The Ocala Breeders 2YO Sale concluded its record run with across the board gains in Florida this week.
The fourth and final session on Thursday saw a sale topping First Samurai filly change hands for $650,000. The Day 4 average of $52,325 was up 46% from last year.
The First Samurai filly was consigned by Eddie Woods (as agent) and was purchased by The Three Amigos. She was originally sold for $23,000 at the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale.
Her stakes-placed dam Refugee (Unaccounted For) is from the family of champion mare Davona Dale. “She’s a beautiful filly,” Woods said. “She’s elegant, well-made and is easy on the eye.”
A Broken Vow colt was next on the leader-board at $475,000. The Kentucky bred youngster was sold for $32,000 at the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale.
The Ocala April Sale established new records for turnover, average and median price. All told, 760 juveniles changed hands for $33.70 million
The average price for the entire sale was $44,351 and that was up 41% from last year. It surpassed the previous record of $32,494 set in 2006.
This year’s median price was $27,000 breaking the previous high of $20,000 from both the 2010 and 2011 April Sales. The clearance rate increased 7 points to 83%. A total of 73 horses sold for $100,000 or more compared to 52 last year.
“We couldn’t be more pleased,” Ocala manager Tom Ventura said. “The sale was strong at all levels. The participation from all segments was proof that there is a horse here for everyone.”