By Sarah Mace
A pair of short yearling colts topped the New York-bred contingent at this week’s two-session Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2024 Winter Mixed Sale. The topper was a bay from the first crop of Florida-based Leinster. The runner-up was a chestnut by Flameaway, who finished fifth in the 2023 first-crop sire rankings. The sale consisted of a Consignor Preferred session (plus supplements) held on Tuesday, January 23, followed by the group of Horses of Racing Age the same day. An open session was held on Wednesday, January 24.
A relatively modest contingent of New Yorkers shipped in for the first Florida sale of the 2024 auction season. Of 35 offered, 28 sold (including three private sales) for a 20.0% buyback percentage, a tad better than the 20.7% RNA rate at the sale as a whole. The average price for the New York-breds came in at $12,568 with a median of $6,750. The overall sale average was $16,015 and the median was $8,000.
The very first New York-bred through the ring in the opening session, purchased by Machmer Hall for $43,000, ultimately emerged as the topper of the group. Hip 7, a bay colt by Leinster, was bred in partnership by Amy E. Dunne and Beth Bayer and foaled at Sequel Stallions in Hudson on February 13, 2023. He was consigned by Beth Bayer, Agent XX.
The colt is out of Greatest Reward, an unplaced daughter of Grand Reward who has produced six starters and a winner. The colt’s second dam, Lucy Black, by Alydar, is a half-sister to juvenile champion Roving Boy and a productive broodmare. Her daughter Wild Lucy Black is the dam of Grade 1 winner and millionaire Joyful Victory, who has produced a pair of stakes performers. Another daughter, Wild Lucy, is the dam of stakes winner Charlie Papa. Grand Reward was bred in 2023 to Sequel stallion Fire At Will.
Not far behind the New York sale topper was the top New York seller of session two: Hip 621. The chestnut colt, by Flameaway, currently named Candle Ina Wind, was purchased by Grade One Investments, LLC for $40,000 from Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield consignment.
Bred by Dianne Boyken and foaled at Rockridge Stud, the chestnut is out of Curious Luck, by Trust N Luck, a multiple winner in her own right and producer of three winners from three foals to start, two of whom have bankrolled over six figures.
The colt’s second dam is stakes winner Silent Ridge, who produced nine starters, all winners, led by stakes winner Paisley Park and stakes performer Global Trader. Curious Luck was bred to Rockridge stallion Tourist in 2023.
The top New York-bred female at OBS was Hip 273, a 4-year-old filly named Shelly sired by Twirling Candy out of talented turf runner Testa Rossi (FR). Offered as a racing or broodmare prospect, she was purchased by Windylea Farm for $32,000 during the auction’s opening session.
Unraced at two and placed at three, Shelly broke her maiden at Aqueduct on January 13, 2024 for trainer Chad Brown and co-owners Michael Doheny and Thomas Coleman, improving her earnings bankroll to $40,522 from four starts.
A dark bay or brown filly, Shelly was bred by Stable 63 & Doheny Racing Stable, and foaled at Jim and Tina Bond’s Song Hill Thoroughbreds in Mechanicville on April 22, 2020. Her dam Testa Rossi (FR) won a trio of Grade 3 turf contests, one each year from 2013 to 2015. Among her three additional graded stakes placings was a runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita in 2013.
The winter mixed sales season will wrap up on February 5-6 with the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed sale. Click here for New York-bred hips and registration statuses.
The next Thoroughbred auction in Florida will mark the beginning of the juvenile sales season. The OBS March Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training will take place on March 12-14 and under-tack sessions will take place on March 6-9.