Average Holds Steady at OBS

Tres Fine, a 3-year-old broodmare by Star of the Crop in foal to classic winner and champion Silver Charm, went to Marion G. Montanari for $42,000 to top the first of two open sessions of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s 2002 fall mixed sale. Glen Hill Farm consigned the unraced filly out of the Seattle Slew mare My Working Gal, who is a half-sister to graded stakes winner Likeable Style.

The high-priced weanling filly for the session was Hip No. 946, by Is It True out of the Valid Appeal mare Perfect Exchange. Consigned by Thoroughstock, agent for Bonny Doon Farm, the weanling sold to E&S Stables for $26,000. The bay filly is out of a half-sister to three stakes winners.

Hip No. 900, Raging Tiger, a dark bay or brown colt by Tiger Ridge out of Mykato, by Katowice consigned by Sue Vacek, agent was the session's high-priced weanling colt, going to J.N.R. Bloodstock for $24,000. The colt is from the first crop of Tiger Ridge, a son of Storm Cat who is a half-brother to A.P. Indy and Summer Squall.

For the session, 179 horses sold for a total of $800,800, compared with 210 horses bringing $942,800 in the corresponding session last year. The average price was $4,474, almost identical to the $4,490 average a year ago, while the median price was $2,700, compared with $3,000 in 2001.

The buyback percentage was 29.2%; it was 27.3% last year. South Korea's C & C International Trading, headed by agent Jay Bang, was the session's leading buyer, purchasing nine head for a total of $59,300.

The four-day OBS fall mixed sale concludes Thursday at 10:30 a.m. with the second of two open sessions.