OBS Sale Down; Four Top $100,000

Figures drop at sale of 2-year-olds in training.

In keeping with most other sales this year of 2-year-olds in training, the Ocala Breeders’ Sale Co. ended its two day June sale June 17 with decreases in all major indices.

During the two days, 286 juveniles were sold for $4,741,300, an average of $16,578 and a median of $9,000. A year ago, 352 were reported as sold for $7,720,700, an average of $21,934 and a median of $13,000.

This year, the gross was down 38.59%, the average decreased 24.42%, and the median dropped 30.77%.

The RNA rate rose from 18.1% in 2008 to 26.8% this year.

During the second session of the sale June 17, 140 2-year-olds sold for $2,609,200, compared with 160 last year that brought $3,717,500. The average price this year was $18,637 and the median was $9,000. Last year the average was $23,234 and the median was $13,000. The gross was off 29.81%, the average down 24.42%, and the median dropped 30.77%.

Also at the sale, 15 older horses sold for a total of $58,900, averaging $3,927, compared with 15 that grossed $144,000 and averaged $9,600 last year.

The highest price during the second session was $150,000 for a Holy Bull colt named Holy Creator consigned by SGV Thoroughbreds (Steven Venosa), agent. The colt, purchased by Frank Fletcher Racing, worked a quarter in :22 2/5 at the June 15 under tack show.

The Holy Bull colt, out of the stakes winning Notebook mare Creativity, was sold at the 2008 Keeneland September sale by Mill Ridge Sales, agent. He was purchased by Sy Cohen’s Stedham Stud for $60,000. The colt was cataloged to the OBS March sale but was withdrawn.

Three other juveniles sold June 17 for six figures.

A Yes It's True colt consigned by Eisaman Equine, agent, was purchased by Garland E. Rice III for $140,000. The gray or roan colt, who sped a quarter in :21 at the under tack show, is out of stakes winner Impolite, by Two Punch. Eisaman Equine paid $85,000 for the colt at the Keeneland September sale, where he was consigned by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, Warrandale Sales, agent.

A Closing Argument filly consigned by Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stables, agent, was sold to Richard Ravin for $115,000. The bay filly, who worked the sale’s fastest quarter in :20 4/5, is out of Chelsea Rose, by West by West. The filly was withdrawn from the Keeneland September sale, and bought back at the OBS February sale, again consigned by Wavertree, for $72,000.

A colt by Chapel Royal, consigned by Crupi’s New Castle Farm, agent, was purchased by Frank Fletcher Racing for $110,000. The dark bay or brown colt, who worked an eighth in :10 2/5, is out of Honour Marianne, by Honour and Glory, a half-sister to graded stakes winner Kelly Kip. The colt was purchased by Crupi’s New Castle for $100,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale from the Penn Sales, agent, consignment. Consigned to the Fasig-Tipton Florida February sale by Crupi’s New Castle, he was bought back on a bid of $115,000.