Across the board increases at Ocala August Sale

The Ocala August yearling sale in Florida ended with another day of across-the-board increases on Thursday.  The sale comprised one select session and two open sessions.

“The average was up every day, the median was up every day, and the buy-back rate was either the same or slightly below last year,” Ocala director Tom Ventura said.  “The fact that our gross nearly matched our overall gross last year, with 130 less horses, is impressive.”

The second and final open session was topped by a Wildcat Heir colt that sold for $85,000 to Vision Racing.  The Florida-bred colt is from Tiznow mare Tiz What It Waz and was consigned by Summerfield Sales.

“He looked very athletic, a strong horse and good size,” Vision Racing’s John Stephens said.  “We may on-sell him at the Ocala 2YO Sale in March.”

Chapel Royal sired the session’s top filly for $48,000.  She is out of the Broad Brush mare Aggressive Broad and was purchased by Calder-based owner-trainer Steve Dwoskin.

Trade on Day 2 of the Open Sale reached $1.92 million and the average was up 26% to $9,894.  

“Overall, I thought it was a good sale, and we moved in the right direction all three days,” Ventura said.  “It was steady trading throughout.  There was a good mix of buyers with a combination of pin-hookers and end-users.”