Record Tapit Colt Tops OBS March Opening Session
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
    Hip No. 33, a son of Tapit consigned by Sequel Bloodstock, Agent for Chester & Mary Broman, went to L.E.B. agent for West Point, Masiello, Siena Farm, for $2 million to top the first session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2019 March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training. The gray or roan colt, who breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 at Thursday’s under tack session, is out of Gr. I stakes-winner Artemis Agrotera, by Roman Ruler, a daughter of graded stakes-placed stakes-winner Indy Glory. The price was a March Sale record, eclipsing the previous mark of $1.8 million.

    Hip No. 194, a son of Pioneerof the Nile consigned by Hoby & Layna Kight, agent, went to OXO Equine LLC for $1.2 million. The dark bay or brown colt, who breezed a quarter on Friday in :21 1/5, is out of stakes-placed Golden Artemis, by Malibu Moon, and is a a half-brother to Gr. I stakes-winner My Conquestadory, dam of Bourbon War, on the Derby trail after his second-place finish in the recent Gr. II Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

    Phoenix Thoroughbred (III) Ltd. went to $825,000 for Hip No. 240, a dark bay or brown colt by Bernardini whose under tack eighth in :9 4/5 on Friday was co-fastest at the distance. Consigned by King’s Equine, Agent, he’s a half-brother to stakes-winner Roan Inish out of graded stakes-winning Canadian champion Inish Glora, by Regal Classic.

    Hip No. 147, a daughter of Candy Ride consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, was purchased by Katsumi Yoshida for $675,000. The dark bay or brown filly, a half-sister to champion Drefong out of Eltimaas, by Ghostzapper, breezed an eighth in:10 flat on Thursday.

     Spendthrift Farm LLC paid $550,000 for Hip No. 102, a son of Into Mischief consigned by Eddie Woods, agent. The bay colt, who worked a quarter in :21 1/5 on Thursday, is a half-brother to stakes-placed OBS graduate Orecchiette out of graded stakes- placed Corderosa, by Aldebaran.

    Hip No. 24, an Irish-bred daughter of No Nay Never consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), agent, was purchased by Jonathan Thomas, Agent, for $525,000. The bay filly, whose eighth in :9 4/5 was co-fastest at Thursday’s under tack session, is out of Anestasia, by Anabaa, a full sister to Gr. I stakes-winner Amonita (GB).

    For the session, 144 horses sold for a total of $22,134,000, compared with 129 bringing a total of $20,327,000 last year. The average was $153,708 compared to $157,574 in 2018 while the median price was $83,500 compared with $95,000 a year ago. The buyback percentage was 29.8%; it was 30.3% in 2018.

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