Colt by Runhappy is top New York-bred at select session of OBS October yearling sale

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

By Sarah Mace

At Tuesday’s select session of the two-day Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2019 October yearling sale, a colt by Runhappy bred by Highclere brought the top price of 14 New York-breds to change hands. Insignia Bloodstock signed the ticket for $110,000. The average price for an Empire State-bred in the session was $36,286 while the median came in at $30,000. For the session as a whole, the average was $46,324 – up 12.3% from 2018– and the median was $35,000, up 25%. The New York-bred buyback rate of 33.3% came in a shade below with the overall RNA percentage for the session of 34.9%.

The solidly-built Highclere-bred colt, offered as Hip 188, is a bay from the first crop of Runhappy foaled on May 11, 2018. Consigned on behalf of the breeder by Stuart Morris, the session’s top consignor, he became the seventh top seller of the select session with Insignia Bloodstock’s winning bid of $110,000. [OBS walking video]

Out of Tazarine, a Kentucky-bred multiple winner by Cat Thief, the colt is a half-brother to stakes performer Moms Choice by Kitten’s Joy. His second dam, a graded stakes performer by Java Gold, produced Resplendency, a stakes winner and Grade 1 performer and producer. Tazarine was bred this year to Bolt d’Oro.

The leading New York-bred filly of the select session was a bay daughter of Liam’s Map bred by Jerry Bilinski and Marty Zaretsky. Consigned, like the top colt, by Stuart Morris, agent, Hip 75 was purchased by Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt for $85,000. Foaled on March 9, 2018, she sold this summer at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale to Bluebird Bloodstock for $30,000. [OBS walking video]

The most recent reported foal out of Hanna’s Harmony, the sale filly is a half-sister to stakes winner Classy Zip (City Zip) and stakes performer Frozen Hannah (E Dubai). Jerry Bilinski bought Hanna’s Harmony at the 2014 Keeneland November breeding stock sale for $65,000. She has produced five winners from five foals to start and has been bred this year to Bustin Stones.

The sale continues with an open session on Wednesday, October 9, beginning at 10:30 a.m., with Hips 301–722.

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