Pair of Colts Top New York-Breds at Opening Session of OBS June

By Sarah Mace

A pair of colts bred by Thomas Mina and Arindel, respectively, topped the New York-bred offerings at Wednesday’s opening session of the three-day Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s June Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training.

Over the course of the session (Hips 1-350), 15 of 21 New York-bred juveniles to pass through the ring changed hands (including one post-sale transaction), for a 28.6 % buyback rate. The New York-bred average came in at $18,567 and the median at $12,000. In Thursday’s and Friday’s sessions, the New York-bred cohort will look to make up ground on the major indicators for the sale as a whole, which in Session 1 came in at an average price of $39,454 and a $21,000 median.

The top-selling New York-bred of the OBS opener was Hip 186, a Mitole colt bred by Thomas Mina and foaled at his Five Oak Farm in Saratoga Springs on February 5, 2022. Winning bidder Bruce Brown, Agent, signed the ticket for $62,000.

Hip 186, a colt by Mitole bred by Thomas Mina, sold for $62,000 Wednesday at the OBS June sale. Photo courtesy of Six K’s Training & Sales.

A $35,000 RNA at last year’s Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale, the bay was consigned at OBS by Six K’s Training & Sales LLC, Agent VI, who sent him out for an eighth-of-a-mile breeze in :10 1/5 last Wednesday, June 5. (The link above includes catalogue page, walking video and breeze video.)

The colt’s dam is proven producer Southern Charmer, by Dixie Union, whom Mina purchased for $130,000 at the 2010 Keeneland November sale. A multiple winner and stakes-placed runner who earned over six figures at the racetrack, Southern Charmer has produced four winners from five foals to start. She is also a half-sister to graded winner Vegas Play and stakes performer Skipper’s Mate, who is the dam of sire Frac Daddy. The colt’s second dam Power Play is a graded winner in her own right.

Southern Charmer currently has a yearling colt by Midnight Lute and foaled a Drain the Clock filly on February 20, 2024.

The opening session’s New York-bred runner-up was Hip 332, a bay colt by Bernardini who was hammered down to Michael Pender, Agent for $50,000. Bred by Arindel and foaled on April 12, 2022 at Rick Burke’s Irish Hill Century Farm in Stillwater, the colt turned out to be a canny pinhooking venture when purchased in 2023 by Jorge Luis Gonzalez for $8,500 at the OBS Yearling Sale. The Bernardini colt was consigned by Chuy Ceballos, Agent I, for whom he breezed a panel in :10.3/5 last Wednesday, June 5.

Hip 332, a colt by Bernardini bred by Arindel, sold for $50,000 Wednesday’s at OBS June. Photo courtesy of Chuy Ceballos.

The colt’s dam Voyelle, a placed runner in France, has produced three foals to start, all of whom are winners, led by multiple stakes placed Stephanie’s Charm and stakes-placed I Dare U. The colt’s Second dam Corrazona is a Grade 1 winner in the U.S. and multiple group winner France, as well as a half-sister to millionaire and sire Thirty Six Red. Corrazona is the dam of stakes horses Olmodavor, Dac and Slow Down, who is herself a multiple stakes producer.

The OBS June sale resumes Thursday, June 13 at 10:00 a.m.

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