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A P Indy colt boosts results at OBS April

THE opening session of the OBS Spring Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale in Ocala bucked recent trends on Monday, producing rises in aggregate and average as well as the most expensive horse sold so far this year at the Florida-based auction house.

A son of A.P. Indy offered by Neal Sims, out of the recently deceased Grade 1 winner GotKoko, became the joint second highest-priced horse ever to sell at the April sale when knocked down to John Ferguson, acting through Darley's US president Jimmy Bell, for $675,000.

Bought for $175,000 by vendors Carl Bowling and RickyLeppala at the Keeneland September Sale, the colt had been scheduled to sell at the Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale in February. However, an accident in the days leading up to that auction forced his withdrawal.

Tom Ventura, OBS director of sales, said: "I think the sale got started off of the right note and there's been plenty of activity at all levels. The buy-back rate is very reasonable and most of the horses are getting sold.

"We're certainly very pleased with the sale-topper as he brought more than any other two-year-old we've sold in the last two years."

The colt's price helped the sale achieve a 13 per cent rise in aggregate, compared to 12 months ago, to $5,477,500 for 209 juveniles sold. There were 188 lots sold at last year's opening session.

The average edged up by less than one per cent to $26,083 while the clearance rate rose to 76 per cent, up from 70 per cent last year.

The median was $16,000, a decline of 11 per cent, much lower than decreases in US  select sale medians this year.

 

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