The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. February select sale of 2-year-olds in training got off to a fast start in Central Florida Tuesday when the first horse in the auction ring, a Silver Deputy filly, brought $520,000. New Jersey bloodstock agent Buzz Chace signed the sale ticket on behalf of West Point Thoroughbreds and automobile dealer John Williams of Georgia. Trainer Steve Klesaris and his client, Jeff Puglisi, were the immediate underbidders.
"She's a long-striding filly that moved beautiful over the racetrack," Chace said. "She's a nice, good-sized filly with a good attitude. I thought we would probably get her for a little less, under $500,000, but I guess somebody else really wanted her, too."
Produced from the 10-year-old stakes-winning Ghazi mare Daisy Dukes, the dark bay or brown filly is a half-sister to Japanese added-money winner Surplus Singer (by Songandaprayer). Barry Eisaman and his wife, Shari, bred the filly in the name of Eico Stable and consigned her to the sale in the name of Eisaman Equine. The filly was one of 14 horses that shared the honors for the fastest time for an eighth of a mile during the auction's first under tack show Feb. 3, covering the distance in :10.