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Laoban colt ends strong run for NY-breds at OBS

Sunday, July 19th, 2020

Laoban, winner of the Grade 2 Jim Dandy, sired 2-year-old who brought $255,000 at OBS July Sale. Adam Coglianese/NYRA Photo.

By Tom Law

Bloodstock agent Steve Young went to $255,000 to buy a colt by freshman sire Laoban to highlight a productive run for New York-breds at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s July 2-year-old and horses of racing age sale.

Sold as Hip 983 during Thursday’s final session, the colt worked an eighth in :09.80 to top last Sunday’s presale breeze show. Consigned by Jesse Hoppel’s Coastal Equine LLC, agent, the Laoban colt sold as a yearling for $3,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga October mixed sale.

Bred by the partnership that includes Spruce Lane, Built Wright, Lynn Farm, Will Robbins and Copper Beach, the colt is out of the Henny Hughes mare One Look, a half sister to graded stakes-placed Before You Know It.

The Laoban colt was one of three six-figure New York-breds to sell over the three sessions.

New York-breds topped the opening and second sessions – Hip 15, a filly by Shackleford out of the Indian Charlie mare Peace Queen sold for $375,000 Tuesday to Donato Lanni, agent, and Hip 640, a filly by Not This Time out of the A.P. Indy mare Exotic Design sold for $270,000 Wednesday to Tobey L. Morton.

Overall, 62 of the 78 New York-breds offered sold for $1,866,300, an average of $30,102.

NY-bred fillies top OBS July sessions

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

Shack’s Lil Mishap sells for $375,000 to highlight OBS June opener. Judit Siepert/OBS Photo.

By Tom Law

New York-bred fillies proved in high demand during the opening two sessions of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s July sale of 2-year-olds and horses of racing age Tuesday and Wednesday.

Shack’s Lil Mishap, a New York-bred daughter of 2011 Preakness winner Shackleford, started the big two-day run when she landed a final bid of $375,000 as Hip 15 to top the opening session.

Donato Lanni, agent, bought the filly out of Indian Charlie mare Peace Queen from the Jesse Hoppel’s Coastel Equine LLC consignment. Shack’s Lil Mishap breezed a quarter-mile Monday in :21 4/5, the fastest at the distance during presale workouts Monday.

Bred in the Empire State by James G. Doyle, Shack’s Lil Mishap is out of a half sister to Grade 2 winner and $654,698-earner Tizaqueena from the family of graded stakes winners Ziggy’s Act, Miss Mo Mentum, Lookin For Eight and Summersault.

Wednesday’s second session topper was Hip 640, a New York-bred daughter of first-crop sire and Grade 3 winner Not This Time purchased by Emerald Sales, agent for Tobey L. Morton on a bid of $270,000.

Consigned by de Meric Sales, agent, the filly out of the A.P. Indy mare Exotic Design breezed an eighth in 9 4/5 during presale workouts, the fastest of last Thursday’s session.

Bred by Sequel Stallions NY and Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC, the Not This Time filly previously sold for $19,000 at the 2019 OBS October yearling sale.

Quartet of NY-breds set for FT July Sale

Saturday, July 11th, 2020

Fasig-Tipton hosts its July Horses of Racing Age Sale Monday. Photo by Z/Fasig-Tipton

By Tom Law

Stakes-placed Behind The Couch and 2020 winner Impetuous and two other New York-breds will go through the ring Monday at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July horses of racing age sale.

The quartet was part of a group of nine New York-breds originally cataloged to sell at the single-day sale in Lexington.

Behind The Couch, a winner in seven starts and third in the 2019 Bouwerie Stakes at Belmont Park, sells as Hip 12. Consigned by Gainesway, agent, the 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro out of the Tapit mare Tapitbythesea is a half sister to winner Driftwood from the family of Shackleford, Lady Joanne and Uncle Lino. (Hip 12 past performances)

The first New York-bred to sell will be Hip 7, the unraced 3-year-old Flatter filly Arctic Fox. Consigned by Denali Stud, agent, the filly out of the stakes-winning Not For Love mare Stowe White sold for $140,000 at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale. (Hip 7 past performances)

Denali also sells Impetuous, cataloged as Hip 54. A 3-year-old son of Fast Anna, Impetuous sold for $130,000 at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred sale and he’s won one of five with a third for $48,120 in earnings.

