Tiznow (pink): responsible for the $475,000 sale-topper at OBS FebruaryPICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER
Tiznow colt highlights selective market at OBS
THREE horses may have surpassed last year's top mark of $340,000 but that wasn't enough to prevent OBS February Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale in Ocala, Florida, on Tuesday from openingthe US juvenile market on a selective note.
A smaller catalogue contributed to the gross plummeting 35 per cent to $6,414,000 but only 66 horses - just under 100 less than originally catalogued - were listed as sold. The average fell by eight and a half per cent to $97,182 while the median crashed 27 per cent to $66,000.
Unlike last year, neither of the major superpowers, Coolmore or Darley, made a purchase. Last year's leading buyer West Point Stables spent $340,000 on three horses, over $900,000 less than in 2009.
There were several pinhookers who had reason to celebrate, however, led by Carl Bowling of Straightaway Farm who sold a son of Tiznow for $475,000 through Bo Hunt. The youngster, who is out of the stakes-placed Tale Of The Cat mare Six Pack Sally, had cost Bowling just $55,000 at last year's Keeneland September Sale.
New players Chuck and Maribeth Sandford signed for the colt, who had worked a furlong in :10.1 during Friday's under tack show on Ocala's Safetrack. He is likely to be trained by Patrick Byrne.
Another to enjoy a healthy profit was consignor W. D. North, who sold a colt by Yes It's True - a $53,000 purchase as a yearling - for $425,000 to Amy Tarrant of Hardacre Farm. The first foal out of a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Alke, the colt worked a quarter mile in :21, the co-fastest at the distance.
The dearest filly of the day was a daughter of Harlan's Holiday, who will head to Todd Pletcher's barn after being knocked down to Let's Go Stable for $400,000.
Approximately half of the pinhooks offered either failed to cover their costs or sell inthe ring.