Delayed a week after switching dates with the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Yearling Sale, the Ocala Breeders Sales Company’s October Sale begins its two-day run Tuesday.
The sale kicks off at noon Tuesday with a mix of 59 2-year-olds and horses of racing age, followed by 169 selected yearlings. Wednesday’s session begins at 10:30 a.m. with an open session of 420 yearlings. Supplements will immediately follow the regular catalogue each day.
The 2-year-olds and horses of racing age are a new addition to the OBS October Sale, which previously only offered yearlings.
“Well 2020 is a topsy turvy year, so the thought was, we would give people an opportunity to sell horses they still needed to given how disjointed the 2-year-old sales season was,” said OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski. “I think there is a strong possibility that we will see some buyers here that in the past did not come for the yearling sale, but will come for the 2-year-olds and have a chance to shop yearlings as well.”
As for expectations heading into the sale, Wojciechowski said, “We see from the track record of the sales in Kentucky and the recently concluded Maryland sale that good horses are going to sell well. I think we will see a lot of the same here.”
During last year’s Select session, 121 yearlings changed hands for a total of $5,605,200. The average was $46,324 and the median was $35,000. The session was topped by a $230,000 colt by Liam’s Map, who was purchased by Nick de Meric and sold by Carrie Brogden’s Machmer Hall through Select Sales.
In the 2019 Open session, a total of 263 horses sold for $3,332,400 with an average of $12,671 and a median of $8,000. It was topped by a $75,000 Mosler filly bought by Patti Miller and sold by Sandi Dorr.