Impetuous, a maiden winner Jan. 25 at Aqueduct, finished 10th in a 6-furlong state-bred allowance on the grass June 20 at Belmont Park. He’s out of the Successful Appeal mare Roxy Dancer, a half sister to Grade 3 winner Declan’s Warrior and stakes winner Canonize. (Hip 54 past performances)

The final New York-bred remaining in the sale through Saturday scratches will be Hip 93, the unraced 3-year-old Empire Maker colt Robber Baron. A $225,000 buy at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred sale, Robber Baron is out of multiple stakes winner and $534,850-earner Toasting. (Hip 93 past performances)

The sale, which featured an original catalog of 182 horses before scratches, begins at 4 p.m. EDT Monday.

Trade for NY-breds strong at FT Midlantic sale

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

Hip 296, Tiznow colt bred by Avanti Stables, brought highest price for New York-bred at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale on bid of $375,000. Photos by Z/Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Tom Law

Eleven New York-breds, including a colt that brought the seventh most expensive price, sold for six figures at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale that ended Tuesday in Timonium, Md.

Southern California-based trainer Ron Ellis, acting as an agent, landed the top-priced New York-bred, going to $375,000 to buy Hip 296, a colt by Tiznow out of the Tale of the Cat mare Tanglewood Tale.

Bred by Mario and Dawn Martinez’s Avanti Stable and raised at their farm in Greenfield Center just outside Saratoga Springs, the colt was consigned by Bobby Dodd, agent. He originally sold for $130,000 out of the Paramount Sales consignment to Grand Oaks at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale.

Mario Martinez followed the action Tuesday and the price for the colt didn’t surprise him a bit.

“I was expecting it,” he said. “He was a very good natured horse, very sweet. Easy to handle and turned into a real gentleman as he grew up.”

The Tiznow colt, foaled at Song Hill Thoroughbreds in Mechanicville and a half brother to the winning Union Rags colt Tale of the Union who brought $925,000 at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May sale, helped spark strong sales for New York-breds in Maryland.

Fasig-Tipton reported sales on 70 of the 85 New York-breds offered for $3,880,500, an average price of $55,436 and median price of $32,500. The RNA rate for New York-breds came in at a low 17.6 percent.

Overall, 303 horses sold for $23,572,500, an average price of $77,797 and a median price of $40,000. Fasig-Tipton did not compare this year’s sale to last year because of the shift in dates for the annual auction from mid-May to late June due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Avanti also bred Tale of the Union, a winner in his debut last August at Del Mar for Bob Baffert and owner Michael Lund Petersen. He’s run twice since, finishing seventh in a Santa Anita Park optional claimer May 15 and third in his return to his home state in a New York-bred allowance at Belmont Park June 6.

Tanglewood Tale also produced six-time winner Big Thicket, a now 5-year-old gelding by Union Rags who sold for $70,000 at the 2016 Saratoga New York-bred sale and Price Target, a 3-year-old Lemond Drop Kid colt who brought $150,000 at the same auction in 2018.

Not bred in 2020, Tanglewood Tale is the dam of a yearling filly by Union Rags named Tiffany Tale and a weanling colt by Candy Ride.

“I have two mares, Tanglewood Tale and the other Speightful Lady, that both produce terrific offspring,” Martinez said. “This year we decided not to sell, we’re keeping the offspring from Tanglewood Tale. … When Fasig-Tipton canceled the sales (in Saratoga) it was a good time to not sell anyway.”

The second day of the sale also saw Speedway Stable go to $325,000 to buy the top-priced New York-bred filly, a daughter of American Pharoah out of the Any Given Saturday mare Choice Pearl.

Bred by Martin Zaretsky’s Pine Ridge Stables Ltd., the filly originally sold for $75,000 to Gulfstream Gallop LLC/Kirkwood, agent, at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale. Kip Elser’s Kirkwood Stables also sold the filly at the Midlantic sale.

NY breeder of $290,000 Tonalist filly celebrates from afar

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

Hip 27, a filly by Tonalist bred by John Lauriello and raised in Fort Edward, sold for $290,000 at Midlantic spring sale. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Tom Law

John Lauriello waited on some news at his home in Birmingham, Alabama, Tuesday afternoon before receiving an unexpected update about a filly he bred who sold at an auction almost 800 miles away.

