06/20/2007 11:00PM

Average, median dip at Ocala sale

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The average and median prices at the two-day Ocala Breeders' Sales Company June 2-year-olds in training sale, which ended on Wednesday night in Ocala, Fla., declined slightly even as the number of horses bringing relatively high prices jumped dramatically.

For the sale, 308 horses sold for gross proceeds of $6,794,900, an average of $22,061, down 1.8 percent from the average price last year, when 245 horses sold for $5,508,700, an average price of $22,484. The median declined 6.7 percent, from $15,000 last year to $14,000 this year.

At the top end, 33 horses sold for $50,000 or more, compared with 21 horses who brought $50,000 or more last year. Nine sold for $100,000 or more, compared with five last year.

The sale-topper was a colt by Distorted Humor out of the Salt Lake mare Sweet Serendipity who was purchased for $260,000 by Zayat Stables from the consignment of Becky Thomas's Sequel Bloodstock.

The sale-topping filly was a Jump Start filly named Browning who sold on the first day for $190,000 after working the fastest quarter-mile of the sale's under-tack show.