Gross, Average Rise at OBS Winter Mixed Sale

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. winter mixed sale ended Friday in Central Florida with increases in gross revenue and average price. During the four-day run, OBS reported that 744 horses were sold for a gross of $10,557,900 and an average of $14,191. The gross rose 18.2% from last year's total of $8,929,600 for 684 head. The average advanced 8.7% from 2005's comparable figure of $13,055. There were three consignor-preferred sessions and one open session this year, and two consignor-preferred sessions and two open sessions last year.

This year's gross and average were the highest since 1984, when the figures were $12,699,500 and $14,497, respectively.

"Overall, the sale went well," said Tom Ventura, the general manager and director of sales for OBS. "The better horses brought top dollar. We had eight horses that sold for $100,000 or more. Last year, there were three.

"The horse has to have some sire power or the a mare has to be in foal to a stallion with sire power. Songandaprayer certainly helped this sale. But at the lower end. it's still tough."

The results for Friday's open session, according to OBS, were 211 horses sold, a gross of $1,123,500, an average of $5,325, and a median of $2,700. The buy-back rate was 21.5%.

A Posse yearling filly brought the top price of $85,000. Barry Berkelhammer purchased her from Summerfield, agent. A bay, the filly is the first foal out of the 7-year-old stakes-placed Eltish mare Eltisha, who won five times and is a half-sister to stakes winner Red Lightning. The filly's second dam is grade III winner Doodle. Summerfield, agent, also sold Eltisha, with a Peace Rules colt at her side, for $45,000 to Broken Back Farm.