An active third and final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s August yearling sale Aug. 22 in Ocala, Fla. fueled new sale open session records for average and median prices.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2013 August Yearling Sale, with 841 youngsters cataloged, begins its three-day run Tuesday, Aug. 20.
The catalog for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s August yearling sale Aug. 21-22 is now available via the OBS website at www.obssales.com.
A strong storm system that swept across Central Florida Aug. 21 failed to dampen the enthusiasm of buyers attending the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s August yearling auction in Central Florida.
A son of High Chaparral was the most expensive horse sold during the third session of the Arqana Deauville August yearling sale, bringing €220,000 ($271,313 in U.S. funds).
Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. officials are cautiously optimistic that the August yearling sale can pick up right where the sales company's juvenile sale season ended: on a high note.
Starting the auction on a Tuesday (Aug. 24), instead of a Monday, will make the auction more convenient for buyers.
Even though she could have gone into labor at any minute, a very pregnant Dr. Cara Erwin-Oliver spent Aug. 15 with her Marion Bloodstock consignment in the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s barn area. She is scheduled to offer more than 30 horses during the four-day August yearling sale, which begins Aug. 18 in Central Florida.
A colt by Montbrook and a filly from the first crop of Straight Man each brought $50,000 Tuesday to top the first open session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale in Central Florida. In addition, the average and median prices for the session both were ahead of last year's pace.
Boosted by the offspring from the first crops of promising Florida-based sires like grade I winners Yes It's True and Greenwood Lake, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale roared out of the starting gate Monday.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company will be trying to buck the downward trend seen at recent regional auctions when its yearling sale kicks off on Monday. The first session is for select horses, and it will be followed by three open sessions.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company has catalogued 1,276 horses for its yearling sale that will be conducted Aug. 18-21 in Central Florida.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale finished its four-day run in Central Florida Thursday with declines in gross revenue and average price.
So Accurate, a colt from the first crop of Wagon Limit, brought $55,000 Wednesday to top the second open session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale.
Afleet Command, a son of Northern Afleet, brought the top price of $90,000 Tuesday during the first of three open sessions of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale got off to a slower start than it did a year ago. During Monday's select session, the gross revenue, average price, and median price fell by 9.1%, 11.8%, and 8.6%, respectively. But OBS officials said the drops were not surprising.
Tom Ventura has been watching what's happening in the rest of the country, and he hopes the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company August yearling sale, which begins Monday, can follow the same trends that other regional markets have experienced.
A colt by End Sweep sold for $95,000 on Thursday to top the third open session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale. Marion G. Montanari bought the bay colt out of the 8-year-old winning Smile mare Susie Smile, who is a half-sister to stakes winner Lady Summerhill (by Bold Ruckus). The colt was consigned by Cloverleaf Farms II, as agent.
A dramatic pinhooking score with a colt that sold for only $1,500 as a weanling was the highlight of the third day of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling auction. The son of Candy Stripes brought $170,000 to top Wednesday's open session.
A Diligence filly sold for $85,000 Tuesday to top the first open session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale. New Jersey bloodstock agent Buzz Chace purchased the Florida-bred filly for William Lickle, a prominent owner of steeplechase horses. Lickle, according to Chace, is becoming increasingly interested in flat racing.
A colt by North America's leading first crop sire, Valid Expectations, brought the top price of $305,000 Monday during the select session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale. Consigned by Kelli Mitchell for his breeders, Leland and Robert Ackerley, the colt was purchased by Satish and Anne Sanan's Padua Stables. The Sanans' daughter, Nadia, signed the ticket.
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