A filly by first crop sire Caracaro went for $775,000 to lead the first day of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Spring Sale Tuesday while a Florida-bred colt by Global Campaign sold for $650,000. 

Hips 1 – 302 passed by the auctioneer Tuesday with 145 head generating gross sales of $19,725,000 for an average of $136,034 and a median of $87,000. The average was represented a 4.6% increase compared to last year’s first day of the OBS Spring Sale with an average of $129,997. Tuesday’s median of $87,000 was a 24.2% increase over last year’s first day median of $70,000. OBS officials sold 175 head for $22,746,000 last year on the first day.

Hip 199 sold for $775,000 to Three Amigos from the consignment of Global Thoroughbreds LLC as agent. She is out of Key d’Oro, by Medaglia d’Oro. From the family of stakes-winner Yankee Gentleman and Grade 2-winner Half Ours, the filly worked a quarter mile in :20.40 at the under tack show. Caracaro was second in the Grade 1 Travers and Grade 3 Peter Pan to highlight his racing career.

Hip 291, a Florida-bred colt by Global Campaign – Judit Seipert Photo

A Florida-bred colt by Grade 1 Woodward and multiple graded stakes-winning first crop sire Global Campaign lit up the money board at $650,000 on a final bid from Pedro Lantz as agent fo KAS Stable. Sold as Hip 291, the colt was consigned by Eddie Woods as agent and is out of the Yes It’s True mare Maid in Heaven, a Florida-bred full-sister to Grade 3-winner YesbyJimminy and stakes-placed Qureall. Maid in Heaven is also a half-sister to stakes-winner Magic Mecke and A.J. Melini. Bred in Florida by Katherine Nielsen and Gem Racing Inc. the colt worked an eighth mile in :10 flat. 

Hip 166 generated a final bid of $600,000 from Justin Casse for M.V. Magnier. The bay filly, who worked a quarter mile in :20.60 at the breeze show, is by Uncle Mo out of Grade 3 Tempted-winner Jacaranda, by Congrats. The filly is a half-sister to Grade 1-placed Be You and stakes-place American West and was consigned by Tom McCrocklin as agent. Jacaranda is a half-sister to multiple Grade 1-winner Constitution and Group 2-winner Boynton.

Hip 125 sold for $550,000 to Spendthrift Farm / MKW Racing and Breeding LLC. Consigned by Thorostock LLC as agent, the dark bay or brown colt is by Nyquist out of How My Heart Works, by Not For Love, a full-sister to stakes-placed If Not For Her. The colt is a half-brother to Grade 3-placed, stakes-winner Monday Morning QB and Group 3-placed Asawer. How My Heart Works is a half-sister to Grade 3-placed, stakes-winner Awesome Flower, the dam of multiple Grade 1-winner Cyberknife and stakes-placed Tapit Shoes; and graded stakes-placed First Mondays. The colt is also from the family of Grade 1-winner Well Armed and worked an under tack time in :10 flat for an eighth mile. 

Hip 153 went to James Divito as agent for $460,000 after working a :10 flat eighth mile from the Eddie Woods as agent consignment. The dark bay or brown colt is by Nyquist out of the Grade 3-placed, stakes-winning Midnight Lute mare Irish Presence, a half-sister to Grade 3-placed, stakes-winners Mountain Range and Royal Vindication; stakes-placed Mrs Petoski and stakes-producer Internal Affair. Irish Presence has also produced stakes-placed Elle’s Town.

Hip 295 also sold for $460,000. The bay filly was purchased by Bregman Family Racing LLC out of the Eddie Woods as agent consignment. She is by Bolt d’Oro out of Major Z, by Candy Ride (Arg), a half-sister to stakes-placed Major Hope and from the family of multiple Grade 1-winning champion Shared Belief and Grade 3-winner Little Miss Molly. 

Eddie Woods led all consignors with nine 2-year-old Thoroughbreds selling for $2,213,500 while de Meric Sales sold 10 head for $1,839,000.

Pedro Lantz as agent for KAS stables led all buyers after signing for two head for $900,000. Three Amigo ranked second with their lone purchase for $775,000.

The four-day OBS Spring Sale continues Wednesday with Hips 303 – 604 starting to sell at 10:30 a.m. EDT. The auction runs through Friday.

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