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Record median achieved at OBS March Sale

THE OBS March Selected Two-year-olds in Training Sale in Florida concluded its buoyant two-day run on Wednesday with major increases across-the-board.

Although no horse surpassed the 2011 ceiling of $925,000, nine horses sold for $400,000 or more compared to four last year. In all, 179 two-year-olds changed hands for a total of $24,819,000, a marginal increase from 2011 when 58 more horses were sold out of a 26 per cent larger catalogue. The average rose 33 per cent to $138,656 while the median leapt 50 per cent to a sale record of $105,000.

 

The clearance rate remained stable at 74 per cent.

The sale was a spectacular success for Robert and Mary Harris' Harris Training Center, which sold both session-toppers on behalf of Claiborne Farm; a $485,000 daughter of Empire Maker and the $800,000 sale-topping son of resident stallion War Front. Both were bought by Frank Fletcher Racing Operations on the advice on agent Donato Lanni.

"I didn't think this one was going to be that expensive, but it (the price) just kept going up," Fletcher told the Blood-Horse. "I bought this horse to try and win the Arkansas Derby; that's my goal.

"He (Lanni) picks them out and he looked at everything here. He spent a week here, I guess.When he tells me they're what I want, that (buying) is what I do. I take the best advice I can get."

Agent John Moynihan was the underbidder on the War Front colt, who was bred by Seth Hancock's Cherry Valley Farm out of Henna, an unraced Horse Chestnut half-sister to Grade 1-winning sprinter and successful sire Pomeroy. He worked a furlong in :10 seconds during the under tack show last week.

Moynihan enjoyed better luck when securing a colt from the first crop of Grade 2 winner Tiz Wonderful for $525,000. Moynihan was acting on behalf of Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Stables, whose late husband, Jess Jackson, campaigned the sire. Purchased for $82,000 at last year's OBS August Yearling Sle by consignor Paul Sharp under the name Buttonwood Bloodstock, the colt is a half-brother to a minor winner and out of the Grade 2-placed Foolish Kiss.

The dearest filly sold during Wednesday's session was a second-crop daughter of Kentucky Derby hero Street Sense, who was knocked down for $475,000 to prominent owner Mike Repole and his trainer Todd Pletcher.

 

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