A colt by War Front fetched the top price of $800,000 to lead the way during Wednesday’s session of the OBS March sale in Ocala, Fl., and top the two-day offering. The second-highest price of the session was a Tiz Wonderful colt who sold to Stonestreet for $525,000.
Consigned by Harris Training Center, agent, the sale topper, who sold as hip No. 342, was purchased by Frank Fletcher Racing Operation.
Out of the Horse Chestnut (SAF) mare Henna, the dark bay or brown colt is from the family of multiple Grade 1 winner Pomeroy. The colt worked an eighth in :10 flat at the preview. War Front, a son of Danzig, stands in Kentucky at Claiborne Farm. Fletcher also acquired Tuesday’s session topper, an Empire Maker filly named Ado.
All told on Wednesday, 84 head changed hands for a gross of $12,580,000 compared to 118 in the corresponding session at last year’s sale that grossed $14,378,000. Wednesday’s average was $149,762, up 23 percent from $121,847 a year ago; the median was $110,000 compared to $86,000 at last year’s sale.
The two-day total gross was $24,819,500 on 179 juveniles sold. The total gross was nearly identical to a year ago when 237 head brought $24,711,000. The average was $138,656 this year, up a sharp 33 percent from $104,266 last year.
The second-highest priced juvenile of the day was hip No. 323, a Tiz Wonderful colt who sold to Stonestreet for $525,000. Tiz Wonderful, a multiple graded stakes winner in his career, stands in Kentucky at Spendthrift Farm and he is represented this season by his initial crop of 2-year-olds. The colt, who worked an eighth in :10 flat at the preview, was consigned by Paul Sharp, agent.
Leoridesanimaux stands in Florida at Stonewall Farm Ocala.
Hip No.’s 188 and 298 both were hammered down for $475,000. Hip No. 188 is a bay filly by Darley Stallion Street Sense out of the stakes-placed and stakes-producing Valid Appeal mare Unlimited Pleasure. The filly, consigned by Ocala Stud, is a Florida-bred half-sister to Grade 1 stakes winner Jardin and stakes winner Beacon Shine. She was purchased by Todd Pletcher as agent for Mike Repole.
Hip No. 298 is a colt by Read the Footnotes—Dixie Talent, by Dixie Union. Consigned by Southern Chase Farm, the colt was purchased by Toyomitsu Hirai.