Boosted by quality offerings in the dispersal of Al and Nora Figliolia's Westbury Stables, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. fall mixed sale enjoyed major upswings in gross of 48.3% and average price of 27.8% from a year ago.
The gross revenue rose 75.3% while the average price grew 41.9%. The median price was up 25%.
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The combined gross and average for the select and open portions enjoy upswings.
The average price for the first open session rises 29.1% while the median price increases 62.5%.
The median price rose 8% as the yearling sale began its three-day run in Central Florida.
There will be no selling of juveniles in February. All select 2-year-olds offered by the company will be sold in March.
Consignor and OBS board member Francis Vanlangendonck expects fairly solid results for the August yearling sale.
The three-day Florida auction has 901 yearlings in its catalog.
The son of Lion Heart is roaring through the juvenile ranks after selling for $250,000 earlier this year.
Starting the auction on a Tuesday (Aug. 24), instead of a Monday, will make the auction more convenient for buyers.
Lucky Trippi, a filly by Trippi, breezed three eighths of a mile in :33 flat June 13, posting the fastest time for the distance during the second session of the under tack show for the OBS June sale in Florida.
She worked an eighth of a mile in :10 during the first session of the under tack show for the June sale.
The auction is scheduled for June 15 in Central Florida.
Gloom and doom is dissipating as many juvenile auction results stabilize or improve.
Gross, average, and median all rise, and a Limehouse filly named Delightful Mary brings $500,000.
The chestnut juvenile, which posted the fastest three-furlong work of :32 4/5, brings $150,000 during the spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.
The gross rises 28.2% while the average grows 29.4%. The median soars 33.3%.
Pleasantly Perfect colt brings $260,000 while the gross and average fall 15.6% and 10.5%, respectively.
Bahia Beach topped the ninth annual Adena Springs sale of 2-year-olds in training, bringing $115,000 April 18 in Central Florida.
The Central Florida auction, which starts April 19 and runs for four days, has 1,221 horses in its catalog.
A High Fly filly turned in a sizzling work April 16 during the fourth and final session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida.
Graduates include recent Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner Stately Victor, whose $250,000 price topped the 2009 edition of the auction.
A Congrats filly and a Yes It's True colt each work a quarter mile in :20 3/5 during the third session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.
A Freud filly posted the fastest workout time for a quarter mile April 14 during the second session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida.
A filly by Da Stoops was among the standouts April 13 during the first session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's spring sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida.
The under tack show for Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s four-day April sale of 2-year-olds in training begins at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 13.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and leaders of the Seminole Tribe of Florida said April 6 that they have agreed to a Gaming Compact for the Seminoles' seven casinos in the state.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. February select sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida has a reputation for producing good runners. But the size of its catalog keeps shrinking, which makes the sale's future shaky.
Participants in the auction reflect on the upbeat market and discuss the reasons why the sale was so good.
The auction is scheduled for April 19-22 in Central Florida.
With three select juvenile sales in the books for 2010, the president of the NATC discusses the marketplace for Thoroughbreds.
Based on yearling average, financial risk has been cut for Barretts March auction in Southern California.
Average rises 10.6% and median increases 16.8% while the buy-back rate declines.
Steve Young purchases her from Jerry Bailey Sales Agency, agent, at the OBS March sale.
Buy-back rate drops, falling to 28.7% from 41.1% last year.
Some barns have been busy in the days leading up to the auction, which is the largest of the five major select juvenile sales based on the number of horses cataloged.
What horses do the buyers like? Here's a list of 2-year-olds that were attracting a lot of attention before the auction started.
Exchange Rate colt stops the clock in :21 March 14 in Central Florida in second of two under tack shows.
Half-brother to grade III winner Conveyance works a quarter mile in :21 1/5.
OBS officials want to give buyers more time to look at the auction's horses.
There are 340 horses in the catalog, making it the largest of the five major select sales of 2-year-olds in training.
Rate of return on investment grows, rising to 91.9% from only 39% for the 2009 edition of the auction.
Show pushed back because of heavy rain to March 13 and 14 in Central Florida.
Cutting yearling purchase cost is the key, and consignors to the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale are hoping that a similar strategy works there.
Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm will hold its ninth sale of 2-year-olds in training April 18, the farm announced Feb. 26.
Participants in the February select juvenile auction were pleased with the changes in track maintenance, saying horses were less sore after the under tack show.
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