A $92,000 Summer Front short yearling colt topped the open and final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Winter Mixed Sale Wednesday. Consigned as hip 633 by Select Sales, Agent II, the Apr. 12 foal was purchased by Dailey Bloodstock's Renee Dailey. The bay was bred in Florida by Machmer Hall and Marco Medina. His now 2-year-old half-brother by Into Mischief was a $350,000 Fasig-Tipton November weanling in 2018. Unplaced dam Diva Star (Cherokee Run) is a half to MSW and GSP Captain Serious (Successful Appeal) and hails from the family of two-time GI Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint heroine Mizdirection (Mizzen Mast).
“We had a Summer Front filly last year that was one of my favorite fillies on the farm and I'm hearing good things about her as a 2-year-old,” Dailey said. “This colt is a solid, well-made individual with a great walk. He never got tired and showed himself every time. I think he'll just continue to get better throughout the year.”
Summer Front, whose first foals are 3-year-olds, has been represented thus far by the likes of GIII With Anticipation S. winner Fighting Seabee and Chelsey Flower S. heroine Speaktomeofsummer.
For Wednesday's session, 200 head changed hands for gross receipts of $1,649,900. The open session average was $8,250 compared to $6,501 in 2019, while the median rose from $4,000 to $5,000. The RNA rate at the end of trade Wednesday was 24.5%, but that number will likely decrease as OBS adds in additional post-sale transactions. Last year's open session RNA rate eventually settled at 14.9%.
The entire two-day auction, which also featured a select session and horses of racing age offerings Tuesday, generated $4,957,800 in sales on 359 transactions at an average of $13,810 and median of $7,000. A total of 399 horses sold at the 2019 auction for $4,459,900 ($11,178 average, $6,000 median).
Summerfield was leading consignor with 66 sold for $757,800, while Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt led all buyers by gross with four acquisitions for $258,000.
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