Rockport Harbor Filly Tops OBS June Sale

Gross, average, and median prices soared when compared with the same sale in 2009.

May Day Rose, a Rockport Harbor filly who breezed three eighths in :33 3/5 at Sunday’s Under Tack Session, was purchased by trainer Bob Baffert, as agent, for $220,000 to top the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2010 June Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age June 15.

The bay filly, out of May Day Bluff, by Pine Bluff, and a half sister to stakes winner May Day Vow, was consigned as Hip No. 313 by Bridlewood Farm.

With a cutback in the sale to one day from two, OBS reported a total of 238 horses sold for $4,954,100, with the average price of $20,815 representing a gain of 30.8% over the $15,903 average last year when 299 horses grossed $4,755,200 during a two-day sale.

By category, 230 juveniles changed hands for a gross of $4,912,100 and an average price of $21,357, up 29.1% over the 2009 sale when 284 2-year-olds sold for a total $4,696,300 and an average price of $16,536. The juvenile median of $15,000 was up 66.7% over the $9,000 median a year ago.The buyback percentage was 31.3%; it was 27.3% a year ago.

Eight older horses were sold this year for a total of $42,000; in 2009, 15 older horses grossed $58,900.

Hip No. 127, a Sharp Humor filly consigned as Hip No. 127 by Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stables, Inc. was purchased by Patrice Miller, EQB Inc., agent for $170,000. The bay filly, whose eighth in :10 flat was fastest at the distance at Saturday’s Under Tack session, is out of Antoinette, by Silver Hawk, a half sister to stakes winner Excellent Band.

Hip No. 348, News With a Brew, a chestnut filly by Milwaukee Brew  consigned by Gayle Woods, agent, went to Equix LLC, Agent, for $160,000. She’s out of Newsontherun, by Cherokee Run, a daughter of graded stakes winner Channel Three, and worked three eighths in :33 1/5 on Sunday.

Hip No. 334, a filly by Thunder Gulch consigned by Flying Fish, agent, was sold to SGV Thoroughbreds, Agent for Richard Ravin for $150,000. The chestnut filly, who worked an eighth in :10 1/5 on Sunday, is out of Monopoly, by Dixieland Band, a half sister to graded stakes winner Antoniette.