Destin Colt Tops OBS Open Session

Hip 505 | Judit Seipert

A New York-bred short yearling colt by MGSW Destin (Giant's Causeway) was the priciest lot to change hands during Wednesday's open session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Winter Mixed Sale.

Consigned by Sue Vacek, Agent II as hip 505, the grey–already named Last Drink–was acquired by Rosewood Farm for $95,000. Casey Newick LLC bred the session topper. Dam I Drink Alone (Intidab) has produced three prior stakes winners in the Empire State.

Destin's oldest foals are two. The 2016 GII Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby winner and full-brother to GISWs Creative Cause and Vexatious began his career in New York before relocating to Saudi Arabia for the 2021 breeding season.

The day's top mare was 11-year-old More Than a Party (More Than Ready), who brought $52,000 while in foal to Jess's Dream. Shooting Star Thoroughbreds purchased the hard-knocking MGSP runner from Lisa McGreevy's Abbie Road Farm as hip 562.

For the session, 186 transactions yielded gross receipts of $2,075,600. That gross eclipsed 2021's corresponding figure of $2,023,500 when 236 horses sold during the session. Subsequent post-sale transactions will likely add to the totals. The session average was $11,159 (up 30.1% from $8,574) and the median also rose to $7,000 (up 75% from $4,000). The RNA rate was just 8.8% at the time of print. It was 19.7% 12 months ago.

For the entire sale–which also featured consignor preferred and horses of racing age sessions on Tuesday (click for more)–416 offerings found new homes for a total of $6,573,100 ($5,612,300 in 2021) at an average of $15,801 ($13,756 in 2021) and median of $8,500 ($4,000 in 2021).

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