04/20/2009 11:00PM

$180,000 filly can't lift session

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - One day after his session-topping $675,000 purchase helped lift the Ocala Breeders Sales Company s spring 2-year-old, Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum dipped into the market again. But, unlike Monday, the Tuesday session posted losses across the board.

Maktoum s representative, John Ferguson, bought a $180,000 Snow Ridge filly that was Tuesday s session-leader at 5 p.m. Leprechaun Racing, agent, consigned the chestnut daughter of Placerita, by Gilded Time. The filly, cataloged as Hip No. 443, had worked an eighth-mile in 9.80 seconds at last weeks under-tack show for the auction.

Two other horses sold for $100,000 or more on Tuesday. The first was Hip No. 454, a $120,000 Spanish Steps-Poitrine colt that Southern Cypress Stables, agent, sold to Double Eagle Ranch. The bay colt worked a quarter-mile in 20.80 seconds at the under-tack preview. The second to bring six figures was Hip No. 692, a Forbidden Apple-Stacie s Halo filly that sold for $120,000 to LRK, Inc. Consigned by Bridlewood Farm, the bay filly worked an eighth in 9.60 seconds at the under-tack show.

The session ended Tuesday with declines in gross, average, and median, reversing gains seen in gross and average at Monday s opener. The Tuesday session, the second of four at the auction, sold 212 juveniles for $5,036,300, down 19 percent from last year s total for 202 horses. Average fell 23 percent to $23,756, and the $15,000 median was 29 percent lower. The buyback percentage was 19 percent, down from 25 percent in 2008.

On Monday, Ferguson bought a $675,000 A. P. Indy colt out of Grade 1 winner Got Koko to top the opening session at the Ocala, Fla. Sale. The session saw gains in gross and average. Median fell, but not to the extent seen at most other juvenile auctions this year, when 30-percent drops were common. The OBS Monday session sold 210 juveniles for $5,477,500, up 13 percent from last year s total for 188 horses. The average price of $26,083 increased less than 1 percent but was still on the plus side of the ledger. The $16,000 median was down 11 percent from last season s $18,000.

Buybacks also declined from 30 percent a year ago to 24 percent.

M. Neal Sims, agent, consigned Monday s session-topping A. P. Indy colt, one of four horses to reach six figures during the bidding.

The auction was to continue at OBS through April 23, with sessions starting daily at 10:30 a.m.