Rockport Harbor Filly Tops OBS June Session

Rockport Harbor Filly Tops OBS June Session
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Hip No. 539, a Rockport Harbor filly, brought $210,000 at the second session of Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s June 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale.

A Rockport Harbor filly consigned by Bobby Dodd, agent, commanded the top price of the second session of Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s June 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale June 18, bringing $210,000 from Patrice Miller, EQB Inc.

The filly, who sold late in the session as Hip 539, is out of the Meadowlake mare Cinnamon Girl, a full sister to stakes winner Abby Girl.

Bred in Kentucky by David Soblick, the filly is a half sister to stakes-placed Livin Peace. She was acquired as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton July sale for $47,000 by Grand Oaks, who bought her from consignor Rosilyn Polan.

"She is a very good mover," said Miller of the filly who breezed an eighth of a mile in :10 2/5 at the under-tack preview and was purchased for an undisclosed client. "She worked very well."

Calumet Farm took home Hip 442, a Quality Road   colt consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent, for $185,000.

Out of the unraced A.P. Indy mare Banner, a full sister to graded stakes-placed A.P. Five Hundred and a half sister to stakes winner Gold Streamer, by Forty Niner, the colt breezed an eighth in :10 3/5 at the under tack preview.

"He stood out," said Calumet's farm manager Eddie Kane, who signed the ticket for the colt on behalf of Brad Kelley. "He's athletic and balanced, and Mr. Kelley loved the pedigree."

Bred in Kentucky by Tony Holmes and Dr. and Mrs. Walter Zent, the colt failed to meet his reserve for Eaton Sales at last year's Keeneland September sale where he left the ring on a final bid of $45,000.

Brennan also consigned Hip 436, a son of Stormy Atlantic   bought by Gayle Van Leer, agent, for $165,000.

The chestnut colt, who worked a quarter in :21 3/5 at the under tack preview, was produced from the winning Empire Maker   mare Back in Time, a half sister to Lucky Pulpit  , sire of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands (gr.I), and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner California Chrome  .

Bred in Kentucky by Dapple Bloodstock and Susan Bunning, the colt was a $95,000 RNA for Brennan at the OBS April sale

"I like who we bought him from," said Van Leer, "and Niall likes him a lot. The colt has a great attitude, and we should be able to go right on with him."

Purchased for an undisclosed California client, the colt will be trained by Tim Yakteen and is being pointed to the upcoming meet at Del Mar.

Hip 472, a filly by Kitten's Joy  Blue Holiday, by Cure the Blues, sold to M. Recio Bloodstock, agent for Mike Anderson Racing, for $157,000. Consigned by Eddie Woods, agent, the filly is a full sister to graded stakes winner Holiday for Kitten and stakes winner Notonthesamepage.

Bred in Kentucky by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, the filly worked an eighth in :10 1/5 at the under tack preview.

Hip 510, a Scat Daddy filly consigned by de Meric Sales, agent, was purchased for $130,000 by Cody Autrey, agent for Steve Landers.

The filly, who breezed a quarter in :21 1/5 at the under-tack preview, is out of Carrie My Love, by Meadowlake, a half sister to stakes winner Time for Romance, from the family of graded stakes winners Justin Phillip  , Keyed Entry, Successful Mission, and Algorithms  .

Nick de Meric acquired the Kentucky-bred filly from Valkyre Stud, agent for breeder Oakbrook Farm, at last year's Keeneland September sale for $65,000.

The steady, but unspectacular session saw 175 horses change hands for total sales of $5,533,400, compared with 208 horses sold for $7,487,000 at last year's corresponding session. The average price was $31,619, compared with $35,995 in 2013 while the median price escalated 10% from $20,000 last year to $22,000.

The buy-back percentage was 21.5%; identical to last year's second session.

Commenting on the market at the June sale, Van Leer said, "For the better horses that vet, there is plenty of money here to buy them."

Eddie Woods led all consignors in the session, selling nine head for $571,000. Niall Brennan was next, selling six youngsters for $434,000.

Dennis O'Neill topped all buyers in the session, spending $247,000 for four juveniles.

The June sale continues June 19 with Hips 601-900 slated to sell beginning at 10:30 a.m. The sale will be streamed live at

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