Day 2 Ocala 2YO Sale –Stonestreet Strikes with $1.80 million

A Smart Strike colt was out on his own on Day 2 of the Ocala 2YO March Sale on Wednesday.

Stonestreet Stables blew the opposition away with a $1.80 million bid for the colt who is the first foal from G2 winning Pulpit mare Mini Sermon.  He had been a $115,000 buy for Kings Equine at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky yearling sale.

The Smart Strike is a grey / roan youngster and he equalled the fastest time for a 200m breeze at Ocala when clocking 9.80 seconds last Friday.

The $1.80 million price-tag was also equal-highest ever at an Ocala 2YO March Sale since Garifine (Belong to Me) made the same price in 2006.  Garifine was purchased by Coolmore agent Demi O’Byrne and he went on to win 8 races and $177,000.

Second highest price was a War Front colt out of the unraced Horse Chestnut mare Henna at $600,000.  His dam is a half-sister to G1 racehorse and sire Pomeroy.

Wednesday’s second and final session saw 83 horses sell for $15.07 million.  The average jumped 23% to $181,651, while the median price soared 23% to $135,000.

Among Australian shuttlers, Vinery sire Congrats had a colt sell for $400,000 while Rangeview stallion Henny Hughes had two colts make $300,000 and $230,000.

Vinery’s Big Brown was also popular with two colts and a filly averaging $137,000.

Ocala reported 182 lots sold over the two sessions for $28.87 million.  The average rose 15% to $158,632 and median spiked 23% to $127,500.  The clearance rate improved 2 points to 77%.