03/18/2003 12:00AM

Filly leads OBS at $350k


The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's two-day March select sale of 2-year-olds got under way Tuesday with an early high price of $350,000 for an American Chance filly.

Team Valor bought the filly, a daughter of stakes placed Sweet and Lowdown who was among six juveniles to top the March 17-18 work tab with a quarter-mile breeze in 21.40 seconds. The filly sold as Hip No. 81 from the Moonshadow Farm agency. She is the first registered foal for her dam.

The American Chance filly last went through an auction ring at Keeneland's 2002 September yearling sale, where Mark Casse, agent, signed for her on a $40,000 final bid. Paramount Sales, agent, sold her at Keeneland.

At 5:30 p.m., the opening session's second-most expensive lot was a $300,000 Subordination colt out of stakes winner Tricky Move, by Tricky Creek. M & M Racing signed for the colt, who sold as Hip No. 110 from Horizon Bloodstock's consignment. The colt initially sold as a weanling at the 2000 Keeneland November sale, where Gainesway, agent, let him go for $5,500. The buyer that day, agent Becky Merkel, pinhooked him to a $20,000 sale at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic's September yearling auction last year. Horizon Bloodstock bought him there.

The OBS auction was to conclude Wednesday, with the final session starting at 11 a.m. at the OBS pavilion in Ocala.