Hip No. 653, a colt by Elusive Quality consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, was purchased by Hill ‘n’ Dale Bloodstock, Agent, for a June Sale record $350,000 to top the second and final session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2012 June Sale of Two-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age. The dark bay or brown colt, who breezed a quarter on Sunday in :21 1/5, is out of Gypsy Hollow, by Dixieland Band, and is a half brother to stakes winners Gipson Desert and Dixie Emperor. The previous June record sale price was $310,000 paid for a colt by Double Honor in 2004.
Also eclipsing the previous mark was Hip No. 408, a filly by Spring At Last consigned by Eisaman Equine, Agent, and sold to Justin Casse, Agent, for $320,000. The chestnut filly, whose quarter in :20 4/5 on Saturday was the sale’s fastest at the distance, is out of graded stakes placed Zahwah, by Rahy, a half sister to graded stakes winner Krisada.
Hip No. 599, a colt by Pulpit consigned by Sequel Bloodstock (Becky Thomas), Agent, was sold to Susan Chu for $260,000. The chestnut colt, whose eighth in :10 flat equaled the sale’s fastest at the distance, is out of Exogenetic, by Unbridled’s Song, and is a half brother to stakes winner Elusive Horizon.
Steven W. Young went to $210,000 for Hip No. 474, a colt by Tapit consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent. The dark bay or brown colt, who breezed a quarter in :21 4/5 last Saturday, is out of Blossomed, by Deputy Minister, a half sister to graded stakes winner Cinemine.
Nick Sallusto, Agent for Jim Covello, bought Hip No. 498, a colt by Flatter consigned by Wavertree Stables (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, for $185,000. The dark bay or brown colt, whose quarter in :21 flat was Sunday’s co-fastest at the distance, is out of stakes placed Cat Out, by Forest Wildcat.
Hip No. 381, a colt by Johannesburg consigned by McKathan Bros., Agent, was sold to Dennis O’Neill for $130,000. The bay colt, who worked an eighth in :10 1/5 on Saturday, is out of V Sign, by Robellino, and is a half brother to stakes winners V Formation and My Silver Charm.
For the session, 181 two-year-olds grossed $5,273,800 compared with 168 bringing a total of $3,479,200 at 2011’s second session. The average was $29,137 up 40.7% compared with $20,710 last year, and the median was $15,000, up 53.8% compared to $9,750 a year ago. The buyback percentage was 30.7%; it was 26.3% in 2011.
Fourteen older horses brought a total of $112,900, averaging $8,064 with a median price of $7,000. Last year, five sold for a total of $19,400, averaging $3,880 with a $4,000 median price.
For the entire sale, 395 two-year-olds sold for June Sale record total of $10,249,100, compared with 344 horses grossing $7,141,700 last year. The previous record gross of $7,720,700 was set in 2008. The average price was a sale record $25,947, up 25% from $20,761a year ago, and the median price of $15,000 was up 57.9% from $9,500 a year ago. The previous record average was $23,550 in 2004. The buyback percentage was 25.3%; it was 26.8% last year. Fifteen horses sold for $100,000 or more compared with eleven last year.
Next on the OBS schedule is the Selected Sale of Yearlings on Tuesday, August 21st , followed by the Open Sale of Yearlings on Wednesday and Thursday, August 22nd and 23rd.