By Deirdre B. Biles and Carlos Medina
A Yes It's True colt became the third horse to bring $400,000 or more at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. Feburary select sale of 2-year-olds in training when trainer Amy Tarrant of Hardacre Farm purchased him for $425,000. W.D. North Thoroughbreds, agent, consigned the chestnut colt to the Feb. 16 auction in Central Florida.
"He's one of the nicest horses of the sale, that's for sure,” Tarrant said. “He wasn't even on our short list, but when I saw him (for the first time), it was an instant connection. I said, ‘ I am falling in love now. I'm going to go to four ($400,000) on this colt, maybe five ($500,000).’ I think I got the nicest horse in the sale."
“He’s big and rangy, with a huge, gigantic walk,” She continued. “Everything about him, I loved. There is something about the horse that is special."
Turrant will turn the colt out for about a month. She also purchased a $250,000 Rockport Harbor–Truart filly at the OBS February auction.
The colt is the second foal produced by the 8-year-old Cat Thief mare Debit Or Credit, who finished second once in five career races. Debit Or Credit is a half-sister to three stakes winners, including Alke (by Grand Slam), who scored in the 2004 Deputy Minister Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park and finished second in the 2002 Iroquois (gr. III) and the 2003 Southwest Stakes and the 2004 Gulf News Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I). Debit or Credit also is a half-sister to the winning stakes producer Debt Free.
"I thought he was well received,” said W.D. North of the $425,000 colt. “We were thinking four hundred ($400,000), and he brought a little more than that.”
North purchased the colt for $53,000 during the ninth session of the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale from Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for White Fox Farm. White Fox bred the colt in Kentucky. The 2-year-old worked a quarter mile in :21, sharing the fastest time for the distance at the OBS February auction's under tack show with a Songandaprayer —Rainbow Promise filly and a Harlan's Holiday—Burn Brightly filly that sold for $400,000.