Linda Rice goes to $350,000 for Alpha colt in final session of OBS April

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

By Sarah Mace

The progeny of New York’s freshman sire Alpha proved extremely popular at this week’s four-day Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s April sale of 2-year-olds in training. A trio of Alpha colts fetched six figures, capped by Hip 986 who sold to Linda Rice for $350,000 in the concluding session of trading.

Born on January 28, 2016 at Sequel Stallions in Hudson, Hip 986 was Alpha’s first reported foal. Alpha is a multiple Grade 1-winning son of Bernardini who famously dead-heated with Golden Ticket in the 2012 Grade 1 Travers Stakes for Godolphin and Kiaran McLaughlin. Winner also of the Woodward Stakes, he stands at Becky Thomas’s Sequel Stallions for $5,000.

Bred by Eddie Woods’ Other Things, the colt’s dam is Kentucky-bred stakes winner Silence Dogood (Grand Slam), bought by Woods from the Sequel consignment for $32,000 at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton New York fall mixed sale. Woods consigned the colt at OBS, where he worked a quarter in :21 4/5 in the under-tack show.

Silence Dogood comes from a strong, deep family. She is a half-sister to stakes winner Silver Haze and productive Chester and Mary Broman broodmare Unbridled Star. Unbridled Star is the dam of stakes-winner and sire Friend Or Foe, stakes winner Star Grazing and Stolen Star, dam of millionaire Highway Star. Grade 1-placed Rodman also appears under the second dam. The colt’s third dam is multiple Grade 1 winner Taisez Vous, and his extended family includes European champion Bint Pasha and Grade 1 winner Beautician. Silence Dogood has produced two winners to date.

The New York-bred contingent at OBS was 80 horses strong. Of these 63 sold (including eight to-date by private sale) for a buyback percentage of 21.2%. Fourteen individuals brought six figures. The New Yorkers averaged $67,889 and the all-important median price came in at a strong $52,000.

The OBS sale as a whole was a record-breaker for the second straight year. In all 707 horses grossed a sale record $69,429,500, compared with 678 youngsters who brought a record $60,935,900 a year ago. The average price was a sale record $98,203, topping last year’s record of $89,876.  The sale median was $55,000, which is 15.8% above the 2017 sale record $47,500. Buybacks were 17.9%, up slightly from 17% a year ago.

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