“I work in commercial real estate, restaurants things like, business retail, shopping centers, so you can imagine what things have been like the last few months,” Lauriello said Wednesday afternoon. “Last week I’m with a client who I’ve been with for 40 years, most of the day Wednesday and all day Thursday. He calls me Friday at 5 o’clock our time and tells me ‘my granddaughter and I just tested positive for the virus.’ ”

Lauriello, who grew up in Amsterdam, N.Y., before moving to Alabama as a teenager, and his wife Beth immediately went to a nearby medical clinic after hearing that news for their own Covid-19 test. The results of the test wouldn’t come until Tuesday, the same day the second session of the delayed Fasig-Tipton Midlantic spring 2-year-olds in training sale went on in Timonium, Md.

Lauriello didn’t have a direct link to the sale, but an indirect one in a filly by Tonalist he bred from his winning Harlan’s Holiday mare Holiday Apple. He sold her almost a year before for $75,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall sale through Sarah Sutherland and Shack Parish’s team at Indian Creek after she RNA’d for $45,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred sale.

“So we’re at home waiting for the results and Jamie LaMonica, who I’ve worked with for a while, emailed me (Tuesday) and goes, ‘I hope you saw the sale results, your Holiday Apple filly sold for $290,000 … Sackatoga Stable bought her.’

“So I’m all excited, not that my wife and I don’t have the virus, I’m all excited about the sale. Here we are all worried about the virus and we didn’t even think about the sale, but at that moment I’m jumping up and down. You can imagine what that’s like, a 72-year-old guy jumping up and down. The next thing I know my wife is on the phone and she’s jumping up and down, our test for the coronavirus comes back negative. What a day.”

What a day to say the least.

The Tonalist filly sold early in the opening session and wound up the third most expensive New York-bred at the sale, behind a Tiznow colt who brought $375,000 and an American Pharoah filly that sold for $325,000.

Kip Elser’s Kirkwood Stables sold Hip 27, the Tonalist filly bred by Lauriello, and Hip 451, the American Pharoah out of the Any Given Saturday mare Choice Pearl.

Lauriello’s bases his breeding operation out of Todd and Michele Graves’ Hickory Hill Farm in Fort Edward. He owns seven other broodmares along with Holiday Apple, who produced a filly by Collected this year and was bred back to Leofric. She’s also the dam of a yearling colt by Super Saver that Lauriello co-bred with the Super Saver Syndicate.

“I’d met those guys, the Sackatoga guys, at Pennells in Saratoga,” Lauriello said. “They’re a good group of guys, they’re fun, they love to drink and eat. Plus they’ve got another great horse running this year in Tiz the Law.

“We sold her last year for $75,000. We did fine, got my money back, put a little in my pocket. I knew the guys buying her were pinhookers and I wish them well. This group buying it, from what I read, they’ve never paid over $180,000 for a horse, ever. Then they go to this one for $290,000. It shows they liked the hell out of her.”

Sackatoga Scores Tonalist Filly at Midlantic Sale

Monday, June 29th, 2020

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Fresh off his win in the June 20 Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) with Tiz the Law, trainer Barclay Tagg made the trek to the June 29 opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training to purchase a special Tonalist  filly for Sackatoga Stable.

Consigned as Hip 27 by Kirkwood Stables, agent, the daughter of the Lane’s End Farm stallion was bred in New York by John Lauriello out of the Harlan’s Holiday mare Holiday Apple. She was knocked down to Sackatoga for a final price of $290,000.

The filly’s second dam is the grade 2-placed Clever Trick mare Miss Mary Apples, a proven producer and dam of Fantasy Stakes (G3) winner Lady Apple, stakes winners Dr. Diamonds Prize and Miss Red Delicious, and granddam of Parlor who finished third in the June 20 Wise Dan Stakes (G2T) at Churchill Downs.

Hip 27 was previously purchased by Smart Angle for $75,000 from the consignment of Indian Creek to the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale. She worked a quarter-mile in :22 1/5 during the Midlantic sale under tack show.

Tagg said the prerequisite for any purchase for Jack Knowlton’s Sackatoga Stable was that the juvenile be a registered New York-bred.

“Jack Knowlton just uses New York-breds,” said Tagg. “She’s a very attractive filly, and I liked everything about her when I watched her for a couple of days. We didn’t think she would cost that much money, but I think she’ll be worth it.”

Tagg, who trained 2003 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner Funny Cide for Sackatoga, has navigated a tricky American classic season with the talented Tiz the Law.

