OBS Spring Sale Wraps Up With Record Trade

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Over the past four days of selling, a strong market was seen at the Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training at Ocala Breeders’ Sales. The final day saw a filly by Munnings   bring $1.6M after selling to OXO Equine’s Larry Best, the fifth horse to shatter the seven-figure ceiling for the sale, creating a new record for the sales company.

After selling Friday, during the fourth session, OBS reported 159 horses changed hands of the 200 through the ring for gross figures of $18,775,000. The final session saw an average price of $118,082 and a median of $60,000. There were 41 horses that failed to meet their reserve to represent an RNA rate of 20.5%.

Comparatively, last year during the final session, 167 horses were sold of the 195 on offer for final receipts of $19,063,000 for an average price of $114,150 and a median of $65,000. The 28 horses who failed to sell represented a buyback rate of 14.3%. These figures include post-sale prices.

 

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Coteau Grove Receives ‘Gift’ of Healthy Twin Colts

Villa d’Este gave birth to the Gift Box colts April 3 at the Louisiana farm.

 

Staff at Coteau Grove Farms in Louisiana received the gift of a lifetime April 3 when their mare Villa d’Este foaled not one, but two healthy colts by Gift Box  .

In the months leading up to the birth, broodmare manager Jacob Cyprian said the mare’s size had them questioning her due date.

“We’ve been looking at her since January, we knew she wasn’t due until the beginning of April … We were like, ‘Man, she’s so big,’ so we just started keeping an eye of her and started watching her,” Cyprian said. “We never knew it was twins. When she got in foal, we always thought she was just having one.”

“(We thought) the date could be wrong so we started backtracking, trying to see what was going on, and we were right (about the due date). When she started getting close, we just kept an eye on her and she was just getting real slow and real heavy. I said, ‘Well, she’s going to go soon.'”

 

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Coteau Grove Buys Pair of Mares in Foal to Authentic

Agent Andrew Cary went to $350K for Call to Service, $300K for Munnings’ Finest

Coteau Grove Farms took home two mares in foal to Spendthrift Farm’s Authentic  from the first session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale Jan. 11, hoping to cash in big on the 2020 Horse of the Year, whose first foals are due this year.

Authentic led first-season stallions as a covering sire in 2021 with an average of $408,542 from 24 mares sold, and continued that momentum Tuesday. Late in the session, Cary Bloodstock’s Andrew Cary signed the ticket as agent for the second time for Coteau Grove, which went to $350,000 for Call to Service (Hip 424). The 6-year-old To Honor and Serve mare was consigned by Sequel New York, agent. She is out of Game for More (More Than Ready  ), whose current 3-year-old, Giant Game , was third in the Nov. 5 TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (G1) at Del Mar. Game for More has also produced Isotherm  , a multiple graded stakes winner, and grade 1-placed Gio Game .

 

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Trainer Morris Nicks Dies at 74

Father of trainer Ralph Nicks, Morris was based primarily in the southwest.

 

Longtime trainer Morris Nicks, also the father of trainer Ralph Nicks, died Nov. 25 at home in Waskom, Texas, at age 74. He had been battling cancer.

“His upbringing and bringing me up was to have a good work ethic and to start doing things early,” said Ralph, who trained 2017 champion 2-year-old filly Caledonia Road . “If you were big enough to hold a pitchfork, you were big enough to start cleaning a stall. Basically if you were big enough to walk, you learned how to lead a horse; the list goes on from there. It’s how he brought me around, which probably has to do with some of the things I was able to accomplish and carry on.”

Morris was born in Clarksville, Texas, and grew up in the nearby town of Avery. He became a mainstay at the Southwest racetracks. Since official statistics began being tracked in 1976, he trained 819 Thoroughbred winners that earned $15,737,189 through 2018, according to Equibase. Morris retired in 2018 due to leukemia.

 

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