Octet Ties for Fastest Furlong at OBS Preview

Octet Ties for Fastest Furlong at OBS Preview
Photo: Joseph DiOrio

Eight juveniles each zipped a furlong in :10 flat June 12 at Ocala Training Center in Ocala, Fla., to top proceedings during the fourth session of the under-tack preview for next week's Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s June sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale.

Two of the fastest workers at an eighth of a mile hail from the consignment of Jaime Mejia's Thoroughbred Champions Training Center.

Hip No. 608 is a dark bay or brown colt by Flatter   out of the winning High Yield mare Destiny's Yield, a half sister to stakes winner Brush Over, from the family of graded stakes winner Sir Greeley. Mejia paid $9,000 for the Florida-bred colt out of James Keogh's consignment at last year's Keeneland September sale.

Hip No. 641 is a chestnut colt by Candy Ride   out of the stakes-placed Dynaformer mare Dyna Del. From the hard-knocking Florida family of graded stakes winner Halo's Image and stakes winner Sugar's Image, the Kentucky-bred colt was consigned to the Keeneland September sale by Moonstone Sales where Mejia bought him for $7,000.

Mejia related through an interpreter that it was a combination of pedigree and conformation that drew him to both horses as yearlings.

"I liked their papers (pedigrees) and their physical conformation," Mejia said of his co-bullet workers. "They have come up to the sale very well. From the beginning, they both showed a lot of speed."

Originally from Colombia, Mejia, a lifelong owner and breeder in his native country, bought the 102-acre facility that houses his Thoroughbred Champions Training Center in Ocala last October and is selling for the first time at OBS.

Six other youngsters also breezed an eighth in :10.

Hip No. 625 is a bay filly by Cool Coal Man   out of the winning Tiger Ridge mare Donnie's Secret, a full sister to Florida-bred millionaire and multiple graded stakes winner Leah's Secret and graded stakes winner Bear Tough Guy. From the family of Horse of the Year Lady's Secret, the filly was bred by Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds and is consigned to the sale by her breeder.

Thoroughbred Friends and Associates consigns hip No. 630, a gray or roan filly from the first crop of Concord Point   out of the Unbridled's Song mare Dream Delight, a half sister to stakes winners Dreamy Kid and Kid Dreams. Miguel Gonzalez acquired the Kentucky-bred filly for $65,000 out of the Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency consignment at the Keeneland September sale.

St. Joe Bay, selling as hip No. 634 in the consignment of Bobby Dodd, agent, is a son of Saint Anddan   out of the winning Honor Glide mare Dream Ride, a half sister to multiple stakes winner Outstander. The Florida-bred colt, who failed to reach his reserve at last year's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale where he left the ring on a final bid of $10,000, descends from the female family of the famed Fred Hooper mare Susan's Girl.

Hip No. 718, consigned by Silver Star (Stori Atchison and Danielle Jones), agent, is a bay filly by Harlan's Holiday out of stakes winner Funny Annie, by Distorted Humor  . The Kentucky-bred filly was purchased for $30,000 by Silver Oaks Farm out of the Taylor Made Sales Agency consignment at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton October sale.

Inside Move Inc., agent consigns hip No. 723, a bay colt by Forestry out of the winning Geiger Counter mare Geiger Geisha. D and D Enterprise bought the Louisiana-bred colt earlier this year for $20,000 out of the Clear Creek Stud consignment at the Breeders' Sale Company of Louisiana's Stars of Tomorrow 2-year-olds in training sale at Evangeline Downs.

Hip No. 776, consigned by Grassroots Training and Sales LLC, is a dark bay or brown colt by Sharp Humor produced from the Hennessy mare Hennessy's Deeds, a half sister to stakes winner Speedy Deedy. Grassroots Training and Sales acquired the Texas-bred colt for $5,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton Texas summer yearling sale where it was consigned by Lane's End Texas.

Posting the fastest quarter of the session in :21 was hip No. 662, a chestnut filly by Munnings  . Consigned by Hoppel's Horse and Cattle Co., agent, the filly is out of the unraced Dixie Union mare Evening Sun, a half sister to stakes-placed Askara. The Kentucky-bred filly was a $35,000 RNA at the OBS April sale.

Hip No. 700, Shu Fly Cat, a Florida-bred son of Mr. Sekiguchi consigned by All Dreams Equine, agent, breezed the fastest three furlongs of the day, stopping the timer in :32 4/5.

The under-tack show continues June 13 at 7:30 a.m. with hip No.'s 801-1000 scheduled to breeze. The preview will be streamed live at www.bloodhorse.com/OBS.

The four-day June sale, featuring 1,178 juveniles and 34 horses of racing age, is set for June 17-20.

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