With a catalog of 340 horses, the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training is the largest of the five major select juvenile auctions conducted each year in California, Florida, and Kentucky. Following is a list of horses in the sale’s March 16 first session that buyers and consignors said were attracting a lot of attention and had the potential to bring big prices:
Hip No. 2, Joker Face, a colt by It's No Joke – Zonda, by Deputy Minister. Consigned by Ricky Leppala, agent.
“He’s a big, stretchy, two-turn-type horse that went a quarter (mile) in :21 4/5,” Leppala said. “He’s really getting a lot of attention because of that.”
Hip No. 11, a colt by Jump Start – All American Blond, by Quiet American. Consigned by Off The Hook, agent.
“We bought him as a weanling, and he’s really well put together,” said Off The Hook’s Joe Appelbaum. “He’s a Pennsylvania-bred, and there have already been three Pennsylvania trainers here this morning (March 15) to look him. That’s an encouraging sign. He went (an eighth of a mile) in :10 3/5. For his size and his pedigree profile, that’s pretty darn good.”
Hip No. 23, a colt by Exchange Rate – Assets On Ice, by Seattle Dancer. Consigned by Eisaman Equine, agent.
“He’s more of route kind of Exchange Rate,” said Eisaman Equine’s Shari Eisaman of this bay half brother to Baldwin Stakes (gr. III) winner Seattle Borders (by Western Borders). “He’s a really nice horse and a good mover.”
Hip No. 33, a colt by Maria's Mon – Bare It Properly, by Proper Reality. Consigned by McKathan Bros., agent.
“He’s a neat little horse, but he moves like a really big horse,” said Kevin McKathan of this half brother to Stonerside Beaumont (gr. II) and Cicada (gr. III) Stakes winner Proper Gamble (by Prospectors Gamble). “Everyone is really liking him. With the pedigree he has, he’ll get around two turns. He’s put together well.”
Hip No. 35, a colt by Indian Charlie – Bellini Sunrise, by Machiavellian. Consigned by Eddie Woods, agent.
“He’s just a nice horse,” said Woods of this bay juvenile, which is from the family of grade I winner Game Face. “He’s medium-sized for an Indian Charlie, and he’s from a great family. We’ve fought a gravel with him all week, and he should have worked quicker than he did, but he still worked well (covering an eighth of a mile in :10 3/5).”
Hip No. 51, a colt by War Front – Call Your Beau, by Caller I. D. Consigned by McKathan Bros., agent.
“He’s a really big, two-turn-looking horse, and he’s a really beautiful mover,” Kevin McKathan said. “He looks like he’ll be one that will stick around (on the racetrack) late next year. He’s a little out of his element here trying to go an eighth of a mile, but I think he’s a really special horse. Everything you ask him to do, he looks for more of it.”
Hip No. 53, a colt by Afleet Alex – Cateress, by Tabasco Cat. Consigned by Jerry Bailey Sales Agency, agent.
“He’s a big, big Afleet Alex with a lot of scope,” said Jerry Bailey’s partner, Lance Robinson. “He looks like a two-turn horse.”
Hip No. 59, a filly by Yes It's True – Channing Way, by Smokester. Consigned by Journeyman Bloodstock, agent.
“She’s a really nice filly that was a May foal and is maturing quickly right now,” said Journeyman’s Brent Fernung. “She has a beautiful way of going, and she worked well (completing an eighth of a mile in :10 2/5).”
Hip No. 62, Colorful, a colt by Lemon Drop Kid – Cheerful, by Dixieland Band. Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.
“He’s been very popular,” Niall Brennan said. “He’s kind of a plain horse, but he has a lot of scope and he moves nicely on the racetrack. He’s a very correct, sound horse. He’s one for the future – the farther the better for him. He galloped out very well (after working an eighth of a mile in :10 4/5).”
Hip No. 70, a filly by Forest Wildcat – Clever Maid, by Confide. Consigned by Flying Fish, agent.
“She’s always been very precocious, really smart, and really sound,” said Flying Fish’s Art Fisher of this dark bay or brown juvenile, which worked an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5. “She’s just done everything right, and she’s the perfect size.”
Hip No. 75, a colt by Medaglia d'Oro – Colorado Spring, by Pine Bluff. Consigned by Eisaman Equine, agent.
“He worked (an eighth of a mile) in :10 3/5, and he galloped out really strong,” said Eisaman Equine’s Shari Eisaman of this dark bay or brown 2-year-old. “He’s just a real pretty, nice, low, smooth mover.”
Hip No. 77, Kantharos, a colt by Lion Heart – Contessa Halo, by Southern Halo. Consigned by Eddie Woods, agent.
“He’s a very nice horse, and he worked really good (completing a quarter mile in :21 2/5),” said Woods of this half-brother to grade III winner Ikigai (by Whywhywhy). “He’s a very striking horse when you come look at him. He resembles his dad a lot, and he might be even a hair bigger than him.”
