08/21/2008 12:00AM

$90,000 filly leads Ocala session


After posting three straight days of decreases, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling auction in Ocala, Fla., got its final session under way Thursday with a $90,000 Trippi filly the early leader at 4:30 p.m.

Charles H. Deters bought session-leader Hip No. 1101, a bay daughter of Lady Argo, by Gold Meridian. Lady Argo already is the dam of stakes-winner and stakes-producer Argos Appeal. Janie Roper, agent, sold Hip No. 1101.

On Wednesday, a $95,000 colt by Spanish Steps topped the third session, which saw declines in gross, average, and median.

The session sold 226 horses for $2,036,000, down 19 percent from last year's third day, when 193 horses sold. The average price fell 30 percent, from $12,946 to $9,009, and the median dropped 27 percent, from $7,500 to $5,500. The buy-back percentage rose only slightly, from 27.7 percent last year to 28 percent this year.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey purchased Wednesday's session-topper, a bay son of the Meadowlake mare Entre Nous. The dam is a half-sister to the stakes-placed runner On Safari.

Cutting Edge Equine, agent, consigned the session-topper.