OBS Spring Sale Opens With Median Increase

Gross and average fall 15.6% and 10.5%, respectively.

A Pleasantly Perfect colt brought $260,000 and was the most expensive horse sold April 19 during the opening session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida. The median price for the first day was up 16.1% from a year ago, but the gross revenue and average declined 15.6% and 10.5%, respectively.

Alex and JoAnn Lieblong purchased the $260,000 colt, which worked a quarter mile in :20 4/5. The chestnut juvenile is a full brother to the winner Minister Perfect and a half brother to the winner Sanlorenzo (by Dixie Union). Their dam, the winning Deputy Minister mare Minister Thatcher, is a half sister to Winsome (by War Chant), who captured the 2005 Cellars Shiraz Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Parrish Farms, agent, consigned the Pleasantly Perfect colt, which was bred in Kentucky by Diamond A Racing Corp. Keeneland reported that G. Parrish Farm purchased the colt for $23,000 at the Kentucky auction firm’s 2009 September yearling sale. Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, was the consignor.

The results for the OBS spring sale’s first session included a gross of $4,579,100 for the 196 juveniles that sold. The average was $23,363, and the median was $18,000. The buy-back rate was 25.8%, up from 24.4% in 2009.

The auction is scheduled to run through April 22, with each session beginning at 10:30 a.m. (EDT).