03/22/2006 12:00AM

$1.8M colt sets OBS record


A $1.8 million Belong to Me colt and a $1 million Indian Charlie filly set records for top prices at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s March select juvenile sale Wednesday in Ocala, Fla.

The seven-figure lots also helped lift the OBS March sale's overall numbers. The two-day sale ended Wednesday with 286 juveniles sold for a total of $31,044,000, well up from last year's $26,399,000 for 323 lots. Average price also climbed sharply, rising 33 percent to $108,545.

Nine lots, including the sale-topping colt and filly, sold for $400,000 or more at the second session. Agent Buzz Chace signed for the sale-topping colt, Hip No. 362, by Belong to Me out of Vassar. The colt is the most expensive horse ever sold at an OBS auction, beating the previous record of $1.725 million set by the broodmare K D Princess at the auction house's 1982 fall mixed sale.

Minutes later, Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum's Darley Stable purchased Hip No. 368, the Indian Charlie filly out of V Sign. Darley's $1 million bid made the filly the most expensive filly ever sold at an OBS March sale. The previous record was $575,000 for the Yankee Affair filly Yankee Million in 2004.

Ciaran Dunne's Wavertree agency sold the $1.8 million Belong to Me colt. The colt, the first foal for his dam, last went through an auction ring at the 2005 Keeneland September sale, where he failed to reach his reserve at $105,000.

Leprechaun Racing, agent, sold the $1 million Indian Charlie filly at OBS after purchasing her for just $67,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale. The filly is a half-sister to four-time stakes winner V Formation and to multiple stakes-placed Sign of a Bird.