A son of Constitution , the flashy bay picked up a top-level score at 2 with a victory in the Champagne Stakes (G1) and has continued to develop into a force to be reckoned with at 3. Undefeated in 2020, Tiz the Law took winning honors in the Feb. 1 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) and March 28 Curlin Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park before heading to New York to run away with the Belmont Stakes.

With 272 qualifying points to his name, Tiz the Law sits atop the leaderboard for the rescheduled Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1).

“Tiz the Law made them (Sackatoga) a little more money,” joked Tagg, adding that the filly would be the only purchase for the New York operation June 29.

As for Tiz the Law, Tagg said the colt is looking happier than ever and hopes the winning streak will continue.

“He’s doing well, very well,” said Tagg. “He came out of his last race great. and we’re very pleased with him.” to host New York-bred dedicated online sale June 18-23

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Seven-figure Speightster colt lights up bid board at OBS Spring finale

Saturday, June 13th, 2020

By Sarah Mace

The New York-bred cohort at Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training concluded business on a high note when late in the fourth and final session of trading Friday Larry Best’s OXO Equine made a winning bid of $1,100,000 on Hip 1312, a smooth-striding chestnut son of freshman WinStar sire Speightster. This was the third and final seven-figure sale at the auction.

Hip 1312, currently named Fortunate Son, was bred by Danzel Brendemuehl Classic Mares. His OBS consigner Tom McCrocklin bought the colt on behalf of Solana Beach for $110,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale in Saratoga.

McCrocklin told the TDN, “I’ve got to tell you, I’ve been asked a lot here, ‘How did you buy that horse for $110,000?’ He was always beautiful and at the end of the day, I don’t know how I got him bought. He’s the only one I have by Speightster, but I started singing his praises as soon as this horse showed the ability he has.”

The colt turned in an effortless-looking quarter mile in :20 4/5 at the under tack show on June 6. [VIDEO] Like many of the high-profile sales at OBS, he was supplemented to the auction after being originally slated for the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale.

The Speightster colt’s dam is Auspicious by Indian Charlie, who scored three wins at two and three, and collected a pair of stakes placings. The Kentucky-bred mare is a half-sister to Flatter Than Me, runner up in the Grade 3 Bashford Manor Stakes. The colt’s third dam is multiple stakes winner and multiple stakes producer Powder Doll, whose offspring include multiple graded winner Scott’s Scoundrel and stakes winner Gobedie.

Christina Jelm, who did the bidding on behalf of Best, commented to the TDN, “He”s a big beautiful horse that checked every box.”


Another New York-bred high-flyer to sell in the closing session of the OBS spring sale was Hip 1226, a dark bay/brown colt by Twirling Candy who is a half-brother to two New York-bred stakes winners. Purchased by Donato Lanni on behalf of Michael Lund Petersen for $375,000, the colt is a graduate of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale where he was acquired by Jeff Fugate for $95,000. In the under tack show he completed a speedy quarter in :10 flat. [VIDEO]

Bred by Joe Gioia’s Very Un Stable, the colt is out of Just Call Me Angel, a Kentucky-bred winner by Devil’s Bag and one-hundred percent producer with six winners from six foals to start. Gioia purchased her at the 2005 OBS winter mixed sale for $16,000 with her first foal, Afleet Alexandra (Northern Afleet), in utero. The filly went on to win the New York Oaks in 2008 and earn more than $250,000 for Very Un Stable. Her fifth foal Saythreehailmary’s (Repent) won the open Ladies Handicap and restricted Bay Ridge and earned nearly $500,000. Just Call Me Angel has a yearling colt by Kantharos and foaled filly by Freud this year.


Top New York-bred to change hands in Thursday’s session three was a bay colt by Flatter, Hip 745, bred by Chester and Mary Broman. Consigned by Ocala Stud, Agent he was purchased by Cromwell Bloodstock, Agent for $180,000 in his first career trip through the ring after breezing a superior quarter mile in :21 flat. [VIDEO]

The Flatter colt is out of successful producer Arradoul who was purchased by the Bromans for $380,000 at the 2011 Keeneland November sale and has since been resold.  A winning Kentucky-bred daughter of Dixieland Band with six winners from six foals to start, Arradoul has produced a pair of stakes performers including New York-bred East View runner-up Backwood Bay by Girolamo. The extended family includes Grade 1 winner A. P. Indian, Grade 2 winner Tiz Shea D and Grade 3 winner Doctor Mounty.


