Tactical Move Sells For $63,000 To Top OBS Tuesday Session

Tactical Move , a stakes-winning daughter of Tactical Advantage, brought the top price of $63,000 Tuesday during the second of two preferred sessions at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's fall mixed auction in Central Florida. The 5-year-old mare, who is in foal to Commitisize, was purchased by Kentucky-based Dapple Bloodstock, agent, from Wycombe House Stud, agent.

Florida pinhooker Niall Brennan said he owned the mare with a partner who is more interested in racing than breeding. Recent losses in the stock market also contributed to his partner's decision to sell, according to Brennan. Last year, Tactical Move captured the Florida Breeders' Distaff Stakes during the annual day of racing at OBS, and she also finished third in the Coconut Grove Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Tactical Move was produced from the Silver Buck mare Silver Nova, who is a half-sister to stakes winner and stakes producer Proud Nova (by Proud Birdie).

Business continued to decline at the auction. During Tuesday's session, 204 horses were sold for a gross of $2,245,300, an average of $11,006, and a median of $7,000. Approximately, 30% of the yearlings offered were bought back by their consignors or brought no bids. The number sold was up by 25.1% from last year's comparable session, but the gross and average were down by 34.6% and 47.7%, respectively. The median was down by 50.0%. In 2000, 163 yearlings were sold for a gross of $3,431,900, an average of $21,055, and a median of $14,000.

During the two consignor preferred sessions this year, 408 horses were sold for a gross of $4,493,100, an average of $11,013, and a median of $7,000. The number sold was down by 11.3% from a year ago, when there were three consignor preferred sessions. The gross and average were down by 44.0% and 36.8%, respectively, and the median was down by 36.4%. During 2000's three consignor preferred sessions, the 460 horses sold grossed $8,106,500 and averaged $17,427. The median was $11,000.
Last year, the sale began on a Sunday with a session that consisted of three dispersals. The 277 horses sold grossed $4,335,600 and averaged $15,652. The median was $8,000. There was no comparable session at this year's auction.

The OBS sale continues through Thursday. There are two open sessions remaining.

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