New York-Bred Juveniles Pick up Steam at Session 2 of OBS June; New York-Based Sires Shine

By Sarah Mace

A trio of New York-bred juveniles, two colts and filly, commanded six-figure prices on the second day of trading at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s June Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training Thursday. The added fact that the top sellers included offspring of New York-based stallions Central Banker and Honest Mischief is a mark of success for the New York-bred program as a whole.

Bidders certainly warmed to the New York-bred contingent during the auction’s second session, fueling an improvement in the cumulative major indicators for New Yorkers over Session 1. In all, 43 of 55 juveniles to go through the ring found new homes (including three post-sales), for an RNA percentage of 21.8%, which outperformed the overall sale buybacks of 24.6%. With cumulative sales totaling $1,057,200, the New York-bred average now stands at $24,586 and the median held steady from the first session at $12,000. Overall, the complete sale average and median through the first two days were $37,508 and $20,000, respectively.

The top two New York-bred sellers Thursday, both colts, are products of the McMahon of Saratoga breeding program.

The top-selling New Yorker was Hip 379, a dark bay or brown colt by Central Banker purchased by Kim Valerio, Agent, for $140,000. Central Banker has been at or near the top of the New York sire rankings for several years, and stands at McMahon’s for a 2024 stud fee of $7,500.

Hip 379, a colt by leading New York sire Central Banker bred by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, sold for $140,000 Thursday at the OBS June sale. Photo courtesy of de Meric Sales.

The sale colt was previously a graduate of the 2023 OBS Winter Mixed Sale, where he was purchased by Kathryn Martin for $25,000. His OBS June consignor, de Meric Sales, Agent VII, sent him out for an eighth-of-a-mile breeze in :10 2/5 during last Thursday’s session of the under-tack show (June 6).

Foaled at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds on May 3, 2022, the topper is out of Adira, a winner by Quality Road who has produced three winners from three foals to race. The colt’s second dam is graded stakes performer Sheer Luck, by A.P. Indy. The third dam, graded winner Vegas Prospector, has had success in her immediate family. She is a half-sister to stakes winner She Rides Tonite and has produced a couple of stakes performers, including Theycallmeladyluck, dam of Grade 1 winner Salty. Currently Adira has a yearling filly by Solomini, and foaled a full-brother to the sale colt on May 6, 2024.

A close runner-up to the topper was Hip 382, another McMahon-bred colt who sold to Oracle Bloodstock, Agent, for $130,000. A chestnut by Tiz the Law, he was foaled at the family’s Saratoga farm on March 22, 2022 and consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent XIX. He breezed a furlong in :10 1/5 during the Thursday, June 6 under-tack show.

Hip 382, a colt by Tiz the Law bred by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, sold for $130,000 during the second session OBS June sale Thursday. Photo courtesy of Top Line Sales.

Out of Adriatic Dream, a New York-bred stakes-placed runner, the sale colt is a half-brother to stakes winner and multiple-stakes-placed runner Niko’s Dream, by Central Banker, as well as two other winners. He sold first as a yearling to Nova Thoroughbred for $50,000 at the 2023 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred Preferred Yearling Sale in Saratoga.

Adriatic Dream currently has a yearling filly by Central Banker, and no reported foal yet for 2024 after being bred to Mind Control.

The session also featured a six-figure New York-bred filly from the first crop of New York-based sire Honest Mischief, who stands at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson for a 2024 stud fee of $6,500.

Hip 656, a bay youngster, was bred by EKQ Stables Corp and foaled on April 29, 2022 at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag. Consigned by Julie Davies LLC, Agent II, she was purchased by S. O. K. Racing Partnership for $100,000 following a :10 1/5 breeze on Friday, June 7. Popular in the sales ring, she sold as a weanling at the Fasig-Tipton New York Fall Mixed Sale for $80,000, and brought $60,000 the following year at Fasig’s Preferred New York-bred yearling sale before upping her value again at OBS June.

The sale filly’s pedigree has an Irish flavor. Her dam is the Irish-bred mare Force Majeure (IRE), an unraced daughter of Smart Strike with one starter from four foals. The filly’s second dam is Irish-bred Forces of Darkness, a group winner in France and a half-sister to Waterloo Bridge (IRE), winner of the Group 2 Norfolk S. in England as a juvenile. Third dam Miss Childrey was a juvenile winner in Ireland.

Bidding resumes on Friday, June 14 with Hips 701-end to conclude the sale and the OBS juvenile sales season.

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