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US$1.4M Bernadini Colt Tops Opening OBS Session
Zero Hour, a son of Bernardini consigned by SGV Thoroughbreds (Steven Venosa) as agent was knocked down for US$1.4 million to Live Oak Plantation to top the opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2015 March Sale of 2YOs in Training on Tuesday. It is the first time the sale has been held in an expanded two-day format. The bay colt is out of graded stakes placed stakes winner Misty Hour, by Miswaki, and is a half brother to stakes winner Pilfer, dam of Gr1 winner To Honor And Serve. Bruce Hill, general manager of Live Oak Stud in Ocala, Florida, signed the ticket on the session topper who breezed a quarter mile in :21 1/5 at the under tack session. "We definitely understand the To Honor and Serve family," Hill told bloodhorse.com. "This is one of the better pages in the book. He's class; he's sound and he hasn't had a hiccup. We weren't surprised by the price. That's where we had him appraised." He added, "He is an amazing athlete. Every day he trained he just got better and better. He's just so athletic with a pedigree to back it up. He's a total package." Four other horses sold for US$800,000 or above, with Hip 34 (Midnight Lute-Circumstance, by Vindication colt) selling for US$900,000; while Hip 139 (Bellamy Road-For Royalty, by Not For Love filly); Hip 12 (Smart Strike-Carolyn's Cat, by Forestry colt); and Hip 239 (Tiznow-Lasting Appeal, by AP Indy colt) all fetched US$800,000. For the session, 160 horses sold for a total of US$30,540,000 at an average of US$190,875. The median price was US$130,000 and the buyback percentage was 24.9 per cent. There was no corresponding session last year since the 2014 sale was held in one continuous session. Fifteen horses sold for US$500,000 or more, compared with ten in the entire 2014 March Sale.