Hip No. 93, a colt by Smart Strike – Dixie Holiday, by Dixieland Band. Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.
“Obviously, his pedigree speaks for itself – top and bottom,” said Niall Brennan of this bay half-brother to stakes winner Holiday Runner (by Meadowlake), who is the dam of grade I winner Seventh Street (by Street Cry). “He’s a beautifully-made colt; he’s a very tidy package. He has great balance and efficiency. You could see that on the track; he’s such an efficient mover (covering an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5). He’s a very, very sound, very forward, and very professional colt.”
Hip No. 95, Certainly Royal, a colt by Imperialism – Dover Court, by Gold Alert. Consigned by Southern Chase Farm, agent.
This dark bay or brown juvenile is a half-brother to a stakes-placed runner, Miss Grimsby (by Saint Ballado) and is from the family of added-money winners Cardashi, Dinner Pardner, Jasper Park, Noble Pardner, Tobe Suave, and Rose and Betty.
Hip No. 102, Atlantic Bull, a colt by Stormy Atlantic – Emptythetill, by Holy Bull. Consigned by Derby Dreams, agent.
“He’s a pleasurable colt to be around; he’s just done everything right from day one,” said Derby Dreams’ Michelle Elliott of this gray or roan half brother to grade III winner Conveyance (by Indian Charlie). “He’s done really well here (turning in the fastest time for a quarter mile of :21 1/5 during the under tack show’s first session). I’m really proud of him. He loves to train. He just has natural ability.”
Hip No. 108, Exchange Officer, a colt by Exchange Rate – Exaggerate, by Cat Thief. Consigned by Nick de Meric, agent.
“He’s athletic, and he’s a full brother to a stakes winner (Exe),” de Meric said. “He worked very well here (going an eighth of a mile in :10 2/5), and he’s trained very well into the sale. He’s an all-around nice colt, a good, strong, sound colt.”
Hip No. 109, a colt by Distorted Humor – Exchange Place, by Exchange Rate. Consigned by All In Sales, agent.
“He worked (an eighth of a mile) in :10 3/5 and looked awesome doing it,” said Tony Bowling of All In Sales. “He was really immature when we bought him and has really done a lot of changing for the better. He’s got a beautiful way of going, and I venture to say he had one of the nicer videos. He has a big, long walk, hence the big, long stride on the racetrack.”
Hip No. 117, a colt by Bandini – Five Star Holding, by Five Star Day. Consigned by Southern Chase Farm, agent.
This dark bay or brown juvenile is out of a stakes-placed runner and is from the family of champion Ashado, grade I winner Sunriver, grade II winner Foresta, and grade III winners Sindy With an S, Wising Up, Wised Up, and Quite a Bride.
Hip No. 119, Flexnow, a colt by Tiznow – Fleas Louise, by Storm Cat. Consigned by Leprechaun Racing, agent.
“He’s a big, beautiful horse,” said Leprechaun’s Mike Mulligan. “He looked like he was just galloping and went (an eighth of a mile in) :10 3/5. He also galloped out really well. He’s very popular because he’s by the right horse. He stands 17 hands, and he’s just gorgeous. I expect him to do as well as a horse can do in these (tough) economic times.”
Hip No. 124, a colt by Congrats – For All Who Dream, by Eltish. Consigned by Off The Hook, agent.
“He has a beautiful stride,” said Off the Hook’s Joe Applebaum. “He went (a quarter mile in) :22, but he did it the right way. He’s a really well put together horse.”
Hip No. 130, a colt by Dixie Union – Gin Running, by Go for Gin. Consigned by Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds, agent.
“He went good on the track (working an eighth of a mile in :10 3/5), and his family probably says that he’s a racehorse all the way through,” said Dean De Renzo of this bay half brother to grade II winner Tizfiz (by Tiznow ).
Hip No. 165, a colt by Giant's Causeway – Lady Fu Peg, by Fusiachi Pegasus. Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.
“He has a beautiful pedigree,” said Niall Brennan of this chestnut juvenile, which is from the family of grade I winner Keeper Hill (by Deputy Minister) and grade II winner Golden Gear (by Gulch). “He’s a horse for the future. He’s not really a 'now' horse even though he breezed very well (covering an eighth of a mile in :10 4/5). He’s a horse that will go a distance and keep going. He’s a very tough, durable colt, and he loves to train.”
Hip No. 169, a colt by Red Bullet– Leah’s Angel, by Caller I.D. Consigned by Eisaman Equine, agent.
“He worked (an eighth of a mile) in :21 4/5 on the first day (of the under tack show) when it was a very deep, tiring, heavy racetrack because of all the rain and because they cut the track deep on purpose so we don’t have a speedy surface, which makes it safer; he handled it like a good horse should,” said Eisaman Equine’s Shari Eisaman of this half-brother to grade III winner Expect an Angel (by Valid Expectations).”