Hope for Love, a filly by Fortunate Prospect, brought the top price of $110,000 Monday during the first session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's spring sale of 2-year-old in training. The filly was produced from the winning Valid Appeal mare Amavalidhope, who is a half-sister to stakes winner Amalake (by Meadowlake). Brian Morgan purchased Hope for Love from Farnsworth Farms, agent. The filly's three-furlong work in :33 2/5 was the co-fastest at the distance during the auction's under tack show.
Solitary Oak Farm, agent, sold a filly by Salt Lake to Ashby Thoroughbreds for $105,000. Out of stakes winner Cercida (by Copelan), th filly worked an eighth of a mile in :10 2/5 during last Wednesday's session of the under tack show.
In all, 166 horses sold for a gross of $3,878,700, compared with 191 horses selling for $4,181,000 during last year's opening session. The average price was $23,366, an increase of 6.7% over last year's comparable figure of $21,890. The median price was $15,000, identical to the median in 2001's opening session The buyback rate was 27.2%, compared to 28.7% last year.
Anthony W. Dutrow was the session's leading buyer in terms of gross expenditures, paying $259,000 for four horses. James K. Roberts was next with five for $169,000, followed by Brian Morgan with two for $128,000. Twenty-four horses sold for $50,000 or more, compared with 17 during last year's first session.
The sale runs through Thursday, with sessions beginning at 10:30 a.m. (EDT) each day.