OBS Concludes June Sale of 2-Year-Olds & Horses of Racing Age

The Ocala Breeder’s Sales Company concluded its’ two-day, June Sale of 2-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age on Wednesday on a high note. So high, in fact, that they reached the stars.

​A bay filly by Astrology, who went through the sales ring as Hip 631, topped the second and final session when she garnered a final bid of $300,000 from her new owners, Whisper Hill Farms.

​Consigned to the sale by Tom McCrocklin, as agent, had breezed a quarter mile in a rapid time of :20 4/5, which was the fastest clocking at the distance during Saturday’s Under Tack session.

​In Wednesday’s closing session, OBS sold 207 2-year-olds for a total of $7,646,000, which is up considerably over a year ago when the sales agency hammered down 156 2-year-olds for a total of $4,699,900. The average price for the session was $36,939, compared to $30,128 a year ago. The buy-back rate was down, as well.

​For the sale, OBS sold 424 2-year-olds for a total of $15,216,900. Last year, the sale lasted two days longer – for a total of four auctions. In 2016, OBS sold 619 head for a total of $17,930,900. This year’s average was up nearly 24 percent, and the median price jumped over 40 percent. At the same time, the number of horses that did not meet the reserve price declined.

​Hip 631, the daughter of Astrology, is out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Dreamingly. She was a winner at 4 and earned over $45,000 at the track and is the dam of two other registered foals. One of those has already raced and won.

​More importantly, the third dam is Right Word, who is by Verbatim. That family is chalk full of Black Type Stakes Winners and Graded Stakes winners, such as Ascutney, Raven’s Pass, Gigawatt, Words of War, Rainbow View, Utley, Winter View, Just As Well, E Dubai, Barbados, Diamond Bachelor and many others.

​Others lit up the tote board in the auction arena, too. Linda Rice, a mainstay on the New York circuit, signed the ticket for Hip 634 for $220,000. The bay colt by Flat Out, was consigned by Bobby Dodd. This guy is out of the Victory Gallop mare Dress Parade, who is the daughter of Graded Stakes winner Added Asset. The colt breezed a furlong in :10 flat on Saturday.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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