to graded stakes winner Millie’s Quest.
For the session, 211 horses sold for a total of $4,949,300, compared with 176 bringing a total of $3,662,500 at last year’s first session.
The sale concludes Wednesday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Hip No.’s 341 – 723 will go through the ring.
Wednesday’s session will again be streamed live via the OBS website at obssales.com and via The Blood-Horse and Daily Racing Form websites. Under Tack videos are available on the website, in their entirety or by individual hip number.
For catalogs or more information regarding the OBS June Sale or OBS website, please call (352) 237-2154.