Florida-bred filly by Gun Runner tops OBS Winter Mixed Sale


Bobby Vernier of McKathan Brothers Sales shows Hip 571, Vivi’s Dream’s, a dark bay or brown filly, to prospective buyers in the outside walking ring on the last day of the OBS Winter Mixed Sale at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company in Ocala, Fla. on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette] 2022.

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Posted January 28, 2022 | By Michael Compton

Bobby Vernier of McKathan Brothers Sales shows Hip 571, Vivi’s Dream’s, a dark bay or brown filly, to prospective buyers in the outside walking ring on the last day of the OBS Winter Mixed Sale at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company on Jan. 26, 2022. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette]

Ocala Breeders’ Sales kicked off its 2022 auction calendar in splendid fashion Jan. 25-26. The annual Winter Mixed Sale posted across-the-board gains in all key economic categories and was topped by a $275,000 Florida-bred daughter of 2021’s Leading Freshman Sire Gun Runner.

In the sale’s consignor preferred session on Tuesday, 150 horses changed hands for gross receipts of $3,117,800, compared with 99 horses sold for $1,896,300 in 2021. The average price was $20,785, up from $19,155 a year ago. The median price was steady at $10,000, and the buy-back (horses not sold) percentage was a low 12.2 percent; it was 30.3 percent in the corresponding session last year.

For the entire sale, 417 horses sold for a $6,693,100, compared to 408 horses sold for $5,612,300 a year ago. The average was $16,051, up from $13,756 in 2021. The buy-back percentage (horses not sold) was just 10 percent; it was 21.3 percent last year.

Topping the two-day auction was a Florida-bred yearling filly by Gun Runner who sold to Breeze Easy LLC, Mike Hall for $275,000 in the consignor preferred session on Tuesday. Bred by Carol Ann Reitman, Susan Gannon, and Warren Miller, the bay filly, who is produced from the Uncle Mo mare Homemade Mo Nae, a half-sister to graded stakes winner Conquest Two Step and two other stakes winners, was consigned by Get Away Farm.

The second-highest priced horse of the sale was a New York-bred colt by Laoban who sold to Reeves Thoroughbred Racing for $160,000. Consigned by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, the bay colt is out of the winning Tale of Ekati mare Steve’s Philly. The colt is from the family of multiple Grade 1 winner Wonder Again and Colonel Liam. The latter is also an OBS graduate and defending champion in Saturday’s $1,000,000 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational S. (G1) at Gulfstream Park.

A yearling filly by Maclean’s Music consigned by Silver Oaks Farm fetched $150,000 from Woodford Thoroughbreds on Tuesday and was the third-highest priced horse of the sale. Bred in Kentucky, the filly is out of the stakes-placed City Place mare Beauty for Ashes and is a half-sister to the stakes winners Putyourdreamsaway and Beautiful Shot.

A yearling colt by Destin named Last Drink topped Wednesday’s open session, selling to Rosewood Farm for $95,000. Consigned by Sue Vacek, Last Drink is produced from the winning Intidab mare I Drink Alone and is a half-brother to stakes winners Bust Another, Bustin It, and May Shares.

Next up on the OBS schedule is the March Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training slated for March 15-16 with an under-tack show set for March 10-12.