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Cannonball: a Kitten's Joy half-brother to the Golden Jubilee Stakes runner-up sold for $110,000 at OBS

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OBS August Yearling Sale closes with gains

THE OBS August Yearling Sale in Florida concluded its three-day run on Thursday in encouraging fashion by recording gains in both the select and open sessions.

Tuesday's select session saw 131 horses sell for a total of $5,762,000 and average of $43,985, up 17 per cent from 2011. The median rose eight per cent to $35,000. Six horses sold for $100,000 or more compared with two in 2011.

A son of WinStar Farm's first-crop sire Colonel John was the star of the three-day auction, selling for $220,000 to trainer Wesley Ward. Consigned by Beth Bayer, the colt is a half-brother to Listed winner Glitter City and out of Bon Caro, an unraced daughter of Bon Point.

The two-day open segment of the sale was topped by a son of exciting young Kentucky sire Kitten's Joy, who sold for for $110,000 to Al Pike. The only yearling to break six figures during the open session, the colt is a half-brother to the Golden Jubilee Stakes runner-up Cannonball and out of the winning Skywalker mare No Deadline. He was consigned by Dapple Stud.

The open session saw 189 horses sell for a total of $2,128,900 and average of $11,264, up 13 per cent from 2011. The median rose 14 per cent to $8,000.

 

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