Awesome Debate highlights OBS winter sale

Thursday, January 26th, 2023

Awesome Debate, winner of the 2021 Union Avenue Handicap at Saratoga, sold for $60,000 Tuesday at the OBS winter mixed sale. NYRA Photo.

Stakes winner Awesome Debate sold for $60,000 to top all New York-breds at this week’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s winter mixed sale in Ocala.

H & E Ranch purchased Awesome Debate, selling as Hip 41 in foal to multiple Grade 1 winner Improbable, from the consignment of K P Sales, agent, during the opening consignor preferred session Tuesday. The 7-year-old by Honorable Dillon out of the Freud mare Healthy Debate was bred by Charlton Baker and foaled at Rockridge Stud in Hudson.

Awesome Debate raced for Baker for her first 12 starts before being claimed for $45,000 in May 2021 by trainer Danny Gargan and owner Spedale Family Racing. Spedale and Flying P Stable raced her for two starts and Awesome Debate made her final three starts, which included a victory in the Union Avenue Handicap at Saratoga Race Course, for trainer Bruce Brown and owners Van Vranken Racing and NRB Racing Stable.

Awesome Debate won eight of 17 starts with four placings and earned $323,527.

Awesome Debate highlighted the New York-breds at the OBS winter sale. Photo courtesy of K P Sales.

OBS reported sales on 35 of the 42 New York-breds offered over the two sessions for a total of $607,000 and an average price of $17,343.

A trio of New York-breds sold for $42,000, including a supplemented short yearling filly that sold Wednesday.

First Finds purchased Hip 646, a filly from the first crop of Lookin At Lee and a half sister to Grade 1 winner and New York-bred champion Haveyougoneaway. Bred by Andy and Susan Beadnell – who also bred 2016 Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes and Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap winner Haveyougoneaway – the filly was foaled at Bead Land and Cattle Co. in Pottersville consigned by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds LLC, agent.

The filly is the 11th foal out of the Wiseman’s Ferry mare One Wise Cowgirl, who is also the dam of five other winners including $118,698-earner She’sakittykat. Haveyougoneaway, New York-bred champion older dirt female and female sprinter in 2016, won 11 of 27 starts and earned $907,425. She sold for $1.1 million at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale.

The other two $42,000 purchases were newly turned 3-year-olds and came via private sale after going through the ring.

Zeppes Stables bought Hip 226, a colt by Sharp Azteca; and Shelley Brown landed Hip 239, a gelding by Nyquist.

Oscar Brown Stables, agent consigned by Sharp Azteca colt out of the unraced Empire Maker mare Future Reward. Bred by John Lauriello and foaled at Hickory Hill Farm Thoroughbreds in Fort Edward, the colt breezed 3 furlongs in :34 during presale workouts. He’s the second foal out of Future Reward, who is out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Gracious Gift, who is out of Hall of Famer Heavenly Prize.

Jesse Hoppel’s Coastal Equine LLC, agent, consigned the Nyquist gelding out of the stakes-winning Freud mare Karakorum Elektra and also breezed 3 furlongs in :34 during presale workouts. Bred by West End Thoroughbreds LLC and foaled at Edition Farm in Hyde Park, the gelding is the fifth foal out of the $484,676 earner and a half to stakes-placed Elektronic and winners Chiclet’s Dream and Notorious

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