Day 1 average at Florida 2YO Sale jumps 45 per cent

A filly by Darley sire Medaglia d’Oro topped Day 1 of the Ocala Breeders 2YO Sale in Florida on Monday.  She made $400,000 to the bid of Southwind Stables.

Bred in Kentucky by Peter Van Andel and Stonewall Farm, she was consigned by Niall Brennan (as agent) and had breezed 400 metres in 21 seconds.  The filly is from the stakes-winning Capote mare Bashful Charmer and is a half sister to stakes winner Saturday’s Child.

“We’re very happy with the sale,” Brennan said.  “We expected her to sell well.  She’s been popular.  She has a great page and she had an excellent breeze.”

The session-topper had changed hands at the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale for $50,000.  Next on the leader-board were a Harlan’s Holiday colt ($285,000) and Henny Hughes filly ($225,000)

All told, 179 lots changed hands for turnover of $7.40 million at a $41,358 average which was up 45% compared to a year ago.  The clearance rate improved 4 points to 77%.

“The sale is off to a great start,” Ocala general manager Tom Ventura commented.  “All of the numbers are headed in the right direction.  We’re certainly very pleased and I’m optimistic it’s going to be a solid sale throughout.”

The four-day Ocala Breeders 2YO Sale runs through to Thursday.