By Christina Bossinakis
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's October Yearling Sale begins with a session of selected yearlings Tuesday and continues Wednesday with an open session. Bidding will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, with a total of 152 yearlings–including 17 supplemental offerings–catalogued, with an additional 395 head–including 32 supplements–catalogued for the second day, which starts at 11 a.m.
The two-day auction comes in the midst of a yearling sales season which has featured competitive bidding across the country.
“It certainly has been competitive all year long and we hope that competitive market continues here,” OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski said on a picture-perfect fall day in Ocala Monday. “We are seeing a lot of activity in the barns. Most of the people started showing Sunday and it was very active with a lot of consignors telling me that they are showing as many horses as they've ever shown. I am out in the barn area now and it looks like the barns are quite active. We've seen some newer players here and a lot more people with intention looking at horses.”
During last year's select session of the October sale–held amidst the uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic–86 horses sold for $3,397,000 for an average of $39,500 and a median of $28,000. A filly by Not This Time brought the top price of $225,000. In 2019, 130 select yearlings sold for $5,689,200 for an average of $43,763 and a median of $30,000.
Included among October sale graduates, Exline-Border Racing LLC, SAF Racing and Richard Hausman's Lady Mystify (Bernardini) took the Sept. 26 GIII Remington Park Oaks. The OBS graduate realized $120,000 for consignor Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck) at the 2019 renewal of the October Selected Yearling Sale before selling for $325,000 the following April.
LNJ Foxwoods' Outfoxed (Valiant Minister), who broke her maiden in Gulfstream's FTBOA Florida Sire Susan's Girl S. in August, returned to Hallandale Sept. 25 to post a 9-1/4 length victory in the FTBOA Florida Sire My Dear Girl S. The Bill Mott trainee, who sold for $27,000 out of the Abbie Road Farm consignment at the 2020 October Yearling Sale, later brought $360,000 at OBS in April. Another recent winner to exit the October sale, Monarch Stables Inc.'s Last Leaf (Not This Time) led an OBS sweep of Saturday's Hollywood Beach S. The two-time OBS graduate was sold by Sharon Biamonte at the 2020 Winter Mixed Sale and then purchased for $23,500 out of the Kaizen Sales consignment at the 2020 October Sale.
Rounding out the sale's recent graduates, Full of Run Racing, LLC and Madaket Stables LLC's Dreamalildreamofu (Commissioner), a $65,000 October purchase in 2018, won the $100,000 Twixt S. at Laurel Sept. 18.
OBS will again offer online bidding and buyers may register for bidding approval, then access the OBS Bidding Screen with their credentials. For complete information on registration and online bidding visit www.obssales.com.
The sale, which will be streamed live via the OBS website, will also be available on the TDN site.