Buyers loosened the strings of their pocketbooks last week during the four-day Ocala Breeders Sales Spring 2-year-olds-in-training sale.
The premier sale of the year at the OBS site set records for gross sales, average price and median price for the second consecutive year.
All told, 707 horses sold for more than $69.4 million, with the average price per offering at $98,203. A total of 66 horses sold for $250,000 or more.
The sales-topper came late in the sales marathon. Hip No. 1197, just 15 horses from the end of the sale, brought the hammer down at $1.1 million.
The Medaglia d’Oro filly was consigned by Randy Bradshaw for Rosedown Racing’s owner Jeff Weiss.
Weiss had purchased the filly for $300,000 at the 2017 Keeneland September Sale.
Agent Steve Young put in the winning bid. He was the leading buyer at the sale, purchasing seven horses for $2.6 million.
Niall Brennan Stables was the leading consignor, selling 28 horses for a little more than $6 million.
Tapit was the leading sire by average. The son of Pulpit had two animals to sell for an average of $625,000.
Candy Ride was the top sire by gross. He had seven offerings that sold for just over $2 million.
Another top-selling horse was Hip No. 95 Girlfriend Rocket. The daughter of Quality Road sold for $800,000.
Hip No. 1154, another offering late in the sale, also sold for $800,000. He is a son of Kantharos.
Hip No. 352, a son of Tapit, sold for $750,000.
The next sale on the agenda at OBS is the June 2-year-olds-in-training and horses of racing age auction, which is scheduled for June 13-15. This is a sale where local buyers can find runners at an affordable price that are ready to run.
Last week, three graduates of the OBS March 2-year-olds-in-training sale won at first asking – two at Keeneland on the other at Gulfstream Park.