In the Selected session, 120 yearlings sold for total of $5,009,500. The average price was $41,746 represented a decline from last year's record $44,945. The median price was $35,000, compared with $36,000 a year ago while the buyback percentage rose to 31.8%, compared with 1999's 25%.The sale continues today through Friday.
A record price of $335,000 for a yearling sold by the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company was set Monday when Aaron and Marie Jones went to that price to acquire a Storm Creek colt from the Mockingbird Farm consignment. The colt, produced from the stakes-winning In Reality mare Where Music Is and a half-brother to multiple stakes-placed Ski Music, was the last horse through the ring on the opening day of the OBSC August yearling sale. Frank Taylor signed the ticket on behalf of the Joneses. Taylor's family operates Taylor Made Farm, where former Mockingbird stallion Storm Creek will be relocated in 2001. The Mockingbird consignment, part of the farm's continuing dispersal, grossed $3,202,500 compared with 1999's $2,022,000. The Mockingbird average of $43,277 was up significantly from the $26,260 figure last year, while the median price of rose to $27,000 from last year's $17,000.Top price of $225,000 during the selected session was paid by agent Buzz Chace for colt by Mecke. The bay colt, out of You'll B Impresse (by Valid Appeal) and a half-brother to stakes winner I'm Impressed was consigned by Cashel Stud, agent.