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Smart Strike colt heads strong day at OBS

OBS March Select 2yo Sale comparative figures ($)
 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2010  170  122  87  71  8,656,000  99,494  75,000
 2009  260  192  113  59  10,820,000  95,752  70,000

A SURPRISINGLY strong depth of buyers in the $100,000 to $200,000 range contributed to rises in average and median during the opening session of the OBS March Selected Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale in Florida on Tuesday.

A total of 27 of the 87 horses sold fell within that price range. The average rose four per cent to $99,494 while the median increased seven per cent to $75,000. Particularly encouraging was the clearance rate, which rose from last year's dire 59 per cent to 71 per cent.

A smaller catalogue and 37 per cent reduction in the number of horses offered was a primary factor in the aggregate dropping 20 per cent to $8,656,000.


Colts dominated the top end of the market with agent Donato Lanni going to $400,000 on behalf of Kaleem Shah for a Smart Strike half-brother to the Grade 2-placed Holiday Runner, the dam of last season's Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap winner Seventh Street. Niall Brennan Stables consigned the colt on behalf of breeder Peter Blum.

Kaleem Shah, the founder of US-based telecommunications company CALNET, has purchased yearlings under his own name for  several years in the US. However, he entered the juvenile market in a big way last year when paying a total of $2.8 million for six two-year-olds including $1.9 million for the Keeneland April sale-topper, an A P Indy colt out of Azeri later named Take Control.

The Smart Strike colt is likely to join Take Control in Bob Baffert's barn.

It was a fair drop down to the next most expensive lot, a colt from the first crop of Grade 2-winning sprinter War Front who was sold to Satish Sanan's Padua Stables for $275,000.

The colt, who is out of a half-sister to Canadian champion grass horse Hasten To Add, was picked up by All The Rage Partners for $75,000at last year's Keeneland September Sale.

A son of Mr Greeley represented an even bigger profit for his vendors, Harris Training Center, when selling for $260,000 to Equix LLC. The May-born youngster was purchased for just $45,000 during the later stages of the Keeneland September Sale.

The OBS March Sale concludes on Wednesday.






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