Northern Afleet Gelding Brings $120,000 At OBS

A gelding from the first crop of Northern Afleet topped the second session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's spring juvenile auction Tuesday, bringing a $120,000 bid from New Jersey bloodstock agent Buzz Chace. The gelding is the first foal produced from the 7-year-old Great Above mare Goose Geisz, who is a half-sister to 1987 Calder stakes winner Zaleucus (by Wardlaw). The gelding worked a quarter mile in :21 4/5 during the under tack show. He was consigned by Ricky Leppala, agent. Leppala's wife, Stacy, bred the gelding in partnership with Linda Adams.

An El Prado--J'Aime Jeblis colt and a Gulch--Katie Love colt also brought six-figure prices Tuesday. Kentucky bloodstock agent Dan Kenny purchased the El Prado colt for $100,000 from Mark Casse, agent. Kentuckians Ken and Sarah Ramsey bought the Gulch colt for $100,000 from Leppala.

In all, 190 horses were sold for a gross of $4,108,800 and an average of $21,625. Compared to the same session last year, when 163 horses were sold, the gross was down by 1.2%, and the average was down by 15.3%. This year's buy-back rate was 24.0%, with 60 of the 250 horses offered failing to find new homes.

The sale runs through Thursday in Florida, with sessions beginning at 10:30 a.m. (EDT) each day.