Gill, who is currently enjoying a strong Gulfstream Park meeting with mainly claiming horses, has been extremely active in the early part of the sale and is on pace to be the leading buyer at the sale for the second straight year.
A colt from the first crop of Seattle Slew stallion Doneraile Court brought a final bid of $400,000 from agent John Ferguson to top the early returns at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s selected 2-year-olds in training sale at Calder Race Course on Tuesday.Ferguson, who outlasted Todd Pletcher and Mike Gill in the bidding, signed the ticket on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum's Godolphin Racing. The dark bay or brown colt is out of the winning Copelan mare Future Guest, who is a half sister to Grade 2 winner Whata Brainstorm.Consigned by Murray Smith, the son of Doneraile Court was purchased as a yearling for $60,000 by M.S.T. Stable at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale. He breezed an eighth of a mile in :10 2/5 during the first under-tack show Jan. 27. The top-priced filly through the first half of the sale -- a daughter of Tale of the Cat -- drew a hammer price of $260,000. John Ward signed the ticket for John Oxley."She was a good mover and she's from one of the good old families," Ward explained. "I thought that was a reasonable price."Consigned by Becky Thomas, agent for Sequel Bloodstock, the chestnut filly is out of the Mt. Livermore mare Princess Harriet. She breezed an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5 during the first under-tack show. Thomas bought the filly for $32,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale.