Frank Fletcher Racing Operations went to $485,000 to secure the bid on hip No. 180, Ado, an Empire Maker filly, on Tuesday to top the opening session of the OBS March sale in Ocala. The filly, consigned by Harris Training Center, agent, was the last horse through the ring during the sale’s opening day.
Ado is produced from the graded stakes-winning Lord at War (ARG) mare Trip and is a half-sister to stakes-winning Passport, a son of Pulpit. The session topper was bred in Kentucky and worked an eighth in :10 1/5 at last week’s under tack preview.
The top-selling Florida-bred of the first session was hip No. 58, a colt by Montbrook consigned by Ocala Stud, agent, who sold to Toyomitsu Hirai for $470,000. The dark bay or brown colt, whose quarter in :20 4/5 was co-fastest at Thursday’s under tack show, is out of stakes-placed My Golden Quest, by Coronado’s Quest, a half-sister to graded stakes placed My Golden Song.
Hip No. 126, an A.P. Indy colt consigned by Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds LLC, agent, was sold to Mark Casse, agent, for $425,000. The dark bay or brown colt, who worked an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack show, is out of graded stakes winner Sharp Susan, by Touch Gold, and is a half-brother to grade one winner Spring at Last.
Hip No. 165, Swig It, a colt by Tapit, consigned by Halcyon Hammock Farm, Agent, went to Colts Neck Stables for $400,000. The gray or roan colt, out of Swigert, by Fusaichi Pegasus, a half-sister to graded winner Mutakddim.
For the day, 91 horses sold for a total of $11,877,000, compared with 119 horses bringing $10,333,000 at last year’s opening session. The average price was $130,516, up 50.3 percent compared to $86,832 last year, while the median price soared to $100,000 from $57,000 in 2011. The buyback percentage was 26.6 percentage, it was 30 percent a year ago.