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Ocala Breeders' Sales Positive Early Start
The first session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s August Yearling Sale concluded on a high yesterday "with a 32.9% rise in total sales compared with the 2011 session, accompanied by healthy increases in average and median", reports thoroughbredtimes.com. The headline act was a "Florida-bred bay colt from the first crop of WinStar Farm stallion and 2008 Travers Stakes (G1) winner Colonel John" (Tiznow-Sweet Damsel, by Turkoman), knocked down for $220,000 to trainer Wesley Ward. "Consigned by Beth Bayer, agent, the colt is out of the unraced Bon Point (GB) mare Bon Caro and is a half brother to stakes winner Glitter City and to Grade 3-placed winner Wild Forest Cat." The overall results for the opening session were very strong with OBS reporting 127 yearlings sold from 178 offered in the select session for total receipts of US$5,684,000, "an encouraging 32.9% jump that outpaced a 19.5% increase in hips offered compared with last year's session". The 2012 average price of US$44,756 rose strongly by 19.3% compared with last year, and the $35,000 median also showed an increase 7.7%. From a top-end quality perspective "six yearlings sold for $100,000 or more during the select session, compared with two in 2011."