The New York-breds at OBS got off to a bit of slow start but gained momentum over the course of the sale culminating with the seven-figure Speightster colt. As was the case across the board, a large number of New York-breds were withdrawn (54 of 133 catalogued) as a function of the COVID-19-related lapse between the originally scheduled date of the sale in April and mid-June.

In the end, of 79 offered, 56 New York-breds changed hands (including 10 private sales to date) for a solid average price of $84,411 and $38,000 median. The New York-bred buyback percentage which came in at an alarming 52.6% after the sale’s opening session, moderated as the sale picked up momentum, winding up at a somewhat more palatable 29.1%.

For the entire sale, which was conducted in the shadow of the global pandemic, the average price was $92,764 (down 13.9% from 2019’s sale record of $108,227). The median was $50,000 (down from last year’s record $60,000). The buyback percentage was 18.4%..

“Considering what we’ve all had to deal with and where we were two months ago, I think it was a solid sale,” said OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski. “We saw a lot of the same things we’ve been seeing in recent times. The top end of the market takes care of itself, but it gets a little dicey in the middle. But we finished up strong today. I think it’s just a continuing move of the industry in trying to get back to normal.”

Supplemented Distorted Humor filly hammers for $700,000 at OBS Session 2

Thursday, June 11th, 2020

By Sarah Mace

A real gem popped up out of the New York-bred contingent late in the second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training Wednesday.

Bidding on behalf of Susan and Charlie Chu’s Baoma Corp., Donato Lanni and Bob Baffert went to $700,000 to take home Hip 1253, a deep-pedigreed bay filly by Distorted Humor. Bred by Masters 2013 LLC and the Distorted Humor Syndicate, she was supplemented to the auction following the cancellation of the elite Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale. She ended the day as the co-top fourth seller overall at OBS.

The Baffert-bound filly’s pedigree page is strong. Her dam, She’ll Be Right is a winning Kentucky-bred Sky Mesa mare who is a one-hundred percent producer, with four winners from four foals to start. Her most successful progeny are Big Family (Any Given Saturday), a graded stakes placed winner at two, three and four, and Getouttamyway (Cross Traffic), a stakes performer. She’ll Be Right is also a half-sister to multiple stakes winner and Grade 1 stakes performer Storm Treasure. Third dam Lonely Beach is a stakes winner and multiple stakes producer.

Hip 1253 is also a pinhooking coup, having been scooped up to Raven Bloodstock for $100,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale last year. Consigned at OBS by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent XLV, the Distorted Humor filly clocked a quarter in :20 4/5 at the OBS under tack show. [VIDEO]

Susan Chu, who was alerted to the filly by Baffert and Lanni on the morning of session two, told the TDN that $700,000 price tag was bigger than she anticipated.

“When I was on the phone with Bob bidding, I was thinking probably half a million is probably a good price, but then the price just kept going. I know Bob. Bob never stops. When he says, ‘Susan, I’ve got you a good horse,’ then he’ll just keep going and he’ll never stop.”

Brennan said, “We were delighted with that result. The Distorted Humor filly, they are not making too many more of them and he’s a wonderful broodmare sire, so I think if she’s a good filly, she’ll have a lot of residual value down the road. And it doesn’t hurt she’s a New York-bred filly.”

He continued, “She is a filly with a future. She is not a Quarter Horse type. We never really worked her hard on the farm at all. She just did everything nice and easy. The first time we really asked her to run was over here at the sale, but she had the class, the ability and the quality to do it.”


A second noteworthy Empire State-bred transaction in session two, and another pinhooking success story, was Hip 549, a speedy chestnut colt by freshman sire Brody’s Cause who was purchased by Curragh Racing for $170,000 after turning in an eighth of mile breeze in :10 flat in the under tack show. [VIDEO] Summer Mayberry and Ed Pebley bought him for just $30,000 at the OBS yearling sale last year. Mayberry Farm, Agent XI consigned the colt.

Bred by Joe Fafone, Hip 549 is the first foal out of Sweet Love, an unraced Kentucky-bred mare by Any Given Saturday who is a full sister to graded stakes winner and Grade 1 stakes performer Adventist. Three of her half-siblings are also stakes winners: Dijeerr by Danzig, a Group 3 winner in England, Isn’t He Clever by Smarty Jones, a multiple stakes winner of nearly $1 million and Sharp Writer.


