Mitsu Nakauchida

Action Heats Up at OBS Wednesday

by Jessica Martini & Christie DeBernardis OCALA, FL - With a pair of seven-figure colts leading the way, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds produced a day of strong bidding Wednesday in Florida. During the session, 177 juveniles grossed $25,829,000 for an average of $145,927 and a median of $80,000. Through two sessions, 347 horses have sold for $48,388,000. The two-day average of $139,447 jumped 36% from last year's corresponding figure, while the median of $75,000 soared up 50%. The cumulative buy-back rate is 19.5%. With the...

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Seven-Figure Mendelssohn Colt Heads to Japan

Japanese trainer Mitsu Nakauchida went to $1.3 million to secure a colt from the first crop of Mendelssohn (hip 490) from the Scanlon Training and Sales consignment Wednesday at the OBS Spring sale. Out of Grace is Gone (Malibu Moon), the colt was purchased by Dave Scanlon for $235,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Sale. Nakauchida, who had been shut out of previous attempts to buy in Ocala this week, had broken through just before the seven-figure purchase when he acquired a colt by Mendelssohn's half-brother Into Mischief (hip...

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