Day 1 Ocala 2YO Sale – Average leaps 49% in Florida

A Limehouse filly headed the Day 1 leader-board of the Ocala Breeders 2YO Sale in Florida on Monday.

Offered by Eisaman Equine (as agent), the Kentucky-bred filly from stakes-placed Dominica (Housebuster) was purchased by Alex and JoAnn Lieblong for $320,000.  She had initially changed hands at the Keeneland September yearling for $28,000.

Day 1 trade reached $11.37 million for 189 horses.  The average jumped 49% to $60,172 while the median went up 48% to $37,000.

Limehouse represents the Mr Prospector sireline through Gone West and Grand Slam.  He was trained by Todd Pletcher for victories in the G2 Hutcheson Stakes, G2 Brooklyn Hcp, G3 Bashford Manor Stakes and G3 Tampa Bay Derby.  He also finished fourth to Smarty Jones in the 2004 Kentucky Derby.

He retired to Vinery Kentucky and now stands for a $3,500 fee at O’Sullivan Farms in West Virginia.

Rangeview Stud shuttler Henny Hughes sired the top-priced colt that realised $290,000 to the bid of K K Eishindo.  The same Japanese based buyer topped Day 2 of the 2011 Ocala 2YO Sale when paying $400,000 for a Scat Daddy colt.

Henny Hughes has sired the USA bred Japanese stakes winners Henny Hound and Keiai Leone.  Wavertree Stables consigned his colt from the stakes-placed mare Dress for Succes (Tricky Mister).  He had clocked 21s for 400m at the breeze-ups late last week.

The Ocala Breeders 2YO Sale runs through until Thursday.  Full results can be viewed here.