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.
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.