By Michael Compton
The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale continued its strong run April 24 during the second session of the four-day offering in Ocala, Fla. For the second consecutive day, economic indicators remained stout.
In the second session, 197 head changed hands for a gross of $8,731,500 compared to 223 head sold during last year’s corresponding day for a $7,427,900 gross. The sale average for the session increased 36.4% to $44,322 compared to $32,502 last year. The median price rose 50% to $30,000; it was $20,000 a year ago. Buy backs came in lower at 18.9% compared to 20.1% last year.
“There was a lot of strength top to bottom,” said Tod Wojciechowski, director of sales at OBS. “It feels like a real good horse sale. We hope the momentum continues over the next two days. I know there are still a lot of good horses left to go through the ring.”
Hip No. 441, a son of Majestic Warrior, topped the second session, bringing $400,000 from Narvick International. Produced from the Mr. Greeleymare Flirtatious Miss, the colt, who was consigned by Harris Training Center, agent for Farfellow Farms, worked an eighth in :10 1/5 at the under tack preview. According to OBS officials, it appears the colt is headed to Japan.
Bred by Buck Pond Farm in Kentucky, the colt was a $47,000 purchase by Farfellow Farms at the 2010 Keeneland November sale. He failed to reach his reserve at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton July sale, where he was bought back for $34,000.
“The offspring of Majestic Warrior are really selling well,” said Robert Harris of Harris Training Center. “He’s a son of A.P. Indy and he’s a popular sire right now. This colt is a neat horse. It seemed like all the right buyers were on him. Horses like him sell themselves.
“The sale has been strong,” added Harris, who had 18 head cataloged and brought 15 to the sale. “I’ve sold everything so far and we still have a lot to sell. There is a horse for everyone here. This sale is the 2-year-old version of Keeneland September. There is a horse in every price range.”
Hernan Parra brought one horse to OBS April, a Florida-bred Keyed Entry filly he acquired last year for $5,700 at the OBS August sale. Sold on Tuesday as hip No. 363, the filly brought $260,000, the session’s co-second-highest price, from John Fort.
Out of the Halo's Image mare Dixie Image, a full sister to millionaire Southern Image, the filly worked a co-fastest quarter in :20 4/5 at last Wednesday’s under tack preview. She was bred by Bridlewood Farm.
Also selling for $260,000 was hip No. 398, a Political Force colt bought by Bear Stables. Consigned by Azpurua Stables, agent, the colt worked a quarter in :21 2/5 during the under tack preview. The Kentucky-bred colt, a $21,000 yearling out of the 2011 Keeneland September Sale, is produced from the Monarchos mare Endless Virtue. Bear Stables also went to $175,000 for hip No. 415, a Harlan's Holidaycolt consigned by De Meric Sales, agent.
Hip No. 518, a Candy Ride (Arg) filly named Foundthecandy consigned by Old South Farm, agent, sold to Cam Allard for $230,000. From the family of graded stakes winner Sea of Tranquility, the filly was consigned to the 2011 Keeneland September sale by Havens Bloodstock Agency, agent for Cardinal Farm, where she sold for $20,000 to Albert Davis. The filly worked a co-fastest eighth of :10 during the under tack preview. She is a daughter of Harlow Gold, by Orientate.
Mark Casse, agent, went to $225,000 to secure the bid on hip No. 469, a Tiznow filly from the consignment of Ricky Leppala, agent. Leppala purchased the filly out of the unracedDanzig mare Gdanska for $12,000 from the Denali Stud consignment out of last year’s Keeneland September Sale. The filly worked an eighth in the co-fastest time of :10.
Hip No. 488, a New York-bred colt by Wildcat Heirnamed Spare No Expense consigned by Journeyman Bloodstock (Brent and Crystal Fernung), agent, sold to Steven W. Young, agent, for $170,000. The Fernungs also bred the colt.
The OBS April Sale continues April 25 at 10:30 a.m.