$775,000 Strong Mandate colt tops OBS Wednesday session
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Strong Mandate's $775,000 colt, hip No. 447, at the 2018 OBS March 2-year-old Sale - photo by Z

Strong Mandate had a spectacular Wednesday at the March OBS 2-year-olds in Training Sale, with a $775,000 colt topping the session; he also represented the top price paid for any lot by a First-Crop sire at the two-day auction.

Carolyn Wilson was the winning bidder for hip No. 447, consigned by Wavertree Stables. The bay colt had also worked a sales-best eighth-mile in 9 4/5 seconds at the Under Tack Show.

“If you had to pick out an individual in terms of looks--I've seen a million horses in my time--[hip 447] was a beauty. He looks like a 3-year-old,” said Larry Rivelli, who trains for Wilson.

The colt is out of Majestic Stinger, who is a half-sister to stakes winner Tiz Blessed, who like Strong Mandate, is by Tiznow. 

A little earlier in the session, Strong Mandate had another outstanding colt go through the ring. Hip No. 418, consigned by Bobby Dodd, went for $450,000 to the partnership of China Horse Club and WinStar Farm. 

The colt's deep female family includes champion sprinter Plugged Nickle, Grade 1 winner Christiecat and Grade 2 winner Islefaxyou.

Overall, Strong Mandate's two-day sale average of $381,250 was the highest for any freshman sire with more than one lot sold. 
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