When the Ocala Breeders’ Sale’s Spring Sale for 2-year-olds-training concluded Friday it had people talking.
During the sale, people not only were talking, they were spending cash and plenty of it.
They say records are meant to be broken and plenty were during the four-day sale.
The headliner was when the record for an individual horse was broken when a stunning son of Tiznow (hip number 793) brought down the gavel at $2.45 million Thursday.
That easily broke the previous record price of $1.9 million spent for the Tapit filly Inheritance in the April 2015 sale.
The record-breaking colt had put up a time of 9 and three-fifths seconds in his quarter-mile, under-tack showing April 20.
The good-looking colt is by the Distorted Humor mare Moonbow and was purchased by International bloodstock agent Johnn F. Moynihan on behalf of his main client Michael Vincent Magnier of Coolmore.
Bobby Dodd consigned the colt for Brad Gentry.
Gentry is on a ride at the present time. Not only did he sell the high-priced colt, his Girvin, bred by Bob Austin of The Villages, is one of the leading candidates for the upcoming Kentucky Derby.
Dodd had purchased the Tiznow colt for $130,000 at the September Keeneland Yearling Sale.
The colt was broken and trained at Gentry’s Grand Oaks Equine Training Center in Reddick.
The sale saw 659 horses bring $61,185,900 in gross sales shattering the record set in 2014 of $56,965,000.
Last year’s gross sales total was $52,010,500.
The sale was solid from top-to-bottom with two other horses bringing at least $1 million and 60 selling for over $250,000.
Paul Sharp consigned a Union Rags colt that went for $1 million and a Medaglia d’Oro colt that went for $850,000.
Eddie Woods consigned two horses in the top eight.
He consigned a Malibu Moon filly that fetched $650,000 and a Creative Cause filly that brought $575,000.
There were 391 horses withdrawn from the 1,208 that were cataloged.
OBS’s next venture will feature both 2-year-olds-in-training and horses of racing age. It will run June 13-15.