Sale Voided On Seven-Figure Speightster Colt At OBS Spring Auction

One of the highlights of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. Spring 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale was undone when buyer Larry Best of OXO Equine turned back the purchase of a $1.1-million Speightster colt, BloodHorse reports.

The purchase was voided under the Conditions of Sale after staff at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Ky., found the colt to be a cribber; a condition that was not announced at the time he was in the ring. Video was taken of the horse cribbing, and sent to the OBS staff, with Best formally announcing his intention to return the horse shortly before the end of the seven-day window to do so.

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Tom McCrocklin consigned the colt as agent for Solana Beach Sales, the pinhooking wing of the Little Red Feather Racing partnership. The colt will be sent to trainer Bob Baffert to begin his racetrack career. McCrocklin told BloodHorse that the colt had showed no signs of cribbing prior to the sale, thus an announcement was not warranted, but the sellers were happy to retain the horse to race.

Named Fortunate Son, the New York-bred colt is out of the stakes-placed Indian Charlie mare Auspicious, who is the dam of three winners from four foals to race. He sold for $110,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Yearling Sale.

Read more at BloodHorse.

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