Vinery sire Limehouse was represented by a US$500,000 filly that topped Thursday’s final session of the Ocala Breeders’ 2YO Sale in Florida. He is currently standing his fifth season for a $10,000 fee at Vinery’s Lexington nursery.
The Limehouse – Deputy’s Delight (French Deputy) filly headed the leader board for the entire four-day sale ahead of a Pleasantly Perfect colt that made $260,000 on Monday.
The half-million dollar filly is a half-sister to Delightful Kiss (Kissin Kris) who has won 7 races from 29 starts to date including the 2007 Ohio Derby (G2), 2008 All American St (G3) and Turfway Park Fall Championship (G3) and 2009 Hal’s Hope Hcp (G3).
Consigned as part of the Hobeau Farm Dispersal, the filly had drilled 400m in 20.40s which was equal fastest for the trip at the pre-sale breeze-ups. Agent Mark Casse was the buyer.
Limehouse was also responsible the next most expensive lot on the Day 4 leader-board when agent Bob Feld paid $200,000 for the colt from Langfuhr mare Cukee. The Kentucky-bred youngster was a $7,000 buy at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky yearling sale last October.
Limehouse is a Mr Prospector line sire through Gone West and Grand Slam. He was a G2 winner of the Bashford Manor Stakes at Churchill Downs at two, the G2 Hutcheson St at Gulfstream and G3 Tampa Bay Derby at three and the G2 Brooklyn Hcp at Belmont as a four year-old.
Cumulatively, 739 lots grossed $20.75 million at the four-day Florida sale. The average climbed 13% to $28,084 and the clearance rate was steady at 74%. A total of 32 horses sold for $100,000 or more compared with 13 last year.