Strength Continues on Second Day of OBSC Sale

The second day of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s Fall Mixed sale built on the strength it showed during the opening session on Oct. 8. While the opening session showed depth in the weaning end of the market, Tuesday session's breadth stretched to the mares as well. Tuesday was the second of two consignor-preferred sessions.

"It's hard to come here and not buy a horse," said Randy Hartley of Hartley/Derenzo Thoroughbreds. "The market for mares here has picked up on the second day. The weanlings are selling well as well because there are lot of pinhookers here trying to buy."

Tuesday's session-topping mare came in at $80,000 for the mare Angel Kate, a 10-year-old daughter of Mt. Livermore out of the stakes-winning mare August Days (by In Reality). In foal to second-year sire Vicar, Angel Kate was consigned by Summerfield, agent. The buyer was newcomer Al Figliolina's Westbury Stables. A New Yorker, Figliolina noted this was his first Thoroughbred purchase.

Action was hot in the weanling market, with several horses bringing solid bids. The top price of the afternoon was for the sale-topping filly, a daughter of Honour and Glory that brought a final bid of $65,000 from Bret Brinkman's Fast Ways Farm. Consigned by Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Bloodstock, agent, the weanling is out of the stakes-winning Zend to Aiken. Journeyman Bloodstock sold Monday's sale-topping mare for $82,000.

There was excitement toward the end of the session when Hip No. 653, a striking filly by Thunder Gulch was bought back for $145,000. Harvest Landing, agent, consigned the chestnut filly out of stakes-placed Journeytoafantasy that was bred in Kentucky by Enrique Calle.

Perennial leading buyer Bill Heiligbrodt was a solid player in the weaning market. His top purchase was $59,000 for Yes Yes Yes, a son of Yes It's True out of the stakes-winning mare Daring Doone. Heiligbrodt said the Ocala sale is "a market that's fair," and prefers to buy weanlings over yearlings.

"I have a training operation in Ocala, and by buying weanlings, we can put them into our program and we can raise them the way we want to," he said. "By putting them into our program, we get control. They haven't been through the yearling-sale programs."

Heiligbrodt Racing Stable led all buyers with 10 purchases good for $285,000.

Another new buyer was Brent Marti, of Lake Charles, La. Fueled by the coming high purses in Louisiana due to the addition of slot machines, he was looking for mares to take home and foal into the state-accredited program.

For the session, a total of 193 horses brought $2,600,500, compared with 204 horses grossing $2,245,300 at the corresponding session last year. The average was $13,474, up 22.4% compared with $11,006 in 2001. The median price was $8,350, up 19.2% from $7,000 last year while the buyback percentage was 31.3% compared with 28.9% a year ago.

For the two consignor preferred sessions, 343 horses sold for a total of $4,646,900, compared with 408 horses bringing $4,493,100 last year. The average was $13,548, an increase of 23% compared with $11,013 in 2001, while the median price of $8,500 was up 21.4% from $7,000 last year. The buyback rate was 30%, identical to last year.

The OBS fall mixed sale continues with open sessions on Wednesday and Thursday.

Results, catalog, from OBSC