The cumulative average price for New York-breds mid-way through the sale is a very solid $84,905. The median is $45,000. Cumulatively, at the mid-way point, the OBS sale has posted a $97,582 average (down 11% year-over-year) and $50,000 median (down 23%).

It is worth noting that the resumption of the 2020 juvenile bloodstock sales season at OBS has seen an unusually strong undertow of outs and RNAs. Of 62 New York-bred catalogued through the midway point of the four-day sale, 26 were withdrawn. The spike in “outs” is most naturally ascribed to attrition as a result of the long COVID-19 triggered delay between the time the sale was closed and the date of the auction.

As to buybacks, in session one New York-bred RNA rate was a stunning 52.6%, but the tide turned somewhat in session two. Of the 36 New York-breds through the ring in all, 21 have sold for an RNA percentage of 41.7%.

The Spring Sale continues Thursday at 10:00 a.m.

Brave new world: OBS picks up thread of 2020 juvenile sales season

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

By Sarah Mace

The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s picked up the thread of the 2020 juvenile sales season Tuesday with the opening session of the four-day Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training. Originally set for late April, the auction was rescheduled to June 9-12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In mid-March OBS just managed to pull off the only other juvenile sale of the season. At that time, the immanent shutdown of most U.S. commerce, dramatic losses on Wall Street and the risks of travel took their toll on the auction results, with all major indicators declining by more than a third.

When the bloodstock market returned Tuesday it was anybody’s guess as to what business would look like. New health and safety protocols were in place and provisions were added for online bidding for the benefit of those unable or unwilling to attend in person. According to OBS, the online bidding attracted over 100 registered users. After a few glitches early on in the sale, the auctioneer, internet bidders and operator of the platform managed to get in synch.

As it turned out, OBS put up solid numbers for the day. The average came in at $91,477, compared to $92,446 a year ago. The median was $50,000 compared to the 2019 median of $55,000. The buyback rate increased to 30.7% from 21.3%. Several six-figure horses were purchased digitally.

OBS president Tom Ventura told, “I didn’t have expectations on what the numbers would be like. We had nothing to gauge it on, so I didn’t have a good feel to where I could project with any kind of confidence. With what happened today, and I hope it continues the next three days, we will be very happy if we land in this spot where our average is close to what we did last year.”

The New York-bred cohort, as we have come to expect in recent years, had individuals who sold for top-tier prices. While the New York-bred average of $64,778 did not keep pace with the overall session average, the $50,000 median matched that of the general population. New York-breds did, however, experience an elevated buyback rate. Only nine individuals sold of 19 offered (including one private sale) for a 52.6% RNA percentage.

The New York-bred standouts from session one, both colts, were led by Hip 200, a dark bay/brown colt by Twirling Candy who was purchased by for $180,000.

Bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinski, Hip 200 is out of stakes winner and veteran broodmare Nice Boots Baby, who has produced seven winners from eight foals to start, including stakes winner and multiple graded stakes performer Orinoquia (Whywhywhy), who has gone on to become a stakes producer in her own right. Bilinski purchased Nice Boots Baby at the 2014 Keeneland November breeding stock sale for $40,000.

A graduate of the Fasig-Tipton preferred New York-bred yearling sale, where he was hammered down to Blue Collar Stable for $100,000, Hip 200 was consigned by Sequel Bloodstock, Agent V at OBS, and turned in a speedy quarter-mile breeze in :21 flat. (VIDEO)

August Dawn Farm, the nom de course of retired NFL coach Bill Parcells, went to $120,000 to secure a chestnut New York-bred colt by Taylor Made Stallions’ freshman sire Mshawish.

Bred by Taylor Brothers Properties LLC and consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent XIV, Hip 186 went to Blue Gill Hill as a yearling for $100,000 at the 2019 New York-bred preferred yearling sale in Saratoga. For the OBS sale, he breezed a quarter in :21 2/5 in the Under Tack Show. (VIDEO)

The colt’s dam is Nadadora, a Kentucky-bred multiple winner by Carson City who brought $225,000 as a yearling in 2006 and last changed hands at public auction in 2016 when purchased by Grey Flight for $42,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky summer horses of racing age sale.

She has already produced four winners from five foals to start, led by Olympic Runner by Gio Ponti, a stakes winner on dirt in Canada and her first foal, multiple graded stakes performer Sammy Mandeville by Rock Hard Ten. The colt’s extended female family includes sire Belong to Me.

The spring sale resumes with session two on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.