Hard Spun offspring popular at OBS sale
PROGENY of Hard Spun were in high demand on the first day of the OBS winter mixed sale in Florida. The first day was split in two, combining a consignor preferred session and a new horses of racing age section.
Lady Clara, a three-year-old filly by Hard Spun, was day one's highest priced lot, selling for $240,000. Offered in the horses of racing age section by Gayle Woods, the filly was knocked down to Amy Tarrant's Hardcare Farm.
Lady Clara, the winner of four races, is a half-sister to King Hesperus, who won the Listed Rochestown Stakes in Ireland for Aidan O'Brien. Their dam, Victorica, won the 1998 National Jockey Club Oaks.
Hard As Steel, an unraced three-year-old son of Hard Spun, was the second highest priced horse in the horses of racing age section selling to Patrice Miller for $85,000.
Hard As Steel is a half-brother to five winners, including the Grade 3 winner Sky Alliance and the stakes winners Classic Alliance and Prime Ruler. He is also a half-brother to the Swifty Classic, who is the dam of Grade three winner Sky Mom.
A yearling daughter of Hard Spun was the highlight during the consignor preferred session, selling to Kaizen Sales for $87,000. She is a half-sister to the Grade 2 winner French Park.
Hard Spun stands at Darley's Jonabell Farm in Kentucky for a fee of $40,000. He won four races during his racing career, including the Grade 1 7f King's Bishop Stakes at Saratoga. The son of Danzig has tasted success on both sides of the Atlantic with his progeny. The John Quinn-trained two-year-old Red Duke, was his standout horse in Europe last year, winning the Group 2 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket.
The opening session, saw 135 horses sell for turnover of $2,156,200. The average price was $15,972 and the median price was $9,000. The overall clearance rate for day one was 67.8 per cent.
During the consignor preferred session, 64 horses sold for $1,159,000 and averaged $18,109. The median was $15,000. The numbers sold fell by 45 per cent and the turnover fell by 20.5 per cent compared with the same session last year. However, the average and median increased by 45.3 per cent and 66.7 per cent.
Turnover for the horses of racing age section was $997,200 for the 71 horses sold. The average was $14,045 and the median was $6,500.