All key indicators received across-the-board increases at the Ocala March 2YO Sale on Tuesday.
A total of 97 horses sold during the first of two sessions for more than $13.54 million at the Florida venue. The average was up 9% from the 2012 opening session of $139,629, the median increased 23% to $120,000 and the clearance rate improved 4 points to 80%.
Topping the bill at $480,000 was a Flatter – Well (Well Decorated) colt consigned by Niall Brennan Stables. Bloodstock agent David Ingordo signed the ticket for the half brother to Group winner Well Spelled (Spellbinder). The grey colt was bred in Kentucky and sold for $60,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale.
“He has the presence of a good horse,” Brennan said. “All the parts fit. He performed beautifully at the under tack show and is impressive on the track and in the barn. I expect he will be on our stakes board next year.”
A Malibu Moon colt out of stakes-winning A. P. Jet mare Travelator was next best at $370,000. Consigned by Woodford Thoroughbreds, the colt is headed to Japan for an undisclosed owner. “He is a very balanced individual,” trainer Mizuki Takayanagi said through an interpreter. “He looks to have a lot of power. We’re excited about him.”
Travelator was a multiple stakes winner of $647,672 but her colt failed to meet his reserve at the 2012 Keeneland September sale. “We’ve always liked him,” Woodford manager Matt Lyons said. “This is our first 2YO Sale and we’re very pleased to get off to a good start. We didn’t get what we wanted at Keeneland so we held on to him.”
The top-priced filly of the day was the Pioneerof the Nile – Wild Catseye (Forest Wildcat) youngster who sold to Stonestreet Stables for $350,000. Consigned by Becky Thomas of Sequel Bloodstock, she was a $52,000 graduate of last year’s Keeneland September Sale.
“We’re excited with the results of the opening session,” Ocala Breeders’ director Tod Wojciechowski said. “We have been cautiously optimistic since the breeze show and we had excellent traffic in the barn area all weekend.
“We were hopeful that everything would translate to a strong sale and there are still a lot of good horses to be sold on Wednesday.”