Prime Timber Colt Sells for $260,000 at OBS

A colt from the first crop grade of II winner Prime Timber was the star Wednesday at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training. Bringing $260,000, he was the most expensive horse sold during the third session of the four-day auction in Central Florida. Amerman Racing purchased him from Terry Oliver, agent.

Bred by Sez Who Thorouoghbreds in New York, the bay colt had not been offered previously at public auction. He is out of the 9-year-old unraced Ogygian mare Cracker Night, who is a half-sister to grade III winner Amal Hayati and to stakes producer Shahoune. He also is from the family of French classic winner Blushing John. The colt worked a quarter-mile in :21 3/5 prior to the OBS auction.

Sweetsouthern Punch, a son of Sweetsouthernsaint, brought the session's second-highest price, selling for $250,000 to Evelyn Pollard. Classic Bloodstock (Danzel Brendemuehl), agent, was the chestnut colt's consignor.

Sixto Figueroa purchased Sweetsouthernpunch for $11,000 last year at the OBS August yearling sale. The colt is out of the 8-year-old Two Punch mare Blazing Punch and is from the family of stakes winners French Bracelet, Eternal Orage, and Margaret's Charm. Sweetsouthernpunch worked a quarter in :21 3/5 prior to the OBS spring auction.

In all, 196 horses were sold Wednesday for a gross of $5,515,000 and an average price of $28,138. Compared to last year, when 200 horses were sold, the gross declined 15.2% from $6,501,000 and the average fell 13.4% from $32,505. The median price decreased 20.0%, from $20,000 last year to $16,000 this year. The buy-back rate increased from 17% to 28.2%.

However, the sale's cumulative figures remained ahead of last year's pace. Through three sessions, the results were 607 horses sold, a gross of $17,510,600, and an average of $28,848. Last year, at the same point, 596 horses had been sold for a gross of $17,118,700 and an average of $28,723.

The auction ends tomorrow, with the final session beginning at 10:30 a.m. (EDT).