WHILE European sellers and buyers were briskly trading fall yearlings at Tattersalls, the two-day OBSC fall mixed sale in sunny Ocala, Florida, began on Monday with trepidation and ended Tuesday with gloomy forecasts for next month’s bellwether Keeneland November bloodstock sale in Lexington, Kentucky.”
I was in Florida during this sale Monday and Tuesday, and I had a mare in the sale, too. A young half sister to a stakes winner of $800,000, she was in foal to Ashford’s Majestic Warrior ($20,000 stud fee) on a mare share. I bought Ashford out for $11,000, which means that I paid $5,500 for the stud fee. Majestic Warrior was the leading covering sire at the sale, with four mares averaging only $13,550. Click here to read my account of the sale and forecast for Keeneland in Racing Post.
Fortunately, my reason for the trip to Florida was not for the sale, but for a prestigious baseball tournament — the World Wood Bat Association’s Underclass 17U World championships. The team I was rooting for finished in a tie for 9th place from a field of 100 teams, so all was not lost.