We've got a diverse leaderboard midway through the opening session of the OBS March sale, with major domestic and international buyers both turning out at the first 2-year-old sale of the season.
The top two lots so far are a $2 million Tapit colt out of Grade 1 winner Artemis Agrotera, purchased by West Point Thoroughbreds in partnership with Siena Farm; and a $675,000 Candy Ride half sister to champion Drefong, purchased by Northern Farm of Japan.
West Point has also landed a $350,000 colt from the first crop of Tapit's son Tapiture, while other major U.S.-based racing entities Spendthrift Farm and Kaleem Shah are also represented among the top 10 purchased. Also in that group at the moment are Katsumi Yoshida of Japan; Phoenix Thoroughbreds, which campaigns horses internationally; and Narvick International - Prince Sultan Bin Mishal Al Saud.
The diverse buying bench that has turned out with gusto, with several horses already passing the half-million mark, is a positive sign for a sale that could have had some trouble establishing momentum, at this point so early on the calendar, and especially on its first day.