OBS Fall Mixed Sale Ends With $10.5 Million Gross

I'll Take Her, a 5-year-old daughter of Out of Place was sold to Frank Henson for $45,000 Thursday to top the final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's fall mixed auction, which recorded some big business increases from a year ago in Central Florida. The bay mare, out of Squalling (by Beau's Eagle), is a half sister to graded stakes winner Orville N Wilbur's and is in foal to Lexicon. Meadowbrook Farm consigned I'll Take Her..

In all during the session, 140 horses sold for a total of $864,500, compared with 198 horses grossing $957,600 at the corresponding session last year. The average price was $6,175, up 27.7% from $4,836 a year ago, while the median price was $3,200, up from last year's $3,100 figure. The buy-back rate was 23.9%; it was 18.5% a year ago.

For the two open sessions, Wednesday and Thursday, 269 horses grossed $1,665,900, compared with 388 horses selling for $1,701,300 in 2003. The average price was $6,193, up 41.2% from $4,385 last year, while the median price rose 37% to $3,700 from $2,700 a year ago. The buy-back rate was 24.4%; it was 19.6% last year.

For the two consignor preferred sessions, Monday and Tuesday, 424 horses brought $8,730,000, compared with 307 horses selling for a total of $5,130,000 in 2003. The average was $20,590, up 23.2% from $16,710 in 2003, while the median price of $15,000 rose 50% over last year's $10,000 figure. The buyback rate was 25.5%; it was 27.2% a year ago. Thirty nine horses brought $50,000 or more compared with 16 in 2003.

Fifteen yearlings sold for a total of $125,900 compared with 36 bringing $135,100 in 2003. The average price was $8,393: it was $3,753 a year ago. The median price was $5,000; it was $2,700 last year.

The figures for all sessions and types of stock at this year's sale combined were 708 horses sold for a gross of $10,521,800 and an average of $14,861. In 2003, the 731 horses sold grossed $6,985,200 an averaged $9,556. Even though the number of horses sold decreased from last year to this year, the gross soared 50.6% and the average rose 55.5%.

Complete Results from October 14 OBSC Session