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Quiet opening to US juvenile sales season

OBS Selected Two-year-old sale: comparative figures
Year Cat Off Sold % Sold
Agg ($) Av ($) Med ($)
2009 200 154 95 62% 9,925,700 104,481 90,000
2008 172 124 89 72% 14,030,000 157,640 125,000

A DAUGHTER of Grade 2 winner Graeme Hall proved to be the star turn of the OBS Selected Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training in Ocala, Florida on Tuesday, selling to agent Buzz Chace for $340,000.

Unsurprisingly, given the economic climate, the one-day sale fell far short of figures recorded at last year's renewal. OBS reported that 95 horses were sold for an aggregate of $9,925,700, a drop of 29 per cent, and average of $104,481, a plunge 34 per cent from last year's record figure of $157,640.

The median also suffered a big setback, falling by 28 per cent to $90,000. However, probably the most disappointing aspect of the sale was the clearance rate, which fell by ten per cent to 62 per cent.

Chace, acting on behalf of Terry Finley's West Point Thoroughbreds, was the most active buyer, signing for $1,260,000 worth of horses.

Heading their expenditure was the sale-topping Graeme Hall filly, who had cost Sabine Stable $155,000 as a yearling at last year's Keeneland September Sale. The Florida-bred turned in a furlong work of 0.10 secs for consignor Eddie Woods on Friday.

She is the third foal out of the Judge T C mare Vines Of Justice, a multiple-winning half-sister to the Grade 2-placed colt Ketchikan.

Chace also signed for the joint sales-topping colt, a Florida-bred son of Tapit who sold for $300,000 near the end of the session. Out of the unraced Regal Classic mare Granuaile, the colt was retained for $47,000 at last year's OBS Select Yearling Sale and offered by Niall Brennan this time around.

The sale got off to a bright start when the first lot into the ring, a Giant's Causeway half-brother to Group 2 Richmond Stakes winner Montgomery's Arch, consigned by Jerry Bailey, sold for $300,000 to agent Harry Benson.

The colt, who is also a half-brother to minor stakes winner Welcome Inn and British winner Bishopriggs, had been led out unsold as a yearling at $150,000 at last year's Keeneland September Sale.

Unlike previous renewals, European participation at this year's sale was limited. However, the big two powers were present, with John Ferguson paying $180,000 for a daughter of first-crop Darleysire Consolidator and Demi O'Byrne signing for a Concorde's Tune filly who cost $225,000.




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