Ocala Breeders Sale continues strong run in Florida

The Ocala Breeders 2YO Sale continued its strong run during the second of four sessions in Florida on Tuesday.

The Day 2 turnover reached $8.73 million at an average of $44,322 which was up 36% from the corresponding session last year.  The clearance rate increased 1 point to 81%.

“There was a lot of strength top to bottom,” Ocala director Tod Wojciechowski said.  “It feels like a real good horse sale.  We hope the momentum continues and I know there are still a lot of good horses left to go through the ring.”

A Majestic Warrior colt topped Day 2 bringing $400,000 from Narvick International and it’s assumed he is headed to Japan.  Produced from the Mr. Greeley mare Flirtatious Miss, he was consigned by Harris Training Center as agent for Farfellow Farms.

Bred by Buck Pond Farm in Kentucky, the session-topper was a $47,000 purchase by Farfellow Farms as a foal at the 2010 Keeneland November sale.  He then failed to reach his reserve at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton July yearling sale.

The Majestic Warrior colt equalled the $400,000 paid for a Medaglia d’Oro filly on Day 1.

“The offspring of Majestic Warrior are really selling well,” Robert Harris of Harris Training Center, said.  “He’s a son of A.P. Indy and he’s a popular sire right now.  This colt is a neat horse.  It seemed like all the right buyers were on him.  Horses like him sell themselves.

“The sale has been strong,” added Harris.  “I bought 15 to the sale and have sold everything so far.  This sale is the 2YO version of Keeneland September yearling sale.  There is a horse in every price range.”

A Florida-bred Keyed Entry – Dixie Image (Halo’s Image) filly was next best on the leader-board at $260,000.  She was acquired by Hernan Parra at last year’s Ocala August Sale for just $5,700.  Her dam Dixie Image is a sister to former Australian shuttler Southern Image.

The Ocala 2YO Sale continues through to Thursday.