Curlin: a member of his first book, East Long Lake, topped the opening session of the OBS Winter Mixed Sale when selling for $105,000PICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER
Average and median rise at OBS Winter Mixed
THE consignor preferred session of the two-day Ocala Breeders Sale Company's Winter Mixed Sale inFlorida experienced an encouraging trade on Tuesday with the average and median both rising from 2009.
A reduction in entries to the first session of approximately 100 horses to 166 helped the average and median increase by 13 and 24 per cent to $13,993 and $5,100. However, it also contributed to the an aggregate fall of 37 per cent to $918,700 for 94 horses - 68 per cent of those offered - sold.
East Long Lake, the only mare catalogued in foal to dual US Horse of the Year Curlin, topped proceedings when selling for $105,000 to Florida-based breeder Mary K. Haire.
The four-year-old daughter of Sultry Song, who was consigned by Kaizen Sales, was led out unsold at $95,000 at the Keeneland November Sale last year. The unraced mare is a half-sister to ten winners including triple Grade 3 winner Ok By Me.
The highest-priced yearling of the day was a filly by champion sprinter Speightstown, who was knocked down to Henry Carroll for $65,000. Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck's Summerfield consigned the filly,who is a half-sister to Carroll's stakes-placed runner How Bout Tonight.