New York-bred momentum carries through Session 2 at OBS March

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

By Sarah Mace

Following the record-breaking Broman-bred Tapit colt who brought $2 million on the opening day of the two-session OBS March sale, New York-bred juveniles continued to make waves in the second (and concluding) session of the auction Wednesday. A pair of filly and colt standouts, each sporting a quarter-mile breeze in :21 flat, brought price tags north of $300,000

Gulf Coast Stables LLC went all the way to $450,000 to acquire Hip 544, a bay filly from the first crop of Commissioner. Bred by Carl Bennett, the filly is out of Tregrandibambini by Stonesider. Unraced, Tregrandibambini is a half-sister to accomplished race mare Willet who bankrolled $865,900 over the course of six campaigns while winning five stakes. The filly’s second dam is Katina K, a winning daughter of Distinctive Pro out of New York-bred Grade 3 winner Darlin Momma. Tregrandibambini, who has already produced a winner, foaled a Palace colt on February 20, 2019.

The OBS sale was the third trip through the auction ring for the Commissioner filly, who gained value exponentially with each transaction. Changing hands for just $15,000 as a weanling when purchased by Twin Peeks Bloodstock at the Fasig-Tipton fall mixed sale in New York, the filly brought $70,000 from Jerry Coult Partners at the Fasig-Tipton New York preferred yearling sale. At OBS she was consigned by Brick City Thoroughbreds.

The top New York-bred male of the second session was Hip 567, a dark bay or brown colt by Tale of the Cat out of Whispering. Bred by Empire Equines (John and Sandy Crowe), he was hammered down to Gold Square LLC for $325,000. The colt’s dam, Whispering by Quiet American, is a winner and winner producer. The colt’s third dam, multiple group winner Martessa, was mare of the year and champion 3-year-old filly in her native Germany. The filly, who was consigned by Eddie Woods, previously RNA’d for $47,000 at last summer’s Fasig-Tipton New York preferred yearling sale.

Once the OBS March results were in the books, 50 New York-bred juveniles had sold (including five private sales to date), of 60 to go through the ring, for an upbeat buyback percentage of 16.7%, which compared favorably to the sale’s 23.1% clearance rate. Seventeen New York-breds sold for six figures and up, with five bringing price tags larger than $300,000. The New York-bred average came in at $131,200, while the median was $46,000. For the sale overall, the average and median were $143,762 and $80,000.

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