The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. winter mixed auction kept pace with last year's average price Monday during its opening session in Central Florida while selling a horse that was more expensive than last year's sale topper.
But the median price dropped significantly during the first of three consignor-preferred sessions during the four-day auction.
"For the quality horses, it was a good day," said Tom Ventura, the OBS general manager and director of sales.
OBS reported that 175 horses were sold for a gross of $3,441,900, which was down 5.8% from a year ago when the total was $3,655,700 for 186 head. Their average price of $19,668 was up less than one percent from 2005's comparable figure of $19,654. The median of $10,000 was down 15.0% from $15,000 last year. The buy-back rate rose from 31.9% last year to 31.1% this year.
Lunar Star, a 9-year-old full sister to 1993 Ashland Stakes (gr. I) winner Lunar Spook (by Silver Ghost
), was the most expensive horse sold, bringing $265,000 while in foal to Songandaprayer
Produced from the winning Idle Minds mare Rafael Luna, Lunar Star won four times and was stakes-placed. She is a half-sister to the winner Desviacion (by Unreal Zeal), the dam of 2002 Lafayette Stakes winner Cashel Castle
. Matthews Stables purchased Lunar Star from Shadybrook Farm (Michael Yates), agent.
In 2005, the most expensive horse sold was a $200,000 Yes It's True
– Hollow Design yearling colt.
A Songandaprayer – Rhonda's Rocket yearling colt sold for $110,000 to Chestnut Valley Farm. He was consigned by Nancy Bauman, agent. Another yearling colt by the same sire and out of Up One Step went for $100,000 to Grand Oaks Stable. The consignor was Summerfield, agent.