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Macho Again: top lot is bred on the same cross as the Grade 1 winner

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Major pinhook coup for De Meric in OBS finale

PINHOOKER Tristan De Meric scored a massive pinhooking coup in the final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's spring sale of two-year-olds in training on Thursday.

A son of Macho Uno De Meric bought as a yearling for just $22,000 at the 2010 OBS January Mixed Sale sold for $825,000 to Hill ‘n' Dale Bloodstock on behalf of Frank Fletcher Racing.

The colt, who will enter training with Bob Baffert, breezed 2f in 20.4 seconds at last week's under-tack show - a time which equalled the track record on the OBS synthetic surface.

He is out of the Wild Again mare La Defense, making him a half-brother to stakes winner Quelle Surprise.

De Meric - who is 25 and owned only one juvenile this year - told the Thoroughbred Times: "Everything fit; he had a lot of pedigree and is bred on the same cross as Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicapwinner Macho Again.

"And then it all came together with Macho Uno back in the news because of Mucho Macho Mon on the Kentucky Derby trail."
De Meric's father Nick is an established pinhooker in America.

Frank Fletcher Racing also paid $675,000 for a Hard Spun colt out of the A.P. Indy mare Light From Above, from the consignment of Hartley/De Renzo.

For the session, 196 horses brought a total of $6,927,200, compared with 159 horses grossing $4,863,300 in last year's final session.

The average price was $35,343, up by 15 per cent from $30,618 a year ago, while the median price was $17,000, compared with $18,000 in 2010. The buyback percentage was 25.5 per cent, compared with 33.8 per cent last year.

For the entire sale, 822 horses sold for a sale record total of $25,897,400, compared with 736 horses grossing $20,547,400 in 2010. The average price was $31,505, up by 13 per cent from $27,918 a year ago, while the median price was $20,000, identical to a year ago.

The buyback rate was 24 per cent, compared with 26.2 per cent in 2010. Fifty-two horses sold for $100,000 or more compared with 32 last year.




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