Grand Slam Filly Tops OBS's Second Open Session

A filly by Grand Slam consigned by Sez Who Thoroughbreds was purchased by Carolyn Wilson for $60,000 to top the second open session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2003 August yearling sale. The chestnut filly, hip number 678, is out of Blushing Native, by Blushing John, a full sister to graded stakes winner Blushing Heiress and a half-sister to stakes winner Really Fancy.

For the session, 226 yearlings sold for a total of $2,026,200, compared with 207 grossing $1,771,300 in the corresponding session in 2002. The average price was $8,965, up 4.7% from $8,557 a year ago, while the median price was $6,000, a 9% gain over last year's $5,500. The buy-back rate was 25.6%; it was 28.6% in 2002. Sue Fletcher, agent was the session's leading buyer, taking home four horses for a total of $69,200.

Green Lane Farm South paid $50,000 for hip number 585, a filly by Montbrook out of stakes-placed Air Appeal, by Proud Appeal. Consigned by Sugar Hill Farm, agent, the dark bay or brown filly is a half-sister to stakes-placed U Got Appeal and Public Appeal.

A Wild Rush colt, hip number 918, out of Fredenau, by Meadowlake, was purchased by W.D. North, agent for Ricky Leppala for $45,000. Consigned by Thoroughstock, agent the bay colt is out of a half-sister to stakes-placed Fairest College.

Hip number 623, a Wild Wonder colt consigned by Karen Essick, went to Jam Jar Stable for $40,000. The dark bay or brown colt is out of Ask Me to Go, by Ask Me, a half-sister to stakes winner Flying Squirrel. The same price was realized for a Lucky Lionel filly, out of the Storm Cat mare Enterprizing Cat. Consigned by Equest Thoroughbreds, the chestnut filly is out of a daughter of graded stakes winner Family Enterprize.

The open yearling sale concludes Thursday, beginning at 11:00 a.m.