Storm Boot Filly Among Fastest Workers At OBS; Roar Filly Breaks Down

A Storm Boot filly and a Crafty Friend colt shared the honors for the fastest work at an eighth of a mile Sunday, covering the distance in :10 1/5 during the second session of the final under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March select auction of 2-year-olds in training. The weather in Central Florida was cloudy and warm, with a light wind.

Consigned by Danny Pate of Solitary Oak Farm, agent, the Storm Boot filly was produced from the stakes-placed Broad Brush mare Dynamic Broad. The 11-year-old mare is full sister to Ohio Derby (gr. II) winner Stellar Brush and a half-sister to Cotillion Handicap (gr. II) winner Star Minister (by Deputy Minister). Kathleen Schonefeld purchased the Storm Boot filly for $42,000 at last year's Keeneland September yearling sale.

Named Friendly Island, the Crafty Friend colt was produced from the winning Ogygian mare Island Queen. New Episode Training Center, agent, is his consignor. The colt was a $50,000 buy-back at the 2002 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling sale.

Five juveniles tied for the fastest clocking of 21 2/5 at a quarter mile. They were a Two Punch -- Duds colt; a Two Punch -- Gala Goldie colt; a Lucky Lionel -- Gray Touch filly; an Unbridled's Song -- Miss Ali King filly; and a Forest Wildcat -- Miss Insync filly. The Two Punch -- Duds colt also ranked among the fastest workers in the first under tack show, zipping an eighth in :10 1/5 on March 9.

An Editor's Note -- Honey Bee Pink colt posted the fastest time at three furlongs, stopping the clock in :34 4/5.

The under tack show was marred by the breakdown of a Roar filly. She was euthanized after shattering her left front cannon bone. The filly was galloping out following her workout when the injury occurred. Her rider, Danny Foley, was taken to the hospital, where he was undergoing tests as of Sunday afternoon.

"This is the first time that something like this has happened to me," said the filly's consignor, Eddie Woods. "It was a very unfortunate situation. She had worked great."

The filly was produced from the stakes-placed Northern Baby mare Northern Wool. Bred in Kentucky by Lynae and Chris Duff, she was a $10,000 buy-back at the 2001 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Last year, Prairie Star Racing Stable purchased the filly for $17,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale.

The OBS March sale will be conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday, with each session beginning at 11 a.m.