Brushwood Stable went to $900,000 to acquire a son of Bernardini on Day 2 of the Ocala Breeders 2YO Sale in Florida.
Bidding by phone, Brushwood’s Betty Moran bought the session-topping colt who is out of the winning Deputy Minister mare Rooney’s Princess. Second dam Princess Rooney (Verbatim) was Champion USA Older Mare in 1984.
The Bernardini colt was consigned by Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds. He is a younger half-brother to stakes performers Prince Rooney and VIP Princess. He was bred in Kentucky by the Robert Gentry Family Partnership and had been purchased for $225,000 from the Gainesway Farm at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale.
After record-breaking trade on Monday, Ocala officials were hoping for more of the same on Day 2 and they were rewarded with a session that showcased the strength of this year’s robust juvenile market.
Following another round of spirited bidding on Tuesday, 208 horses grossed $13.09 million. The average price soared 47% to $62,940 and the median spiralled 33% to $40,000. The clearance rate was steady at 86%.
A total of 26 horses sold for $100,000 or more compared with 17 in the same session in 2012.
“We had high hopes but the first two days have definitely exceeded our expectations,” Ocala director Tod Wojciechowski said. “The action has been great. We hope it will continue. I believe there are still a lot of good horses left to be sold and plenty of people still here to buy them. I have no indications that it will slow down.”
The Ocala Breeders 2YO Sale runs through until Thursday. Full results can be viewed at: www.obssales.com