Median Falls Only 1.7% at OBS Winter Sale

Florida mixed auction's gross declines 22.5% while average drops 7.9%.

The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. winter mixed sale ended its two-day run in Central Florida Jan. 20 with downturns of 22.5% in gross revenue and 7.9% in average price from a year ago. The median price declined only 1.7%.

The final figures included a gross of $1,646,00 for the 288 horses that sold. The average was $5,715, and the median was $2,950. In 2009, the 342 horses that sold grossed $2,122,600 and averaged $6,206. The median was $3,000.

The no bid/buy-back rate dropped from 35.1% last year to 32.2% this year.

The sale began with a consignor preferred session Jan. 19 and concluded with an open session on its final day. The 194 horses that sold during the open session grossed $727,300 and averaged $3,749. The median was $2,000. Compared to 2009, when 174 horses were sold, the gross rose 8.2% from $672,400. The average fell 3% from $3,864. And the median declined 9.1% from $2,200. The buy-back rate plunged from 40.8% to 32.4%.

For complete results from this sale, including Hip-by-Hips and cumulative sale results, click here.

A yearling Dehere filly brought the final day’s highest price of $57,000. B&B Partners purchased her from Beth Bayer, agent.

Bred by Michaelyn Gamble, Bill Allen, and Allen Staple in New York, the gray or roan yearling is out of the 21-year-old winning Seattle Dancer mare Tempest Moon, who finished third in the 1991 Shady Well Stakes at Woodbine. The filly is a half-sister to Mohegan Sky (by Straight Man), who scored in the 2008 Music Prince Stakes at Belmont Park, and Vous (by Wild Rush), who captured the 2003 Hollywood Wildcat Stakes at Calder Race Course.

The sale topper, East Long Lake, was sold during the consignor preferred session and brought $105,000. A 4-year-old unraced daughter of Sultry Song, East Long Lake is in foal to 2007 and 2008 Horse of the Year Curlin . Mary K. Haire bought East Long Lake from Richard Kent’s Kaizen Sales, agent.