The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s fall mixed sale ended its two-day run Oct. 13 in Central Florida with moderate losses of 12.8% in its average price and 6.7% in its median price. There was a smaller catalog than in 2008, when the auction was three days long, and that contributed to a 30.7% plunge in gross revenue and a 20.6% decline in the number of horses sold.
The sale started Oct. 12 with a consignor preferred session and an open session followed. The results for the open session included a gross of $888,300 for the 169 horses that sold. The average was $5,256, and the median was $3,000. The buy-back/no bid rate was 40.7%.
The most expensive horse sold during the open session was D’Bus, a weanling D'wildcat colt that brought $47,000 from Lucky Equine. Consigned by Sonshine Acres and produced from the winning 12-year-old River Special mare Garopaba, he is a half-brother to the winner Royal Devil (by Stravinsky), who finished third in this year’s Caliban Overnight Stakes at Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino in New Mexico.
The results for both of the auction’s sessions combined included a gross of $2,356,200 for the 301 horses that sold. The average was $7,828, and the median was $4,200. In 2008, according to The Blood-Horse's figures, the 379 horses that sold grossed $3,401,600 and averaged $8,975. The median was $4,500.
The buy-back/no bid rate declined from 47.1% last year to 40.4% this year.