08/24/2010 9:43PM

$280K Any Given Saturday filly boosts Ocala select session

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - A $280,000 filly from Grade 1 winner Any Given Saturday’s first crop helped lift the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August select yearling sale Tuesday in Ocala, Fla. The single select session ended the day with increases in gross, average, and median.

Jeff Bonde and Mersad Metanovic bought the Any Given Saturday filly, whose dam, the winning Prized mare Ricki S., is a full sister to Grade 1-winning millionaire Brass Hat. Beth Bayer, agent, was the seller.

The session sold 131 yearlings for $4,713,500, up 30 percent from last year’s gross for 110 yearlings. Average price climbed 9 percent to $35,981, and the median increased 8 percent to $27,000.

The bay filly sold as Hip No, 117 and was one of five yearlings to bring $100,000 or more at the select session. The others were Hip No. 193, a $135,000 Malibu Moon-Ambition Unbridled colt that Nick de Meric, agent, bought from the Legacy Bloodstock agency; Hip No. 184, a $105,000 Tiznow-Abounding Truth filly that The Big Stable bought from Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield agency; Hip No. 10, a $100,000 Congrats-Cajun Dawn colt that de Meric bought, again from the Summerfield agency; and Hip No. 38, a $100,000 Pomeroy-Elbow colt that Patrice Miller, representing EQB Inc., purchased from the Kaizen Sales agency.

All four have close connections to stakes performers in their pedigrees. The $135,000 Malibu Moon colt and the $105,000 Tiznow filly are both out of stakes winners. The $100,000 Congrats colt is a half-brother to Grade 2-placed Peace at Dawn, and the $100,000 Pomeroy colt is a half-brother to multiple Grade 2 winner D’ Funnybone.

The OBS yearling auction was to continue through Aug. 26 with open sessions beginning daily at 10:30 a.m. at the OBS sale complex in Ocala.