Bernardini colt Zero Hour tops March Sale’s opening session

OBS March 2015 Monday ; 285 21.1 Bernardini-Misty Hour13c Kentucky,    SGV Thoroughbreds (Steven Venosa), Agent

Hip No. 285 (Louise Reinagel photo)

Hip No. 285, Zero Hour, a son of Bernardini consigned by SGV Thoroughbreds (Steven Venosa), Agent, went to Live Oak Plantation for $1.4-million to top the first session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2015 March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training. The bay colt, who worked a quarter in :21 1/5 at Thursday’s Under Tack session, is out of graded stakes placed stakes winner Misty Hour, by Miswaki, and is a half brother to stakes winner Pilfer, dam of grade one winner To Honor and Serve.

Hip No. 34, a dark bay or brown colt by Midnight Lute whose quarter in :20 4/5 at Wednesday’s Under Tack session was the day’s co-fastest at the distance, was sold for $900,000 to Donato Lanni, Agent. Consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent, he’s out of Circumstance, by Vindication, a half sister to graded stakes placed stakes winner Tres Coronas.

Hip No. 139, a daughter of Bellamy Road consigned by Northwest Stud, Agent, was sold to Solis / Litt for $800,000. The chestnut filly, who breezed an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5, is out of stakes winner For Royalty, by Not For Love, and is a half sister to recently stakes placed OBS graduate Back Flip.

Hip No. 12, a son of Smart Strike consigned by Old South Farm LLC went to M. V. Magnier & Stonestreet Stables for $800,000. The chestnut colt, who breezed an eighth in :9 4/5 at Wednesday’s Under Tack session, is out of graded stakes winner Carolyn’s Cat, by Forestry, and is a half brother to recent graded stakes winner Mufajaah.

Conquest Stables LLC went to $800,000 for Hip No. 239, a son of Tiznow consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent. The dark bay or brown colt, who breezed an Under Tack quarter in :21 4/5, is out of Lasting Appeal, by A.P. Indy, a full sister to graded stakes winner Jump Start.

Hip No. 155, a daughter of Scat Daddy whose Under Tack eighth in :9 3/5 last Wednesday was the co-fastest of the entire sale at the distance, was sold to M. V. Magnier for $750,000. Consigned by McKathan Bros., Agent, the chestnut filly is a half sister to stakes winner Prenuptial out of stakes winner Global Finance, by End Sweep.

C. F. Farms went to $725,000 for Hip No. 33, a daughter of Congrats consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent. The chestnut filly, who breezed an Under Tack quarter in :21 2/5, is out of Christie Village, by Deputy Minister, a half sister to multiple grade one winner Take Charge Lady.

Hip No. 60, a Street Sense colt consigned by All In Sales (Tony Bowling), Agent, was sold to Mark Casse, Agent, for $675,000. The dark bay or brown colt, who turned in an eighth in :9 4/5 at the Under Tack Show, is out of graded stakes placed stakes winner Czechers, by Indian Charlie.

Mark Casse also went to $675,000 for Hip No. 162, a Malibu Moon colt consigned by Thomas and Casse, Agent, out of Goldilocks’ Cat, by Seeking the Gold, a half sister to stakes winner Beautiful Daniele from the family of champion Countess Diana. The bay colt worked an eighth in :10 1/5 at  Wednesday’s Under Tack session.

Spendthrift Farm paid $650,000 for Hip No. 61, a son of Distorted Humor consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent. The gray or roan colt, who worked an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5, is out of stakes winner Dance Quietly, by A.P. Indy, a half sister to Horse of the Year Saint Liam.

For the session, 160 horses sold for a total of $30,540,000 averaging $190,875. The median price was $130,000 and the buyback percentage was 24.9%. There was no corresponding session last year since the 2014 sale was held in one continuous session. Fifteen horses sold for $500,000 or more, compared with ten in the entire 2014 March Sale.

The March Sale continues on Wednesday, March 18th at 11:00 a.m. with Hip No.’s 305 – 610 set to go through the ring.