OBS Jumps Off to Fast Start on First Day of June Sale of 2YOs and Horses of Racing Age

On Saturday, at Belmont Park, way up the East Coast from Ocala, Fla, American Anthem made headlines by winning the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes in fine fashion. It was great timing for the  Ocala Breeders’ Sale Company, and, better yet, fantastic advertising and promotion. After all, the sales agency sold American Anthem for $435,000 at its March Sale.

Ocala Breeders' Sale Company

And, the promo must have worked nicely. Or something sure did.

On Tuesday, the OBS sales agency got its’ June Sale of 2-Year-Olds and Horse of Racing Age Sale off to roaring start about as impressively as American Anthem won on Saturday.

In its first day, OBS sold 199 horses for a grand grand total of $7,217,500. A year ago, OBS sold just 147 head for a total of $3,645,000.
As a result, Tuesday’s average price was $36,269, up 46.3% compared with $24,798 a year ago. The median price on Tuesday was $18,000, and that number is up 33.3% compared to $13,500 in 2016.  The buyback percentage was 22.9, down from a year ago when it was 30.1%.
The June Sale continues Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Hip No.’s 375 – 769 will be offered.

The first day sale’s topper was Hip 199, a dark bay or brown colt by the Florida stallion First Dude. The 2-year-old breezed a quarter mile in :20 3/5 – which was the co-fastest time at the distance in last Wednesday’s Under Tack Session.
David Dizney Racing Syndicate purchased the colt for $400,000 from the consignment of Top Line Sales, LLC, as agent.
The colt is a half-brother to the stakes placed winner Sola Gratia, and out of the Kris S. Mare Natalie’s Moment.
But Hip 199 wasn’t the only one that caught the eye and wallet of buyers. Linda Rice, one of the hottest trainers in the country and based in New York, signed the ticket for Hip 335 at a final hammer price of $320,000. The son of Midnight Lute was consigned by Timber Creek, as agent. The bay colt had breezed a furlong in :9 4/5 – which was the fastest work at the distance at Thursday’s Under Tack session. He is out of the Stakes Placed Giant’s Causeway mare Screen Giant.



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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