Halfway through OBS April New York-breds continue solid run

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

By Sarah Mace

At the half-way point of this year’s 4-day Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring sale of 2-year-olds, New York-bred continue to make a solid showing, adding two more six-figure sales to bring the total to five. The top seller at Wednesday’s second session, a colt by Blame, brought $160,000. The second juvenile to make the six-figure cut was a colt by leading New York second crop sire Central Banker.

The session’s top New York-bred was Hip 319, a bay colt by Blame foaled on May 3, 2017 who breezed an eye-catching furlong in :9 4/5 (VIDEO) and was purchased by Lothenbach Stable Inc. for $160,000. A pinhooking success story, the colt sold to Tex Co Co. for $37,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale. His OBS consignor was Crupi’s New Castle Farm.

Bred by Woodville Breeding, the Blame colt is the second foal out of Marie Antoinette, whose first foal, 3-year-old Kentucky-bred Sophie Antoinette is a placed runner by Lemon Drop Kid. A daughter of stakes winner Parisian Affair (Mr. Greeley), Marie Antoinette is half-sister to Crimson China, a stakes winner routing on turf.

Shea D Boys Stable went to $110,000 for Wednesday’s other six-figure New York-bred, a bay March colt by New York sire Central Banker (McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds) who sold as Hip 350. Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent XXXIV, the youngster breezed a furlong in :10 flat (VIDEO).

Bred by Dr. Scott W. Pierce, the Central Banker colt is the first foal out of Miss Moultree, an unraced daughter of Uncle Mo, and has an unnamed yearling full sister. His third dam is America America, a multiple stakes winner and multiple graded stakes performer. Other noteworthy names in the family tree are stakes winners Partisan Politics, So Long George and My Gal Betty.

By the midpoint of the four-day auction, of the 43 New York-breds offered for sale, 30 have changed hands, including three private sales for a buyback percentage of 30.2%. The New York-bred average stands at $56,183 and the median is $42,500. The group has some ground to make up on the cumulative sale indicators, where the average and median now stand at $113,041 and $70,000, respectively, with an RNA percentage of 23.7%.

The April sale continues Thursday and Friday with sessions beginning at 10:30 a.m.

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