Alpha colt is top New Yorker in opening session of OBS April

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

By Sarah Mace

A bay colt from the first crop of New York sire Alpha was the top-selling New York-bred juvenile in Tuesday’s opening session of the four-day 2018 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s April sale of 2-year-olds in training. Bred by Sequel Stallions New York and consigned by Sequel Bloodstock, the youngster was purchased by David Meah for $120,000 on behalf of Team D, Circle B and John Holmes.

Tuesday’s transaction marks the second time Hip 67, who breezed a furlong in :11 flat in the under tack show, had come under the hammer. At the 2017 OBS yearling sale he went to Second Chance Racing for $14,000.

Foaled on March 12, 2016, the colt is out of Back in the Shade, a stakes-performing Florida-bred mare by Put It Back whose second dam Nabora is a stakes producer. Two of Nabora’s daughters are also stakes producers. Back in the Shade has produced two winners, topped by Jonker, a Japan-based colt by Exchange Rate who has earned $510,600. Sequel sold Back in the Shade for $4,500 at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton New York fall mixed sale, and her most recent reported foal by is a yearling filly by Forty Tales.

A second New York-bred 2-year-old to reach the six-figure threshold in the session was Hip 156, a dark bay/brown Bodemeister colt from the immediate family of $1.2-million earner and sire Musket Man.

Bred by McMahon of Saratoga and foaled on April 6, 2016, the colt is a graduate of last summer’s Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale in Saratoga, where he was purchased by Windswept Stables for $50,000.

Consigned at OBS by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent XV, the Bodemeister colt was purchased by trainer Linda Rice, who signed a $100,000 ticket for an undisclosed client following the colt’s :10.2-furlong work under tack.

The dam of Hip 156 is Casablanca Babe, a Kentucky-bred mare by Horse Chestnut (SAF) who was purchased by McMahon of Saratoga with the sale colt in utero for $50,000 from the Hidden Brook consignment at the 2016 Keeneland January sale.

Casablanca Babe is a half-sister to Musket Man. Ron the Greek, a multiple graded stakes winner, $2.7-earner and champion imported older male in Saudia Arabia appears under the third dam. On the track the mare won 12 races and earned over $200,000 and has been a consistent performer as a broodmare, having produced five winners from five foals to start.

Eighteen New York-bred juveniles were offered in the first session at OBS. Fourteen changed hands (including 2 private sales) for a 22.2% buyback percentage. The New York-bred average was $50,357 and the median checked in at $42,500.

The auction continues with Hips 307-612 on Wednesday, Hips 613-918 on Thursday and Hips 919-1222 on Friday. All sessions begin at 10:30 a.m.



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