BY BROCK SHERIDAN
A colt by Mitole topped the first day of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Winter Mixed Sale that featured a Preferred Session of yearlings plus supplements and a Horses of Racing Age Session with supplements. The two-day sale continues Wednesday with an Open Session that begins at 12 noon.
The Preferred Session sold 74 yearlings for gross sales of $1,665,900 for an average of $22,512 and a median price of $16,000. That compares to last year’s Preferred Session of the Winter Mixed Sale when 99 head generated gross sales of $2,696,700 with an average of $27,239 and a median of $20,000. The average price was down 17.3% compared to last year’s Preferred Session and the median fell 20%.
Hip 87 dropped the gavel at $95,000 on a final bid from Calumet Farm. The bay colt is by Mitole out of the Terrell mare Wild Hickory, a half-sister to multiple graded stakes-winner Alert Bay, and was consigned by Danielle Loya’s Silver Oaks Farm as agent.
Hip 30, a Florida-bred colt by Yaupon – Judit Seipert Photo
Selling for $85,000 to Love’s Equine as agent for Classic Automations LLC was Hip 30, Mighty Yaupon, a Florida-bred colt from the first crop by Yaupon out of the stakes-placed mare Mighty Souper, by War Front. Mighty Souper is the dam of Florida-bred Forever Souper, who just won the $75,000 Sunshine Turf Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Consigned by Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield, the colt was bred in Florida by Dominque Damico.
Also bringing a final bid of $85,000 was Hip 110, a bay filly from the first crop by Charlatan out of the Distorted Humor mare Charge of Angels, a full sister to stakes-winner Dramedy and stakes-placed Cal Nation and a half-sister to Grade 1-winner Bluegrass Cat, Grade 2-winner Lord of the Game, stakes-winner Sonoma Cat and stakes-producers Showpiece and Cool Storm. Consigned by Francis and Barbara Vanlanendonck’s Summerfield, the filly is a half-sister to stakes-placed Winning Number. The filly was purchased by Latinos y Mas.
Latinos y Mas also went to $75,000 to acquire Hip 80 from the Beth Bayer as agent consignment. The Florida-bred colt is by Practical Joke out of the Yes It’s True mare Valley Oak, a full sister to stakes-winner Little Rocket. The colt was bred in Florida by Nature Coast Thoroughbreds.
Selling for $72,000 was Hip 125 from Danielle Loya’s Silver Oaks Farm as agent consignment. Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt purchased the dark bay or brown filly by first crop sire Silver State out of Home Again, by Speightstown. Home Again is a half-sister to stakes-placed Game Fair.
Hip 40, Florida-bred filly by Girvin, sold for $70,000 to AAA Thoroughbreds from the consignment of Get Away Farm, agent. The bay filly is out of the Jimmy Creed mare Presage and is from the family of champion Lord Avie. She was bred in Florida by Carol Ann Reitman, Susan Gannon and Warren Miller.
Another selling for $70,000 was Hip 105, who went to H & E Ranch. The bay colt was consigned by Richard Kent’s Kaizen Sales and is by Maximus Mischief out of Bratouttahell, by Distorted Humor, a half-sister to Grade 1-placed, stakes-winner City Style and graded-stakes producers My Order and Caricature.
Hip 21, a Florida-bred filly, went for $62,000 to Boots Bloodstock. Consigned by Beth Bayer as agent, the filly is from the first crop by Lexitonian out of the stakes-placed Know It All Anna, by Midnight Lute. Know It All Anna has also produced stakes-winner Know It All Audrey and is a half-sister to stakes-placed Street Icon. The filly was bred in Florida by Beth Bayer.
Beth Bayer led all consignors with $368,200 in sales from 22 head while Summerfield sold eight yearlings for $295,000.
Latino y Mas led all buyers, spending $160,000 for two yearlings while Arindel purchased five yearlings for $122,000.
The top seller from the Horse of Racing Age Session was Hip 227, a 3-year-old filly by Enticed out of Pyrite Storm, by Formal Dinner, who was purchased for $70,000 by Emerald Sales, agent for K E M Stables. The filly was consigned by Gutierrez Sales as agent and Pyrite Storm is a half-sister to stakes-placed runners Rachel Lynn B C and Kira’s Wink.
The Horses of Racing Age Session sold 26 head for gross sales of $505,000 for an average of $19,423 and a median of $11,000. The average was a 16.5% increase compared to last year’s Horses of Racing Age average of $16,672 and the median was a 10% jump above the $10,000 median last year.
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