Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. held the first of a marathon six-session under tack preview at Ocala Training Center April 13 ahead of its spring sale of 2-year-olds in training, slated for April 21-24.
There are 1,203 horses cataloged for the four-day auction, and the first 200 juveniles in the book showcased their talents for prospective buyers during the preview's opening session in breezy, dry conditions and concluded before rain moved into the region in the afternoon.
Hip 24, a gray or roan colt by Flashy Bull , breezed the fastest eighth of a mile of the day, stepping the distance in a lively :10 for Raul Reyes' Kings Equine, agent.
Charles Deters bred the colt in Kentucky out of the unplaced Wild Rush mare Lady Rushmoore, a half sister to stakes winners The Lady's Groom and Marina de Chavon, who has produced two winners from four to race. Kings Equine purchased the colt as a yearling for $37,000 from the Taylor Made Sales Agency consignment at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale last October.
"He prepped real fast at the farm," Reyes said, "and he brought that form here today. He was a big, chunky kid, kind of fluffy as a yearling. I figured once I got him fit he would be an athlete. He's changed a lot; he's doing great.
"I was very pleased with the track today," Reyes added. "You can separate the good ones over a track like this."
Four runners shared the fastest time of :21 flat for a quarter mile breeze.
Woodford Thoroughbreds, agent, consigns Hip 73, a Congrats colt who is the first foal out of the winning Montbrook mare Lovely Golda, a half sister to multiple grade I winner and millionaire Turbulent Descent (also by Congrats).
Woodford Thoroughbreds bred the dark bay or brown colt, who is getting his initial taste of an auction environment.
"Being a homebred, he's never been through a sale," Woodford Thoroughbreds' John Gleason noted of the Kentucky-bred colt. "We have liked him all along. He performed as expected."
Hip 81 is a bay filly by Flatter consigned by de Meric Sales, agent. Produced from the unplaced Macho Uno mare Luxaholic, a half sister to stakes winner Won Awesome Dude, the filly was bred in Kentucky by Gabriel Duignan, Patrick Costello, Ben McElroy, and John Wade.
Tristan de Meric went to $25,000 to acquire the filly from the Hunter Valley Farms consignment at the 2014 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.
"She's a nice filly," de Meric said following the breeeze. "She has been rock solid all year. We really like her. She stepped up and did what we thought she would.
"The track seemed to be playing a tick or two slow today," de Meric added. "It was a little sticky out there. The good ones separated themselves out."
Hip 99, named Flying Rumors, is a colt by Discreet Cat consigned by Eddie Woods, agent. Out of the unraced Maria's Mon mare Marialua, who has produced three winners, the colt was bred in Kentucky by Twin Hopes Farm. He sold to Pegasus Bridge for $150,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall sale, where he was consigned by Lane's End, as agent.
Rounding out the quartet of bullet workers at the distance is Hip 186, a Divine Park colt consigned by Southern Chase Farm (Greg and Karen Dodd), agent. The half brother to graded stakes-placed Norainonthisparty was produced from the unraced Dayjur mare Never a Cloudy Day, the dam of three other winners. He was bred in Kentucky by Mike and Brent Harris.
Hip 11, a Magna Graduate colt consigned by Blue River Bloodstock, agent, recorded the fastest three furlongs of the session, stopping the clock in :33 2/5 for the distance.
The full brother to stakes-placed Unbridled Graduate was bred in Kentucky by Elisabeth Alexander and is out of the unraced Mineshaft mare Kimberlite. The bay colt was bought for $10,000 by Blue River Bloodstock from Beth Bayer's consignment at last year's OBS August yearling sale.
The under tack preview continues April 14 with hips 210-400 slated to breeze. The preview will be streamed live at bloodhorse.com/OBS beginning at 8 a.m. EDT.
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